Do you use an alarm to wake you up in the morning, and if so do you ever hit the snooze button?

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Merrill Stubbs · Co-Founder and President of Food52

I set a backup alarm for those rare mornings when all four of us manage to sleep past 7:00am. If I have an early meeting, I definitely set an alarm. I have been known to hit the snooze button. I don’t let myself do it more than twice because it’s a slippery slope, and since Jonathan never sets an alarm, I’m the responsible party.

Shawna Kaminski · Fitness Coach

I like the “bedtime” program on my iPhone’s clock. With a chime, it reminds me to close down everything and start reading; I also like the chime that wakes me.

My phone keeps track of my sleep and reminds me how much sleep I need (usually seven hours - although I wish it were more, I can’t seem to stay in bed longer). I never hit the snooze button. I can’t remember ever in my life hitting the snooze button, even as a kid.

Sahara Rose · Holistic and Ayurvedic Nutritionist

I try not to use an alarm unless absolutely necessary, and when I do I’m not a big snooze person. Once I’m up, I’m up. I do let myself lay for a while though so I don’t shock my body into the conscious world.

Terri Schneider · Endurance Athlete, Author

I use my phone as my alarm. I never hit snooze, but there are some days when I linger in bed after the alarm. In particular, if I haven’t slept well, I let myself linger to make sure I’ve gotten adequate rest while I consider my day.

I like to function at full steam every day, so if I need to hang in bed a tad longer to set that up, I do so.

Emily White · Co-Founder of Dreamfuel, Whitesmith Entertainment

I don’t! To me, this is part of true happiness in life. I was a Division I scholarship swimmer in college and began morning practices for training when I was thirteen. My dad was also my coach growing up, which meant we had to be first to the pool at 5:30am in the morning (where my teammates could roll in at 5:50, which did make a difference). From ages 13-22, sleep was like an elusive, precious gem that I could never get enough of.

Frankly, I don’t think I recovered from my accumulated sleep debt until I was about twenty-five. Now it is a pure gift that I am almost always able to wake up without an alarm exactly nine hours after I go to bed.

Vanessa Garcia · Multidisciplinary Artist

I absolutely set the alarm. I get made fun of a lot because I have a million wake-up alarms in my phone. I’ve got 5:00am, 5:30, 6:00, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00… it goes on from there. Some days I have to set the 5:00am alarm and get up because I know I have to. Sometimes I set the alarm for 6:00am and just snooze.

One of my biggest goals in life is to not hit the snooze button, but I do it all the time. I probably do this because I’m too optimistic about what time I’m actually going to wake up!

Erin Motz · Co-Founder of Bad Yogi

I do, and I never hit snooze. I don’t want anyone to be impressed by this, though, because it’s not discipline that stops me from hitting snooze. I just don’t need to because I make sure I get enough sleep - pretty simple!

Danny Gregory · Artist, Author

If I set an alarm, I will wake up several times during the night to see if it’s gone off. But if I tell myself to get up at a certain time, I almost always do, automatically and without mechanical aid.

Liesl Gibson · Pattern Designer

I wear a Fitbit with a daily 8:00am alarm. It doesn’t change unless I need to get up earlier for something special. I wake up when the alarm goes off and, unless it’s the weekend, I’m up right away.

Steph Davis · Free Soloist, Wingsuit BASE Jumper

I only use an alarm if I have something scheduled that I need to do: catch a plane or get a very early start for a climb or a BASE jump. If I set an alarm, I seem to wake up five minutes before it actually goes off, but I always set it anyway.

Lisa Nicole Bell · Writer, Producer, Podcast Host

It depends on what’s happening in my life and work at the time. If I use an alarm, I rarely hit the snooze button. I try to allow myself to wake naturally. If I find that I’m not waking early enough or sleeping well enough to want to hop out of bed in the morning, I recalibrate by making adjustments to things like my bedtime, my diet, and my physical activity.

Jon Gold · Designer, Engineer, Adventurer

I have a Sense, though I tend to wake up a few minutes before its alarm chimes. I used to use Sleep Cycle on my iPhone as an alarm, but the cost of having a device in my bedroom is too great.

Dedicated hardware weighs heavily on my minimalist vibes, but it’s worth it for the quality of sleep you get. I have a Philips Wake-up Light too, but my model has a nasty alarm tone so I tend to just use it as a clock.

Sarah Doody · UX Designer, Product Strategist

I use an app called Sleep Cycle as my alarm. The premise of the app is that it is better to wake up during certain parts of your sleep cycle than others. Instead of choosing a specific time to wake up, you tell Sleep Cycle when you would like to wake up by, and it wakes you up within a thirty-minute window of that time.

This has changed my life. I find that when I wake up with Sleep Cycle, I am much less tired and rarely hit snooze.

Sleep Cycle also helps me sleep. It tracks my time slept, number of times woken up, etc., and it gives me a sleep score each week. I can’t prove the psychology behind this, but I’m convinced that the accountability of the app has helped me create better sleep habits.

