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Multi-pitched alarms and female voices will help you stop hitting snooze.

The sound you are trying to wake up to has a significant influence on your ability to stop hitting the snooze button.

For many people, the snooze button is a trap. It’s worth it to pretend that snoozing doesn’t exist because the quality of your sleep you get after hitting the snooze button is greatly reduced. You’re not getting the good quality sleep that you’ve been experiencing the whole night.

Snoozing confuses your body and gives you that groggy, fuzzy-headed feeling called sleep inertia. Besides that, you’ll probably feel more tired even though you spent extra time in bed.

“What you should do instead is setting your alarm for the time you have to get up and then actually get up when it goes off, every day at the same time.” – Rafael Pelayo, a sleep specialist at Stanford University.

“What you should do instead is setting your alarm for the time you have to get up and then actually get up when it goes off, every day at the same time.” This is the hard part, but it’s possible to train yourself to stop snoozing.

Lots of articles describe various techniques on to help you stop hitting the snooze button but none of them described the influence of the sound your trying to wake up too.

Of course, the sound you are trying to wake up to has a significant influence on your ability to stop hitting the snooze button. Most people think that a high sharply pitched alarm works best to wake you up. But it’s interesting to see that multi-pitched alarms and female voices are much more effective.

Especially when you use a familiar voice: An interesting study I recently read found that children were three times more likely to wake up when hearing their mother’s voice compared with a high-pitched penetrant alarm. “Human beings are conditioned to hear voices; they’re not conditioned to hear beeps,” says Niamh Nic Daéid, a forensic scientist at the University of Dundee.

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