Sleeping through your alarm

That big meeting with your boss is at 9 a.m. sharp, but once again, you’ve managed to snore your way through your alarm, and you’re late. If this happens to you at least once a week, you’re not alone. According to the MIT Technology Review, 57 percent of people report pressing the snooze button in the morning, a practice that makes oversleeping that much more likely.

Terry Cralle, a registered nurse and spokesperson for The Better Sleep Council, a nonprofit research hub dedicated to helping Americans get a better night’s sleep, said one way to keep yourself from sleeping past your alarm is to ditch your phone’s alarm in favor of a real alarm clock. “For some,” says Cralle, “using the phone as an alarm may increase the chances of excessive screen time at night and in the middle of the night if you should wake up — potentially delaying or disrupting your sleep.”

Additionally, Cralle recommends ditching those blackout curtains and using the natural light of the morning to jump-start your day. And keep in mind, repetition is essential. Try doing this for three days in a row and see if you notice a difference.

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