Raffaella Caso · Founder of BabyGreen

Yes, I use the phone alarm. I sometimes hit the snooze button, and I don’t like that because I lose the good rhythm for the day. I’m planning to change that habit and place the phone farther away from me, so I have to get up to turn off the alarm.

David Kadavy · Author

I try to avoid using an alarm. If I do, I use my iPad, rather than my phone, as I don’t allow messaging or other notifications that may distract me on my iPad.

Sonia Rao · Singer-Songwriter

Yes, and yes. If I actually get eight hours of sleep, then I don’t hit the snooze button, but otherwise, I hit it once or twice. Going back to sleep feels too good not to do it.

Right now, there is a lot to do before my tour, so I set an alarm every day. On tour, after driving and singing so much, I will probably let my body wake up when it wants to instead of setting an alarm. It’s really important to me to stay healthy and feel good on tour. I want to enjoy it, not struggle through it.

Tiffany Pham · Founder, CEO of Mogul

I rarely use an alarm because I tend to wake up with the sunrise. I never hit the snooze button. It’s important to feel inspired for the day ahead.

Jess Weiner · Social Entrepreneur

I never hit snooze. I am usually up before the alarm because we have two cats who like to nuzzle and talk to us around 4:00am, so they serve as a pretty good backup to the alarm clock.

Arianna Huffington · Co-Founder, Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post

I love waking up without an alarm. Just think about the definition of the word “alarm”: “a sudden fear or distressing suspense caused by an awareness of danger; apprehension; fright,” or “any sound, outcry, or information intended to warn of approaching danger.” So an alarm, in most situations, is a signal that something is not right. Yet most of us rely on some kind of alarm clock; a knee-jerk call to arms; to start the day, ensuring that we emerge from sleep in full fight-or-flight mode, flooded with stress hormones and adrenaline as our body readies itself for danger.

And no, I don’t believe in the snooze button. On days when I have to use my alarm, I always set it for the last possible moment I have to get up.

UJ Ramdas · Co-Founder, Intelligent Change

Yes, I use an alarm on most days. And yes, I do hit snooze sometimes! My morning routine really starts the night before. The key is to always keep learning and evolving your routine to better suit your needs.

Arvell Craig · Coach, Strategist

Yes, the Sleep Cycle app on my phone. To snooze it, you just have to flip it over to the other side. I will snooze 2-3 times, depending on how much sleep I get.

Like I mentioned above I’ll sometimes only get four hours of sleep - those times will have a few snoozes.

Kate Krasileva · Psychology Researcher

I use an alarm on my phone, and although I don’t hit the snooze button, but I do set 2-3 alarms within a few minutes of each other to allow myself time to, effectively, snooze.

Sean Ogle · Entrepreneur, Writer

Nope, never. Okay, I take that back. I’ll set an alarm if I have a flight early the next morning or some other kind of early appointment. But even during those times, I’m nearly always awake before it goes off.

Katelin Jabbari · Googler, Parent

Yes, I use the alarm on my phone. I set two alarms so that I don’t accidentally turn one off. I used to snooze half a dozen times, but now I try to get up before my second alarm goes off so as not to wake my husband.

Rachel Binx · Data Visualizer, Artist

I do use an alarm to wake up, but I try to avoid using the snooze button. My personal theory is that waking up quickly is a skill that you can acquire with practice, and I don’t want to lose that skill!

Taylor Davidson · Entrepreneur, Photographer

For years I used an alarm clock to get me up at 5:00 or 5:30am so I could start the day “on schedule.” But with my recent family and life changes, I’ve ditched my old morning responsibilities and thus, ditched the alarm clock.

Manuel Lima · Designer, Author

I stopped using an alarm when Chloe was born. She tends to be the most effective alarm clock with no possibility of a snooze button.

Craig Ballantyne · Author, Fitness Expert

I set an alarm, but it’s not always needed, thanks to the habitual wake-up time I’ve had for years. My body often gets up five minutes before the alarm. I don’t hit the snooze button because I leave the alarm (my phone) fifteen feet away from my bed. That means I must get up and walk across the room to turn it off. By that time I’m awake and no longer tempted to hit snooze. But again, the consistency of going to bed and getting up at the same time (90 percent of the time) makes this easy.

Chris Guillebeau · Author, Modern-Day Explorer

Yes, I use my phone—and yes, I’m guilty of hitting the snooze button, usually at least once but sometimes more than once. To me, the “no snooze button” movement is kind of like the “no email in the morning” movement: overrated. Snoozers unite!

David Moore · Designer

Fortunately, I don’t. Unless I have an important meeting in the morning, in that case, I set an alarm as a fail safe because inevitably that’s when I’m at the most risk of oversleeping. Wholeheartedly due to being up the night before thinking about it.

