Get Rid Of Your Alarm Safety Net For Better Quality Sleep

Get Rid Of Your Alarm Safety Net For Better Quality Sleep

Sometimes, it’s incredibly hard to get yourself up in the morning. You might even set up multiple alarms to guarantee you’ll wake up. However, as blogger Nate Wienert points out, that’s not fixing the problem. To really train yourself to get up in the morning, you have to go all in and remove that safety net.

Photo by Bernt RostadThe multiple alarm clock trick is something many people have tried, but as Wienert points out, it's training you to ignore your alarm, not respond to it. In order to get his sleep schedule on track, he killed those extra alarms:

A few months ago I decided to try a little experiment. I changed my alarms to go off one at 8:00 AM and one at 8:05 AM. I wanted no room for error; either I got up for my alarm, or I was late. The other thing I did was to disable the snooze. My theory was that knowing I had to get up would help with my consistency.

And, it worked. Every morning when my alarm sound, I had no choice. Like my mum in middle school throwing open my bedroom windows and bellowing to me to “GEEEET UPPP”, I was absolutely forced into getting up (without all the pain of bright lights shining in my eyes).

I’ve done this same thing for myself, and it works. I used to set four (maybe even five) alarms that would go off in the morning starting with an “optimal wake up time” (enough time to get up, shower, eat, and relax, before work), and ending with a “last chance” alarm (literally the last moment I could get up and make it work). Because of that structure, I woke up at slightly different times every morning, and I trained myself to ignore the alarm.

But, like Wienert, I eventually removed the safety net, set up a single alarm to go off when I wanted to wake up, and let it happen. Over time, I’ve trained myself to wake up at the first crack of the alarm. No snoozing, and no wondering what time it is.

The benefit of Wienert’s trick is that you form a solid morning routine, and you end up having more energy throughout the day. If you’re the type to set a lot of alarms because you’re worried you won’t wake up, getting rid of that safety net might be the kick you need. Head over to Wienert’s blog for his full story.

Remove your alarm safety-net & fix your sleep [Nate Wienert]


  • Having moved to a country where punctuality is not part of the culture, I’ve completely done away with the morning alarm unless I have to be, for example, up for an early flight. It’s the best thing ever and, funnily enough, I wake up most days at the time my alarm would have gone off. For some reason, I always feel more refreshed without the alarm, though.

  • Isn’t this the norm for most people? I’ve only ever had one alarm for the morning and I know when it goes off that I have to get up at that time. After the first buzz of the alarm I’m up out of bed.

  • I suppose this is an OK idea IF your alarm wake up time is close to your natural wake up time. If not, it’s simply too sudden a shock to the system. I’m a four-alarm gal myself: t, t+10, t+30 (which depend on the tasks I’ve scheduled for home that morning) and then T (big T, the “if you are not on the verge of leaving the house now, you will be late” alarm which usually rings when I’m almost on work’s doorstep.)

  • I live with other people and I always get up at the first beep of the alarm because I don’t want to wake them up with my alarm going off fifty times. It’s an alarm for me, not for the whole suburb.

Log in to comment on this story!