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New Year, New Dreams—How to Stick to Your Resolutions

New YearParty hat on, bubbly beverage in hand, counting down the seconds to a clean slate; New Year’s Eve is one of those nights where you feel like you can reach out and touch the moon. Everything is within reach and anything is possible. The heat of resolution is distinctly in the air (especially at the gym in January)…until it’s not. Why do we commit to goals only to break them days or weeks later? It seems like a crummy way to embark on a new year, so we committed to finding out ways to help stick to those resolutions.

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Stop Hitting the Snooze Button!

As the Sleepy’s Snooze Director, it’s easy to understand that I am passionate about snoozing.  But there is one type of snooze that I am against, and that is the dreaded snooze button.  You may love your snooze button so much that you hit it over 14 times, but your love of delayed waking isn’t helping you at all.  I for one think that there shouldn’t even be a snooze button option any more, but before you swear me off for dismissing your love affair with that dreaded button, hear me out on the detriments of hitting the snooze button.

One of the most valuable hours of sleep is the one hour before you wake up.  Setting your alarm for an earlier wake up time so that you can incessantly hit snooze is counterproductive.  Chopping up that last hour of sleep into ten minute increments basically means you won’t be getting any extra sleep at all. 

Don’t you feel groggy once you finally stop hitting the snooze button and get out of bed?  That’s because you aren’t getting enough uninterrupted, quality sleep.  Think about it… If you set your alarm to wake up at the time you normally get up after your snoozes, you’ll be getting uninterrupted sleep until then.  You’ll wake up with more energy and it will be easier to get out of bed because you were getting quality sleep for a longer period of time.

Don’t get me wrong, I hate that surprise of the blaring alarm clock each morning just as much as the next guy, but I have ZERO desire to hear my alarm go off more than once.  That is why I’ve put together a few tips to help you ease up on your usage of the snooze button so that hopefully you too can get out of bed on the first try.

Your first mission, should you choose to accept it, is to just get out of bed as soon as your alarm goes off.  At the very least, you will want to sit up in bed after you turn your alarm off.  Moving around will make you less likely to doze back asleep.  You will also want to try and expose yourself to light early in the morning.  Setting automatic blinds to open an hour before your alarm clock will let the sun shine in and wake you up much more gradually than a loud beep from the alarm.  You could also invest in a light alarm clock that will gradually become brighter to help wake you up in time.  Once you’ve gotten yourself out of the bed, head to the bathroom and splash some water (more on the cooler side) onto your face to really make you feel awake.  Do you make coffee every morning?  Then you may want to consider getting a coffee maker with an alarm on it so that not only will your coffee be made for you by the time you get out of bed, but also that the aroma will wake you up.  If all else fails then put your alarm on the other side of the room or even in a different room so that it forces you to get out of bed and turn it off.

So there are a few tips to try to wean you off of your snooze button addiction.  Which ones do you think you’ll try?  Have you tried any before?  What do you do that I didn’t mention?


Contributor: Emily Barrett

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