Honestly, it’s difficult to oversleep when you have two dogs that love you to death.

Jake Kahana · Artist, Creative Director

I use my phone alarm clock, which I hate. I hate that I use my phone and I hate that it’s an annoying fake bird sound with a harp.

I don’t set it to that because I hate it, there’s just not anything great that I’ve found and that gets me up. It’s on my list to buy a nicer alarm clock, with the side benefit of which keeping me from looking at my phone in the morning. No snoozing. I set my phone so that snoozing just turns off the alarm.

Steve Kamb · Founder of Nerd Fitness

I use a sunrise alarm clock that slowly gets brighter over the course of twenty minutes before it triggers a bird chirping sound until I turn it off. My alarm clock is clear across the room, so I have to get out of bed to turn it off. I don’t snooze or lay in bed - when I get up to turn the alarm off, I’m up.

Cara Stawicki · Rower

Yes and yes! Some people seem to have this huge aversion to hitting snooze but I don’t see a problem with it.

Jeff Morris Jr. · Director of CRM and Engagement, Tinder

I don’t trust myself to wake up without an alarm - I’ve had way too many close calls. I keep my window shades open to let sunlight wake me up, but I still need an alarm.

My trick is that I set my iPhone alarm clock to a super loud Vampire Weekend song that gets me excited to wake up. Is that pretty lame of me? Is Vampire Weekend still cool?!

Morgan Jaldon · Marathon Runner

My handy, dandy iPhone is my alarm! I set two just in case. One for 4:00am, and then a second for 4:05.

If it’s the weekend, I try to sleep in. I mean, my idea of sleeping in is waking up at 6:00am. That’s the time my internal alarm clock wakes me!

Maren Kate Donovan · Founder of Zirtual

I only use an alarm if I have to wake up for a specific event. My assistant knows never to schedule a meeting before 11:00am unless I specifically make an exception. This allows me to do my morning routine without interruption and my body to get more sleep when it needs it.

Lisa Congdon · Fine Artist, Illustrator

The alarm is on my wife’s side of the bed, so if it gets hit, she’s the one doing it. But she, like me, is pretty disciplined about getting up early, so that helps.

Gregg Carey · Entrepreneur, Survivor Contestant

I don’t use an alarm at the moment, but I have in the past. If I do use an alarm, I will very rarely hit snooze. My current alarm is a visit from Rufus. Responsibility for life seems to be a good driver to get out of bed.

Danielle Buonaiuto · Soprano

​I do use an alarm these days, but haven’t always. I don’t trust myself to be up naturally before 8:00am, what with the late nights, but if I am working from home, you bet I don’t set one. I do hit the snooze button - ​not habitually - and it generally happens when I’ve been too ambitious in terms of wake-up time.

Elizabeth Royal · Street Style, Fashion Photographer

My phone is my alarm clock. I have it set for an 8:00am wake up time but I’m usually up around 7:45 so I don’t hit the snooze button a lot unless I’ve gotten to bed late or had a sleepless night.

I don’t like to hit the snooze button because if I hit it then it eats into my reading time and I really love my morning reading so that’s motivation enough to get myself out of bed.

Johnny FD · Entrepreneur, Frequent Traveler

The best feeling in the world is starting my day waking up naturally without an alarm clock. I set mine for nine hours after I go to bed just in case, but I’m usually up before it goes off as I’ve rested enough. This allows me to finish a REM (rapid eye movement) sleep cycle and feel more refreshed the entire day instead of having it interrupt a sleep cycle halfway through.

If I can see the sun peeking out behind the curtains, I wake up. If it’s still clearly pitch black, I go back to sleep for another sleep cycle. I never hit the snooze button, ever.

Crystal Paine · Author, Speaker

I use the Sleep Cycle app to wake up each morning. It gently wakes you up within a thirty minute window at the optimum time when your body is most ready to wake up.

I hate being startled by a loud alarm clock, so this app has become my best friend! Plus, I love how it allows me to track my sleep patterns and quality of sleep.

Mimi Ikonn · Co-Founder of Luxy Hair

Yes, I do use an alarm to wake up in the morning and I’m definitely guilty of snoozing every once in a while. On days I don’t snooze I actually feel a lot more empowered and energetic.

Molli Surowiec · SoulCycle Instructor, Former Professional Dancer

I do use an alarm!

I hit snooze once to give myself a chance to wake up peacefully and with grace. In those first few moments I thank The Universe for another day, and ask for guidance. I turn to my husband to say “Good morning, I love you,” and then I’m up and at ‘em!

Temitopé Owolabi · Photographer, Student

I use my iPhone as my alarm. I essentially have two alarms for those nights when I went to bed really late. Always have your alarm set to go off at least twice between the times you set it in case you accidentally hit the snooze button because you were extremely tired from the night before.

