1. A common problem: You've gotten used to the sound of your alarm clock and it no longer has any effect. Try buying a clock that has a radio, CD player, or MP3 dock and set it to a station or song you don't particularly like. Place the clock across the room so that you actually have to get out of bed to turn it off -- you will be less inclined to go back to sleep once you're moving around.
2. If you have a tendency to hit the snooze button a few too many times, look for a clock that has a back-up or secondary alarm, and make sure to set it! Remember that "snoozing" your alarm in the morning will not make you feel more rested. It'll actually create the opposite effect and you'll be more likely to oversleep.
3. Consider how the alarm will wake you in the morning. Will it be relaxed and soothing (but loud enough to wake you up) or make a jolting, irritating sound when it goes off? How you wake up in the morning can determine if you feel rested or groggy and will set your mood for the remainder of the day.
4. If you're a really heavy sleeper and nothing seems to work, try to find a nontraditional alarm clock that will force you to get out of bed. There are some that actually talk to you, some that fire puzzle pieces into the air (and won't stop buzzing until you put the pieces back together), and even one that will wheel around your bedroom floor until you can catch it and turn it off!
Nestpert: Dr. Sezelle Gereau Haddon, Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
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