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Hack My Snoozing Addiction

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 16, 2011 at 8:04 PM

I am addicted to snoozing. I would really, really like to be able to get up at 730 every morning, so every night I set my alarm and every morning I hit snooze for at least an hour, and end up getting up much later than I would like to.

I have good sleep hygiene. I go to bed by 11 at the latest every night and have a warm bath beforehand with no computers or TV. My window is blacked out to a level I'm comfortable with, while allowing a bit of natural light to creep in when morning comes.

I've been crossfitting twice a week for a couple of months now, and go for a quick run (under 10k) about once a week. Other than that my job involves mostly sitting throughout the day, with occasional active days.

I eat pretty clean paleo with no dairy, no nightshades, occasional splurges with honey and chocolate. I supplement with magnesium (before bed), selenium, zinc and potassium.

I've tried putting the alarm clock across the room, and in the closet, and under the bed, but I end up going to get it, getting back in bed, and continuing to snooze.

Luckily my work is flexible so I'm not late or anything, but I would really really like to be an early riser! I hate my snoozing addiction - help me Paleohackers! What am I doing wrong?

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on March 17, 2011
at 07:53 PM

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9e7039b63b656582f66d84c5255b436d

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on March 17, 2011
at 07:52 PM

for one dollar try it, but i'm not convinced it actually does anything, it seems to just produce a random graph from when I set it to when I turn it off, I don't use it as an alarm clock, I have woken earlier always. If it really is doing anything, it's just a time lapse of noise levels over the night - if anything - so it's probably recording my noisy neighbor's sleep patterns, since I sleep with ear plugs and he is dying bronchitis.

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on March 17, 2011
at 02:34 AM

Neat! I'm going to have to try it on the weekend!

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on March 17, 2011
at 12:10 AM

It goes off at the set time. Ive noticed the difference whether it's placebo or not, it works for me.

9e7039b63b656582f66d84c5255b436d

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on March 16, 2011
at 10:16 PM

i think this app is a scam, I am not convinced, sorry, leave it on the other side of the room, see what it does.

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on March 16, 2011
at 10:03 PM

I'm the same way. The only time that I can get up without snoozing is when I HAVE to be somewhere- the farm for my milk, or meeting friends on a Saturday. For me, it seems to be a motivation issue. "Work? Meh- another 20 won't hurt."

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on March 16, 2011
at 09:42 PM

Not sharing a bed with anyone right now, but that's a great point. Considerate snoozing is a must!

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on March 16, 2011
at 09:42 PM

That's the problem - I can't figure out what works for me. And my "snoozing self" has absolutely no willpower. No matter how much I tell myself the night before that I'm going to get up, "snoozing self" takes over in the morning and WILL NOT GET UP!

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on March 16, 2011
at 08:26 PM

If you have partner I would suggesting breaking your habit for their sanity....my husband used to do this...I considered it rude since it kept breaking my sleep (this was when i had to work much later than him) and if I would have done the same thing he would have been upset...anyway...if not then change your alarm to the time you actually MUST get up then force yourself to do it... I know you can:)

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on March 16, 2011
at 08:06 PM

Buy an electrical timer and hook it up to a lamp in your room that you can't reach. Have the light turn on when you want to wake up. They sell expensive devices that slowly increase the amount of light, but this works well enough. It doesn't have to be all that high a wattage to be starkly more bright than the caves we create. I think I use an 11 or 15 watt.

I think the light works better since it interacts in some way with a melatonin pathway.

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on March 16, 2011
at 08:18 PM

Honestly, I hate to say it, but it's like any other addiction...you gotta exercise some willpower to break it. I've had the same problem on and off ever since having a sleep deprived 5 years as an architecture student. Back then, when I had to wake up on time, I would fall asleep repeating over and over in my head "I must get up when the alarm goes off" and somehow that was enough of a mental trigger to make me remember to stay up when I got up to turn off the alarm. NO GETTING BACK INTO BED! You must exercise enough willpower to head directly to the bathroom, to bright lights, to the kitchen, to walk your dog. Whatever works for you.