I occasionally hit the snooze button. I must admit getting up can be quite challenging sometimes. But sometimes you just have to force yourself to get up; you have to kind of train your body to adjust to a certain routine. Lately I’ve been waking up literally a minute before my alarm goes off. I think my body has gotten so used to my morning routine that my body acts as its own internal alarm clock.

Ash Huang · Writer, Designer, Illustrator

I’m not much of a snoozer. Usually in the morning, when I’m up, I’m up.

We use Sonos as our alarm clock and it’s nice waking up to an indie disco playlist instead of a canned iOS alarm. Plus, it keeps me away from the phone.

Andre D. Wagner · Photographer

I do use an alarm, but my body usually wakes up before then.

It’s also the summer time, so my answer may be a bit different when the winter rolls around. Usually I’m up between 6-7:00am. There are times when I’m just really tired and I’ll hit the snooze button as many times as possible. That’s when the perks of being a freelance photographer really comes into play! Outside of jobs that I’m hired for, I can really make my own schedule. So if I need to change something up in my routine because I need to catch up on sleep, that’s totally ok and doable.

Aiste Gazdar · Co-Founder, Director of Wild Food Cafe

The snooze button used to be a really bad habit of mine. I curbed it by putting the phone with alarm just outside my bedroom door, which means that I have to actually get up to switch it off. This method works, most of the time. What works even better is setting a clear conscious intention to get up each morning.

Sara Rosso · Director of Marketing at Automattic

I do use an alarm most mornings but often I’ll wake up before it, especially in the summer.

I definitely never snooze because I wake up immediately when I hear an alarm. In college, my roommate was a repeat snoozer and had classes earlier than I a few days a week. The next semester, I ended up scheduling all 8:00am classes so I’d have a reason to wake up instead of hearing her alarm. :)

Laura Vanderkam · Author, Parent

I wish I were capable of sleeping late enough to need an alarm clock. I’m almost always up by 7:00am. I only set an alarm if I need to catch a plane or train in the morning (once every other week or so). I do not hit snooze.

Tammy Strobel · Writer, Photographer

I have a bad habit of hitting the snooze button, so I try to leave my phone downstairs or at the foot of the bed. If the phone is near me, I will snooze the alarm and that delays my morning routine.

Nathan Kontny · CEO of Highrise, Parent

Definitely. I am a heavy sleeper, so I need the alarm to make sure I get up to help with the baby. If I didn’t they’d have to wrestle me out of bed themselves each morning.

Jessica Zollman · Photographer, Former Community Evangelist

I use my phone’s alarm to wake up in the morning.

I’m not a snoozer but I am guilty of turning my alarm off completely and falling back asleep if I don’t have any appointments that day. Between my dog and my husband the extra and often accidental sleep doesn’t last too long, though.

M.G. Siegler · General Partner at Google Ventures

If there’s something specific, like a meeting, I have to be up for, then yes. Otherwise, I try to leave the alarm off and I’ll wake up around the same time every day.

When I do have an alarm on, I usually hit the snooze button once or twice.

Wade Foster · Co-Founder, CEO of Zapier

I have an alarm on my phone. I usually wake up before it though. If I didn’t get to bed early enough I might hear the alarm and snooze, but that’s pretty rare.

Hua Wang · Entrepreneur, Aspiring Cook

I use an alarm and do occasionally hit the snooze button. Hitting snooze disrupts your natural circadian rhythm and winds up exhausting you more, so I try my best to avoid this by putting my alarm in the kitchen.

Claire Díaz-Ortiz · Author, Speaker, Early Twitter Employee

No, I don’t use an alarm unless I’m traveling for work (and no, I haven’t hit the snooze button since high school).

One of the things about me is I kind of live in extremes: I read 200 books a year, I travel 100,000 miles a year, and, wait for it, I spend 11 hours a night in bed. I know that’s really unusual (especially for a mom of littles), but it’s what I need, and it ends up averaging out to a little under ten hours of sleep a night. This means I don’t need an alarm. When I’m traveling for work, however, this gets thrown out the window.

Mattan Griffel · CEO of One Month, Forbes’ 30 Under 30

I use an app called Sleep Cycle to measure my sleeping patterns and wake me up at the ideal time. It sets a thirty minute range and wakes me up when I’m in my lightest stage of sleep. Sometimes I snooze it, but the snooze time gets progressively less and less, so eventually you kind of have to wake up.

Jenny Blake · Author, Yoga Fanatic

I do not use an alarm unless I have to catch a flight. I also don’t schedule meetings or coaching calls until at least 10:00am (preferably eleven), which helps me avoid a feeling of rushing out of bed to start the day. I figure that my body will rest as long as it needs to rest.

In her book Thrive, Arianna Huffington makes the point that “you can overeat, but you can’t oversleep.” Barring a health condition, our bodies will sleep until they get the rest they need, usually not longer.

After just three days of deprived sleep, our creativity and mood start to decline rapidly, so I don’t mind sleeping as long as I need to, usually 8-9 hours to feel fully rested.

