Sleeping in late is fantastic, until you wake up and look at the clock that was supposed to wake you up at 6:30 that’s now telling you that it’s noon. It’s easy to train your body to get used to an alarm clock, which can lead to embarrassing and potentially costly situations, but with a little bit of planning you can easily overcome this problem.
Here’s a quick guide to help you stop sleeping through your alarm clock’s noise.
1. Change the alarm noise often. Your ears get tired of hearing the same sound every morning, and when they’re trained to know what the alarm sound is, they won’t respond. If you’re constantly waking up a little bit confused because the alarm noise keeps changing, you’ll have a better chance of staying up. If you can afford it, alternate between a few alarm clocks, or get a computer alarm clock that allows you to choose different mp3s as a wake up alarm.
2. Don’t use the snooze feature on your alarm. A friend of mine kept sleeping through his alarm and couldn’t figure out why, then one day, while he was staying at my house, I noticed his alarm going off about six times. I asked him why he didn’t get up, and he explained that he usually wakes up initially, but hits the snooze button several times and power naps before finally getting out of bed. This is a great way to invite trouble, and it doesn’t help your sleep habits or your ability to wake up when an alarm goes off. Ditch the snooze button, and though it’ll be tough at first, you’ll eventually be more alert when you wake up.
3. Place your alarm clock across the room. It’s a lot harder to ignore an alarm when you can’t reach over and turn it off, so try setting your alarm clock on a dresser or somewhere in your room where you’ll have to get up to stop it. Once you’re up, be mentally resolved to stay up. You might also invest in an alarm that gradually gets louder–you won’t feel like you have to rush across the room, so it won’t be unpleasant to wake up, but the alarm will certainly wake you and you’ll realize that you’ve got to get up to stop it.
4. Find an ideal amount of sleep to get. Ever wake up feeling completely refreshed, ready for the day? The next time that happens, pay attention to your sleeping habits the night before. Try sleeping that exact amount of time for a few weeks. You may find that you don’t even need the alarm clock if you find an amount of sleep that works for your body.
Do you sleep through your alarm clock? Post tips and suggestions in the comments section below.