Tip #9: Don’t Snooze

15 tips for the night owlThis might be one of the most fruitful tips in our 15 Transformational Tips for the Night Owl.

It is also one of the hardest.

Are you ready for this, ’cause some of you are going to want to slap me after this one…

Ditch the snooze button.

I can’t remember how long ago I finally said “Adios!” to the snooze button, but it has been a good change. This is coming from the gal who’s college roommates dubbed me the Snooze Queen. So, I totally get this struggle.

To be sure I am clear here, when I say ditch the snooze, I mean it.

No more snoozing. Disable it! 

When that alarm goes off you need to make the decision to get up, or not.

If you feel you are truly exhausted and need the extra sleep, set your alarm for a half hour later, or however long you need to sleep. No use interrupting that extra needed sleep every 9 minutes with the snooze alarm.

And, if you are not truly exhausted, but rather…hesitant (or like me, lazy!), here is where you choose tip #4 and get vertical instead of snoozing.

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Seriously, ladies, I look back on my years of snoozing and all I see is a waste of sweet sleep. Reality is, I had no intention of really getting up that early. I think it was a gesture—so I could say I had tried. Deep down, I knew it wasn’t going to happen. I knew that I would choose to snooze.

So, set your goals, pick a doable wake-up time, and when the alarm rings answer the call.

Or don’t.

Either way, don’t waste your morning snoozing.

OK, confession time…how many times do you usually press snooze? And, the more important question, are you willing to kick the snooze button to the curb? I can’t wait to hear your comments!

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 This is tip #9 of 15 Transformational Tips for the Night Owl

Katie Orr

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Comments

  1. Ooh, I need to work on this! I would never all myself a night owl, because i am not one to love staying up late…but when morning comes, I definitely hit the snooze at least once. I only hit it once this morning though! If I am determined to get up I will NLT hit it once or maybe twice, but I have been known to keep hitting it until it actually turned the alarm off (I think after about 25-30 minutes.) thanks for the tip, Katie!

  2. This one made me chuckle!
    Here’s the story: this very morning my alarm woke me and I thought about hitting the snooze, but I didn’t. I hit the “slide to cancel alarm” button on my iPhone and it brought me to my home screen. The first thing I did was open email: the first thing I saw through my groggy, sleepy eyes, was this blog post! Don’t Snooze! What a delightful, ironic way to wake up this morning, :-)
    Thank you for your encouragement to wake up early!

  3. If you’re setting an alarm to get up for quiet time, it helps to think of your alarm as a phone call from the Holy Spirit. Hopefully none of us would choose to put Jesus on hold :-)

  4. Didn’t hit it this morning bc the alarm was set on Luke’s phone so I was the victim, but usually the culprit. :)
    And I don’t want to slap you!

  5. I don’t snooze, because it annoys my hubs. I do lie in bed for a few minutes giving myself a pep talk. :0)

  6. Oh, I’m such a snoozer. I should switch clocks with my daughter. She’s got one with the bells that would wake the dead, and no snooze! Your comment about college made me giggle and reminded me of a time in college when we had a prospective student spending the night with us. In the morning my alarm was going off and I was trying to reach the clock above my bed to hit the snooze. In my sleepy stupor I couldn’t find it so the poor girl staying with us started saying, “Higher! Higher!” till I got it.

  7. I never press the snooze button. No lie here…(My husband does, hahaha)

  8. Oh this one is so hard for me. I will set my alarm 30 minutes earlier just so I can hit the snooze 3-4 times. Of course then I have broken sleep and it makes things even worse. I did set the alarm on my iPhone last night and turned the snooze off. I made the choice to sleep 30 minutes later but I didn’t hit the snooze. Baby steps…

  9. I used to turn my alarm off in my sleep so I had 3 alarms set a minute apart at opposite sides of the room so I would be forced to get out of bed and stay out of bed long enough to actually wake up. Then I trained myself to use the snooze and not turn off the alarm unless I was fully conscious. I used to hit the snooze a lot and then one day I thought I had hit it for the first time, looked at the clock, and it was half an hour or so later than I wanted to get up! After that I still hit the snooze but have trained myself to stand there or go to a different room until I wake up. Sometimes I’ve just been so tired that I can’t stay awake and I have fallen asleep in another room and my alarm gets me up and walking across the house again. Then I decide if I need to be up or just really need to sleep longer and either reset or straight up turn off the alarm (if I have nothing pressing that day). I do have a “go to bed no later than” time. I’m usually asleep earlier but I won’t let myself stay up past 10 during the week (I wake up at 5) so that I get at least 7 hours of sleep. I’m a person that does better with more but can mostly function off of 7, abeit a bit sleepy.

    • willowsprite says:

      Girl, it sounds like you need more than 7 hours! You shouldn’t just “function” but live life to the fullest! If you’re so tired that you fall asleep after going into another room, you need more sleep. Try doing 8 hours per night for two weeks and see how you feel.

  10. I love my snooze button! it only gets me snooze three times so that’s all I do. I will work very hard on this. I will disable snooze.

  11. Something that has helped me with getting up in the morning and not hitting the snooze button is a sunrise lamp. It is a lamp that comes on at low lighting 30 minutes (or however much you set it for) before my set time for the alarm. It then gradually gets brighter until it is at full intensity when my alarm does go off. I had found that getting up in the morning was much easier when I was at my family’s beach house….where light slowly flooded my room with the morning sunrise. I also awoke more naturally and refreshed. However, my room at home tends to be very dark because I have little windows and dark shades. I was waking up in a terribly groggy state. I was uncomfortable with leaving the shades up to let the sun in so…I got a sunrise lamp. Of course, it also doesn’t hurt to have a dog sleeping with me. Talk about putting the pavlovian dog into action…the light coming on….the alarm going off…..do you think she is going to let me hit the snooze? She does let me sometimes but most times…she is letting me know….”Mom, it is time to get up!”

  12. Antoinette says:

    That is awesome!!! What a great perspective!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  13. Lee Patterson says:

    I probably hit snooze 8-10 times. I set my alarm for 5:45 in hopes I’ll get up early, and then usually get up at 7:30. My super patient husband doesn’t say a word.

    Pray for us both this week ;)

    • Lee–I’m just that bad, too–and my poor husband is so patient as well! Seriously sad… is there such a thing as an alarm without a snooze button? I need one… :)

  14. Elizabeth Bagnol says:

    Numerous times I hit snooze… yes, thankful for a patient husband too. I’ll need to figure out how to cancel snooze on my alarm. Yes EYE OPENER. Here’s to ditching the snooze button! God bless your wisdom sharing.

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