Belle Beth Cooper · Writer and Co-Founder of Exist

I use the silent, vibrating alarm on my fitness tracker (currently a Fitbit Charge). I like getting into a pattern of waking up at the same time, but if I sleep in it’s no big deal since I work from home anyway. I don’t ever snooze my alarm, but I sometimes turn it off and go back to sleep.

I have a second vibrating alarm on my Pebble watch set for 8:00am. That’s my cut-off for what counts as “getting up early”, which I aim to do every day. If I’m still in bed when that one goes off I try to get up immediately so I can keep that habit going.

Grace Bonney · Founder of Design*Sponge

I haven’t used an alarm since college. I’ve been an early riser for the past 8 or 9 years, so being up and working by 7:00am (or earlier) is comfortable and comforting to me.

Amber Rae · Writer, Artist

I’m a big proponent of giving my body the amount of sleep it naturally needs to function optimally, so I rarely use alarm clocks.

I (almost) never schedule meetings before noon, and with workouts at 10:30am, that’s about the earliest I leave the house. This allows for a solid 8-9 hours of shuteye.

Mason Currey · Author of Daily Rituals

I use my iPhone’s alarm. When I go to sleep at night, I leave the phone on a chair a few feet away from the bed, so that I have to get out of bed to silence the alarm. That usually prevents me from snoozing.

Ben Brooks · Tech Writer, iOS Project Manager

Yes indeed, I use my iPhone to wake up.

I’ve never been a snooze button person. If I could afford to waste my time with a snooze button I would just set my alarm later. So I just get up when my alarm goes off.

Eli Trier · Illustrator, Writer

I try not to use an alarm and just wake up when I’m ready to – unfortunately I’m part dormouse and have been known to sleep around the clock on more than one occasion.

The days when I need to be up for a particular time I always set the alarm much earlier than I need to because I’m completely in love with the snooze cycle. There’s something about that nebulous half-awake, half-asleep state that I find really powerful. I often find that the solutions to any problems I’ve been struggling with just come to me in that state, and I also get insights and ideas like nobody’s business. Luckily, because I write so soon after waking, I find it relatively easy to capture these insights and make use of them.

Chris Baker · Art Dealer, Runs Nutritional Company

No, I don’t set an alarm. If I have to set an alarm I know my routine is out of sync.

The window in my bedroom faces east, so I let the sun wake me up. I feel it is more natural than an alarm. I have the blinds open and let the rays pour in. I am not in a routine if my body doesn’t wake me up automatically. I don’t believe you should ever force yourself to wake up. You should wake up naturally. I sleep with the blinds open, and I wake up with the sunrise.

When my routine is good, I wake up just after 6:00am every day. I implement the biphasic sleeping pattern, which consists of six hours sleep and a twenty minute nap later on during the day. I like sleeping; I just don’t like sleeping much. “You need eight hours of sleep a day” is nothing but a schema, certainly quality, not quantity, on this note.

Brian Wong · Founder, CEO Kiip

I have five alarms set, five minutes apart, rapid fire before the time I’m actually supposed to be awake in case I’m particularly groggy that morning for whatever reason.

Caroline Leon · Life Coach

Back when I lived in the UK, with my stressful job and two-hour commute to London, I used an alarm every day and I was a prolific snoozer; so much so that my alarm actually went off an hour earlier than when I needed to get up!

When I first left that life behind, jumping on a plane headed to Thailand nearly three years ago now, I gave up using an alarm clock for a long time. But these days, in the name of productivity and so that I can experience the glory of sunrise, I set two alarms; one for 5:15am and the other for 5:30am. I’ve managed to quit the snoozathons in favour of a two-staged wake-up; my body still needs at least one warning!

Veerle Pieters · Graphic, Web Designer

Usually it’s my boyfriend who sets the alarm. I’m bad at waking up :) I need someone to wake me up and kick me out of bed.

In the summer he wakes up with the daylight, but as soon as the days become shorter we need an alarm. We never hit the snooze button.

Nichole Powell · Photographer, Writer

I always set one, but I don’t usually need it. Most days, I manage to wake up before my alarm goes off, though sometimes only by a minute or two!

I tend to hit snooze if my alarm is pre-6:30am, or if I was out late the night before. I know it’s a bad habit, so I try to keep the snooze short (under two minutes) to push myself to wake up. I’ve never been one of those people that sets an alarm an hour ahead of when they need to be awake so they can snooze. Hitting snooze too many times for me usually means I’m going to be late!

Oleksandr Kosovan · Founder, CEO of MacPaw

I always use the alarm clock on my iPhone, setting it for at least thirty minutes before I need to wake up.

As a Mac developer and tech guy, I’ve tried several apps and hi-tech wristbands that track sleep cycles and give the wake-up signal when your body and brain can handle it the best, but I haven’t found anything to replace the alarm clock on my iPhone.

