How to Prevent Sleeping Through Your Alarm

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Ah- Morning~ The world is again renewed with endless possibilities... That is if you don't sleep through your alarm! Whether you're an everyday oversleeper or an occasional snooze swatter, these simple tips should help you get up and at 'em!

Things You'll Need

  • Alarm Clock
  • Maybe Another Alarm Clock
  • The best way to prevent sleeping through your alarm is to get a good night's sleep. Avoid the temptation of staying up late to watch Letterman~ Use today's technology to your advantage and record it! (If your cable/satellite company doesn't offer dvr or TiVo, you can buy your own- check out the resource section of this article) You'll find you're much less likely to hit the snooze if you're well rested.

  • Moving the location of your clock can also help you rise and shine~ Place your clock in a place that requires you to get out of bed to turn off the alarm. (Having your clock right next to your bed makes it way too easy to give it a whack and fall back to sleep.) By the time you've gotten to the snooze button, you'll already have some wits about you and are more disposed to staying up.

  • Trick yourself! This one is my personal favorite~ Advance the time an odd number of minutes (like 23 or 14). It's very challenging to subtract when you're first waking up! By the time you figure out what time it really is, you're brain will have already started to percolate~

  • If all else fails, and you just have to have that last few minutes of slumber, get a second alarm clock~ Set them to go off sequentially (like 'dueling banjos'.) This will give you less time to fall back into that deep sleep between alarms.

Tips & Warnings

  • When you notice yourself getting used to the new location of your clock, move it again!
  • If you're getting really good at subtracting 17 minutes from any given time, change the time again~
  • If you choose the '2 alarms' method, don't place the clocks right next to each other.
  • If you still find yourself oversleeping, try different combinations of these methods~
  • Make sure you have a clear path to your new alarm clock location~ Trying to cross your room when you're half asleep can lead to many stubbed toes!

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