Alarm Clock: Beeping Sound or Music? What is better... ?

If you're always groggy in the mornings, you might need to get more sleep. OR, you might just need to make this simple change to your alarm . . .

I HAVE A HARD TIME WAKING TO MUSIC... But I might take this reccommendation!

A recent study in Australia found that waking up to MUSIC makes us more alert than waking up to a beeping sound.

The researchers expected the opposite. They thought the sudden jolt of a loud beep would make people more alert. But that wasn't the case.

They think repetitive beeping sounds might mess with our brainwaves at the crucial moment when we're transitioning from being asleep to being awake.

People in the study were much more alert when their alarm was a, quote, "combination of melody and rhythm" . . . a.k.a., music. And highly melodic songs might work best. 

Most phones make it easy to set a song as your alarm now. So it shouldn't be too hard of a transition if you want to try it out. Or you can set your alarm clock to wake you up with the radio. (Ideally the station you're currently listening to.)

By the way, if you're still using an old-fashioned alarm, you're in the minority. A survey this month found 43% of us now use our phone as our alarm. Only 25% still use a clock. Everyone else wakes up some other way.

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