Courtney Boyd Myers · Founder, Audience.io

No. I once slept in a friend’s bed who hit the snooze button 5-6 times, literally falling back to sleep that many times before finally getting out of bed.

It was awful! I wanted to punch her in the face.

Rae Dunn · Ceramic Artist

I don’t even own an alarm clock! Waking up to an alarm clock would be my idea of a living hell… it seems so unnatural.

I prefer waking up to my own body clock. The last time I had a job where I needed an alarm clock to wake me up was in 1993. I remember thinking then that this kind of lifestyle was not for me.

Willem Vernooij · Writer, Student

I think it’s good to be strict in my routine and ignore the snooze button on my alarm clock. I want to be productive, and vegetating in bed won’t help me do that. It is hard sometimes, though.

Dan Counsell · Parent, Founder of Realmac Software

I haven’t used an alarm clock for over six years (I’ve had no need to since our daughter was born). We now have three kids so things haven’t gotten any easier just yet.

The youngest is just two years old and has a habit of always getting up early. I should probably embrace it because I know as soon as they’re older I’ll be battling to get them out of bed and up on time.

Kyle Legg · Web and Graphic Print Designer

I set my iPhone alarm as a backup alarm (I have a really, really cool EQ3 digital alarm clock, but it’s really just for decoration), and rely on my UP24 and Hue to artificially lift me out of my dreams.

Chase Night · YA Author, Reader

If I didn’t use an alarm, I would never wake up before noon. Maybe not even then. I might just sleep forever.

I use the alarm on my phone, and I usually hit snooze two or three times. All too often, I accidentally turn it off completely. I am not a morning person. I am a morning monster.

David William · Collects Stories, Projects, and Life Experiences

No alarm clocks for me. Our modern era is already filled with enough beeps, bells, jingles, alarms, and sirens. I’m doing my part in promoting the silence, every morning, in an act of peaceful quiet protest.

Besides, the morning will come with or without an alarm clock.

Paula Borowska · Author, Blogger, UX Designer

Oh yeah. I’m terrible at waking up. I found the best way to get out of bed is if I start the alarm process at least thirty minutes before I’m due to get up, this way I can say to myself “five more minutes” a few times. Otherwise, I’m just sad I have to leave my bed; it gets really attached to me so I always feel bad having to leave it behind ;)

Michael Spinali · Parent, Fiction Writer

I’m woken up to a cell phone alarm at 5:00am and can’t imagine succeeding otherwise. Of course, it’s not easy. There are many times when I hit the snooze “button” a few times! If I didn’t have my cell phone alarm, I wouldn’t be able to get up.

Nova Rella · Early Riser, Lone Wolf

I’m a chronic snooze-hitter. It’s shocking to me to get out of bed after the first alarm. Which must be annoying to anybody in the same house as me. Sorry guys.

Doug Belshaw · Parent, Non-Profit Web Literacy Lead

As I said above, I use a Lumie Sunrise alarm clock. It’s great – especially in the winter. However, if I’m travelling and in a different timezone, I need the reassurance that I’ll be up in time. On those occasions, I use the wriststrap of my Fitbit One and use the ‘silent alarm’ feature. I then wake up through vibrations, rather than alarm. That’s important, as when I’m travelling I often wear ear plugs.

Bethany Dickey · Ambassador, Accounting Student

Although I usually wake up around 7:00am with no alarm, I definitely need one as a safety net. I probably hit the snooze button once every few months – I’m definitely a morning person and don’t mind getting out of bed.

Paul French · Writer, Wonder Junkie

No snooze button. Getting up early isn’t easy, but I’ve managed to iternalise this quote from Marcus Aurelius (credit to Ryan Holiday, which helps:

At dawn, when you have trouble getting out of bed, tell yourself: ‘I have to go to work–as a human being. What do I have to complain of, if I’m going to do what I was born for–the things which I was brought into the world to do? Or is this what I was created for? To huddle under the blankets and stay warm?’

–But it’s nicer here…

So you were born to feel “nice?” Instead of doing things and experiencing them? Why aren’t you running to do what your nature demands?

–But we have to sleep sometime…

Agreed. But nature set a limit on that–as it did on eating and drinking. And you’re over the limit. But not of working. There you’re still below your quota. You don’t love yourself enough. Or you’d love your nature too and what it demands of you. People who love what they do wear themselves down doing it, they even forget to wash and eat.

– Marcus Aurelius

Cat Noone · Web Designer, Entrepreneur

If you consider Dexter an alarm, then sure. Snooze? laughs that’s funny, I wish I could snooze him at 5:30am. Ben sets his alarm, but even he will agree, it’s no longer needed.

Gray Miller · Grandparent, Writer, Speaker

I wake up when my partner does, and she hits the snooze, but then I go back to sleep for a bit when she leaves for work. I have an alarm set for 7:00am, but usually I wake up a few minutes before, and that usually lets me know my body thinks it’s had enough sleep.

