Say No to Wooziness -The Exact Alarm Sounds Which Can Make You Energetic
Ever Woke up feeling groggy and disoriented, and not having a clue about what is happening around? Hilariously, it is not uncommon as we have all been there. And boy! do we want to get rid of it! That annoying alarm sound that we cannot help but snooze.
According to a recent Australian study, certain alarm sounds can help you wake up fresher than usual and make you less lethargic and more alert.
The study was conducted on 50 people aged between 18 to 60 who filled out a form to undergo the survey. All of them said that they used phones to wake up. It was concluded that those who woke up to melodious sounds felt better after getting up and found it easier to transition from sleep into awareness as compared to hearing beeping sounds first thing in the morning.
The former reduced grogginess and made the participants more alert by increasing cognition and attention.
Later in the study, songs were used to see if it helps a person better in sleep inertia. The lead study author says it is those songs you can hum along to. The musical sounds assist a person in easing the transition of waking up from sleep. A Couple of songs, namely Good Vibrations and Close to Me were tried; however, the effectiveness of songs as alarm tones lies in the person’s own music preference.
Melodies are more effective because the rising and falling of tones increase arousal in the body, which helps in alertness. They act as a warm-up that starts the waking process. It is much better than hearing beeping sounds that shock our brain into the present. These sudden sounds mislead and confuse our cognitive activity, thus the grogginess.
Study authors are still looking into the connection of individual sounds. Understanding this can assist in fields like space and medical where professionals can be called on-call anytime, so they need to focus very quickly after getting up.
The transition-sleep inertia does not stay for that long typically between half an hour to a couple more. However, it can affect performance and productivity. So knowing your preffered choice of the melody will definitely give you a better head start to your morning. Other factors that can help are a shot of caffeine first thing, exposure to morning light before waking up and a strict routine.
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