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Tip #47. No Snooze Ever!

This advice on how to get up early comes from Ralph Jean-Paul as found on his Potential2Success blog. “One of the rules I put into place for my experiment was the rule that I could not use the snooze button, ever! When you hit the snooze on your alarm you are allowing your mind to wake up gradually. This may slow down your productivity and energy…” – writes Ralph.

I have adapted this advice from Ralph for a bit different reason, but it still works for me just fine… First, when you’re snoozing you're stealing valuable moments of quality sleep. You neither get up nor get good sleep, so you don’t get much out of it. Second, if you hit snooze button once, there is a big temptation to do it twice, three times and so on. I remember few times being late simply because I “oversnoozed”… If you get used to snooze, you may even start pressing it automatically without completely getting out of sleep. Result is that once you wake up you may not even remember when and how many times you hit that snooze button. I remember I used several alarm clocks on my iPhone which worked just like snooze – I would put them with 5-10 min intervals and, oh my, I would never get up after first alarm! Because I knew there will be another one coming soon and I have got five more minutes to stay in warm bed… Heh, not anymore! Now, knowing there is no any “backup” and no snooze, I would wake up and get off the bed immediately! So try it – No Snooze, Ever!

Not convinced? This article by Jamie Condliffe may shed some more light: Why Snooze Button is Ruining Your Sleep

P.s. Head to Ralph’s site to read more about his interesting sleeping experiments.

Added: 1/26/2011 7:44:38 AM

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