I hate snooze buttons. One leftover from being in the military is that when my alarm goes off, my brain wants to start working. Laying there pretending to sleep is like having my engine revving without ever putting it in gear.

Tomas Laurinavicius · Adventurous Designer, Entrepreneur

Yes, I use the alarm clock on my iPhone, but my body clock gets used to waking up at a certain time and I tend to wake up before the alarm (even by making my alarm nine minutes earlier, my body learns very quickly).

I never hit the snooze button. No matter how hard it is to do, I simply take my iPhone and stare at the light of the screen until I can see sharply and state that I am, in fact, awake.

Patrik Ward · Designer, Storyteller

I used to hate alarms until I discovered a little app called Rise, by Simplebots. It’s super intuitive to set and the Early Bird alarm is the most pleasant sound I’ve ever heard that will still actually wake you up.

I typically set two alarms in case I get a bad night of sleep, so I can snooze for a few minutes.

Justin Lisenby · Industrial Engineer, Yoga Enthusiast

I wake up with my iPhone alarm Monday through Friday.

Since my body is so well adjusted to my schedule, I don’t even need an alarm on the weekends to still wake up between 5:30 and 6:30am. Even during the week, I often find myself waking up 4:45 or 4:50am, just beating the alarm by a few minutes.

Heidi Sistare · Writer, Community Builder

I love alarms. I love waking up really early and getting more done while I feel like the world is still asleep.

These days I’m trying to see what happens when I wake up naturally. I usually wake up when my boyfriend does; at 5:30am, but I always go back to sleep. I find in the winter I can easily sleep until 9:00am, so I’m using my alarm a lot more right now. And yes, I use the snooze button, over and over again.

Candace Bryan · Editor, Azula.com

I believe people who use snooze buttons lack joie de vivre. Not me. Maybe it’s because I’m young, or maybe it’s because my alarm wakes me up with Express Yourself by Diplo, but even when exhausted, I’m so excited to start my day that I practically jump out of bed.

Also, I usually wake up a few minutes before the alarm, but I simply turn it off and start the day early.

Ruchika Batra · Lifestyle Coach, Yoga Teacher

I do use an alarm but usually fix my mental alarm to wake me up before I even touch my phone (it’s always worked for me). I say a prayer and direct my mind to wake me up at a certain time as I sleep and my eyes get opened exactly at that time. I guess that’s the beauty of a routine.

Brian Barry and Noelle Kelly · Irish Couple, Traveling the World

We wouldn’t trust ourselves not to use an alarm and we’re definitely fans of the snooze button.

It’s a habit we’re trying to break at the moment, so it’s usually hit at least once, sometimes twice, then it’s time to get up to prepare food ready for school. Normally we bring some snacks to get us through the afternoon slump, so we prepare them and then get breakfast ready.

Carrie Ford Hilliker · Designer, Brand Strategist

I absolutely have an alarm clock and I most definitely hit snooze on occasion. I make a concerted effort to avoid it, but it has been getting darker and darker earlier and earlier in my hemisphere. It’s really tough to get out of bed at 7:00am when it feels like 4:00am.

Jane Reggievia Santoso · Writer, Coffee Drinker

I believe a morning person needs an alarm to help them get up early. If I have to wake up at 7:00am, I’ll set my alarm for 6:45. I need fifteen minutes in the morning to collect my thoughts.

I never hit the snooze button, instead I hit the ‘dismiss’ button. As soon as I hear my alarm ring, my eyes automatically open.

Jonny Blair · Frequent Traveler

I do sometimes when it’s something important, but usually I wake up naturally around 6.30am. I try to turn the alarm off as soon as it sounds as the noise annoys me!

Alicia Sully · Cinematographer, Documentary Photographer, Compact Editor

Last year I got married. Pedro has changed my routine, mostly with the snooze button.

I used to hate that button because I dislike alarm sounds, especially alarming ones that make me jump half the way to the ceiling! But in the past six months I’ve actually become accustomed to him setting the alarm an hour before you want to wake up and pushing snooze four times.

Emma Milligen · Animator, Art Geek, Vegan

Yes, I use Sleep Time, an app that wakes me up in my lowest level of sleep between 5:30am and 6:10am using gentle beeps. I never use the snooze button; I’m pretty much ready to get my morning on as soon as I wake up!

Mark Kennedy · Parent, Former Kinesiologist

I use the alarm on my iPhone, which is set for 6:10am.

I am not a “snooze button” kinda guy, but definitely used to be. Lately I have been using my Fitbit Flex to wake me up. It’s pretty cool because it vibrates on my wrist and doesn’t wake up my wife.

Lauren McCabe · Writer, Mermaid

I use an alarm and always have. People think that waking up early is something only morning people can do, a group magically predisposed for early waking, but it has never, ever, for one day in my life been easy to wake up early.

I never hit the snooze button because I won’t ever stop hitting it. I quiet my alarm, take a deep breath, then roll out of bed.