065bc9a541c742defb28b9c58ad34fbd

(1783)

on March 16, 2011
at 09:42 PM

That's the problem - I can't figure out what works for me. And my "snoozing self" has absolutely no willpower. No matter how much I tell myself the night before that I'm going to get up, "snoozing self" takes over in the morning and WILL NOT GET UP!

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4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

on March 16, 2011
at 10:06 PM

I use an Iphone App

http://mdlabs.se/sleepcycle/

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock

During the night you go from light sleep to deep sleep, occasionally entering into a dream state which is called REM-sleep. These are things that your normal alarm clock does not care about, and will go off at the set time regardless of whether you are in a light sleep phase or in the deepest sleep. However, since you move differently in bed during the different phases, the Sleep Cycle alarm clock is able to use the accelerometer in your iPhone to monitor your movement and determine which sleep phase you are in. Sleep Cycle then uses a 30 minute alarm window that ends at your set alarm time and wakes you in your lightest sleep phase.

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9e7039b63b656582f66d84c5255b436d

(1132)

on March 16, 2011
at 10:16 PM

i think this app is a scam, I am not convinced, sorry, leave it on the other side of the room, see what it does.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on March 17, 2011
at 12:10 AM

It goes off at the set time. Ive noticed the difference whether it's placebo or not, it works for me.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on March 17, 2011
at 02:34 AM

Neat! I'm going to have to try it on the weekend!

9e7039b63b656582f66d84c5255b436d

(1132)

on March 17, 2011
at 07:53 PM

edit: dying of

9e7039b63b656582f66d84c5255b436d

(1132)

on March 17, 2011
at 07:52 PM

for one dollar try it, but i'm not convinced it actually does anything, it seems to just produce a random graph from when I set it to when I turn it off, I don't use it as an alarm clock, I have woken earlier always. If it really is doing anything, it's just a time lapse of noise levels over the night - if anything - so it's probably recording my noisy neighbor's sleep patterns, since I sleep with ear plugs and he is dying bronchitis.

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on March 16, 2011
at 09:02 PM

Yeah, I've been struggling with this too. I think on Monday I pressed snooze 6 times over one hour. I then felt like crap the whole day. I think going back to sleep and then waking up so much over a short period isn't so great for you...

I was happy to see that there are now cheaper light clocks available, less than $50. I bought one and will get it in the mail soon. I'll report back http://www.amazon.com/Good-Morning-Sunrise-Halogen-GM-02/dp/B0049LHB9E

My sister has a Clocky, but that thing is just evil.

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on March 16, 2011
at 08:48 PM

Enjoy it while you can. With the addition of children this is an old habit of mine that can no longer be enjoyed. So sleep in...enjoy it! As long as you are not late for anything.

PS. if you have to get up, I really like Travis Culp's idea of the light, light therapy is really effective - they even sell fairly cheap alarm clocks that will turn on an ever increasing light for 30 minutes before your alarm clock goes off (check ebay for even cheaper versions of ones you can find)

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on January 11, 2013
at 11:56 PM

Check out this article. The idea is you "practice" getting up when your alarm goes off when you are wide awake. That way your body is programed to get out of bed even when your half asleep.

http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2006/04/how-to-get-up-right-away-when-your-alarm-goes-off/

It sounds crazy but I tried it and it helped. I was sick for a week and relapsed to a snoozer. I am going to "practice" again to see if it solves my problem for the 2nd time.

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9e7039b63b656582f66d84c5255b436d

(1132)

on March 16, 2011
at 10:26 PM

my iphone alarm clock sound is costa rican songbirds, fantastic way to wake up.

don't feel so guilty about sleep patterns, if you sleep four hours unbroken that's good, beyond that, if you wake, need to snooze for a few hours, don't worry. Don't worry about sleeping 8 hours a night total, that's a lot, if you worry about these things, it doesn't help matters. Just sleep as much as you can, I take a siesta if i need.

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on March 16, 2011
at 09:49 PM

Just got this alarm clock that uses blue light. Has not only helped me to wake up, but has alleviated my minor issues with SAD. A true modern day marvel!

http://www.usa.philips.com/c/light-therapy/plus-rechargeable-hf3332_60/prd/

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on March 16, 2011
at 08:15 PM

try 7:15 or even 7. sometimes it's just because you are not waking in the right state of sleep.

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