Why Getting Up The First Time Your Alarm Rings Matters
Why it Matters
Getting up the first time an alarm rings might not seem like that big of a deal. But, it sets up the entire day. Getting up to turn off an alarm clock is one of the first decisions you consciously make in the morning. Self Improvement expert and Day Time TV show host, Mel Robbins explains the importance of this habit.
If you allow yourself to lay back down, you force your body into a state of sleep inertia.
You are essentially beginning a new sleep cycle. Unfortunately, your alarm will be set to wake you up partway through that sleep cycle. And ultimately, you will be more tired. When you are more tired, you are less productive.
I listened to Mel Robbins talk about not hitting snooze in January of 2019. Before watching her video, I had to set at least three different alarms to make sure that I got out of bed in the morning.
While I would consider myself a morning person, I struggled to get moving after I would hit snooze on my alarm.
I typically wasted 30 minutes in bed. During that 30 minutes, I was not getting a restful sleep.
In January, I decided that I could give walking up to my alarm on the first ring a try. The first step was to remove my phone from my nightstand. I decided to plug it in our bathroom that was very close by. But, far enough that I would have to take several steps away from my bed.
The first time I did it, it was tough. But, I wonder if that was because I mentally thought it would be.
After getting up on the first ring three days in a row, it got easier. I also felt more awake. If I feel like I need more sleep and have the opportunity to get another hour or two in, I might reset my alarm for a future time. But this is pretty rare.
What I don’t do is hit snooze.
I have not hit snooze since January of this year and do not plan to do so again. Now I set one alarm. I am not worried that I will not hear my alarm, or oversleep before a flight. I am confident I will get up on the first ring.
How to do it
- Put your phone or your alarm clock in an area that will require you to physically get out of bed.
- The first time the alarm rings, get out of bed and turn off your alarm.
- Do not lay down or curl up in your bed.
- Even if it is difficult the first time, follow through and do not revert back to your old habit.
- Get up and move even if it is tough.
What you Might Think
You might think that getting a few extra minutes of snooze time will increase the amount you are sleeping. Ironically, it does the exact opposite. When you awake during a sleep cycle you are more tired. Your mind wants to seek out something that is comfortable, and therefore it sounds really good to climb back into bed. But, don’t do it! Once you commit to the habit, it will change your morning, and your life.