It is 6:30 am. The alarm goes off as usual, waking you up with the same old robot sound or mechanical buzzing. You become disoriented and awake drowsily. According to new research you wake yourself up in the wrong way.
What is wrong with the traditional way to kick yourself out of bed? Researchers from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology have investigated how the type of alarm sound used to wake up study participants affected their alertness, sleep slowness and mood.
Their findings? People got out of bed because of a traditional alarm sound (whether it's a traditional physical alarm clock or just the familiar sound played through a smartphone speaker) had much higher levels of sleep inertia and reduced productivity and performance compared to people who woke up with a more melodic alarm.
Researchers were surprised that the type of participants in the alarm sound study was awakened by a major impact on their morning routine, as well as their alertness and productivity over the next four hours.
The participants who woke up with quieter sounds ̵
Fortunately, unlike many research-based tips, these do not require radical behavioral or dietary changes. All you need to do to benefit directly is to choose a new alarm tone on your smartphone or tell your smarthome assistant to wake you up with a favorite song instead of a cacophony of beeps.