Paul Farmiga · Marketer, CrossFit Enthusiast

My alarm wakes me up with the most awful ringtone (trill) my iPhone has to offer, though my body and being are synced pretty well these days to a circadian rhythm with my ticker inside, so often that alarm clock is an after thought.

There is no snooze button, ever.

Jana Schuberth · Coach, World Champion Dragonboat Racer

Unless I have to be somewhere or I’m taking an early morning flight I don’t use alarms at all, but even when I do, I get up straight away and never hit snooze (unlike my husband who is a nocturnal person and finds it hard to get out of bed in the mornings).

Richard Boehmcke · Writer, Stage Director

About a year ago the clock next to my bed started malfunctioning so I threw it out and decided, as a little experiment, not to replace it. I have slept MUCH better since, mainly because the lights from the clock were so damn bright that it was always a little distracting.

Now I keep my phone plugged in at the foot of my bed, far enough away that I can’t reach over and check it, but close enough that the alarm can wake me up (though I only set an alarm when I have an early meeting).

Matt Cheuvront · Marathon Runner, Entrepreneur, Writer

Never. I haven’t used an alarm clock since I was a freshman in college. I blame my mom for ritualistically waking me up every single morning at the same time when I was a kid. Even if I try to sleep in, it doesn’t happen.

Colin Wright · Author, Entrepreneur, Full-Time Traveler

I haven’t used an alarm clock consistently since I left LA.

The only time I use one is when I have an early appointment of some kind. But now I’m so out of practice that I wake up every twenty minutes all night long, checking my phone to see if it’s almost time for the alarm to go off, or at least close to it. I generally get up before it makes any noise.

Monica McCarthy · Actress, Producer, Frequent Traveler

I set an alarm for 7-8 hours after I go to bed (unless I’m up against a deadline or have to be up at an ungodly hour to be on set), otherwise I can’t fall asleep because I’ll be worried about sleeping in too long and wasting my precious morning hours.

Patrick Kontschak · Developer, Bacon Addict

I use Awaken on my Mac and Alarm Clock Pro on my iPod Touch and switch between them randomly. I rarely hit the snooze button.

Hitting the snooze button just means “You’ve ruined my sleep and pissed me off. Please piss me off a second time in five minutes while I try to sleep for a few more minutes.”

I just turn the alarm off to get it over with.

Theodora Sutcliffe · Parent, Nomad, Freelance Writer

Yes. I always set an alarm on my phone, usually, and delusionally, for 8:00am. And, unless we have a bus or a train or a plane to catch, or friends to meet for breakfast, I’ll normally hit the snooze button half-hourly for an hour or so.

Sarah Athanas · Marketing Creative, Documentary Filmmaker

Yes, I use an alarm, and I admit to serious snooze button abuse. We’re talking an hour of snooze.

I’m a zen student and I’ve been on retreats where my role was the Jiki-Jitsu, or time keeper. So I had to get up at 4:30am to prepare the morning tea and then ring a bell to wake up everyone else. The snooze button was not an option, and I can only imagine what would happen if I ever slept in. Needless to say it was a very challenging but worthwhile practice for me. I’m still working on incorporating that discipline into my daily life.

Amit Sonawane · Reader, Writer, Devout Tea Drinker

Snooze? Never. If I used an alarm-clock instead of my iPhone, the snooze button would be the newest, shiniest button on the console.

As far as setting the alarm goes, I do tend to use an alarm as a backup on days I must be somewhere in the morning on time. Funnily enough, I end up setting my alarm more often on weekends than weekdays because those are the days I am meeting someone for coffee, traveling somewhere, or catching a big Chelsea game on TV.

Will Peach · Writer, Frequent Traveler

I use my old iPhone alarm, which is pretty useless. I’ve tried putting it away from my bed, putting it in a bathroom, putting it in the kitchen, everything. Nearly always I find myself ambling towards it, hitting the snooze button, and then finding myself back horizontal, swearing to myself I’ll do differently the next day.

Can you guys come up with some kind of fool proof system for waking early please?

Adrian Sanders · Co-Founder of Backspaces

I have several alarms that go off at 7:15, 7:30, 7:45, 8:00, 8:15, and 8:30am. I’m usually out of bed around 9 but have read most of the morning’s emails by 8:30am.

Kashyapi · Meditation and Zen Teacher

Sometimes, yes, and sometimes, yes.

When I have to be somewhere by a particular time, I set an alarm as a fall-back plan. 90% of the time however, I wake naturally, earlier than the alarm. Every now and then, I wake with the alarm, in which case, I usually need the snooze bonus ten minutes.

Ian Hicken · British Expat in Asturias, Spain

Only when a plane or ship beckons, and always too hyped to hit snooze.

In a previous life in the UK I have been known to get up, shower, dress and drive to work on the Pavlovian conditioning of an alarm clock, only to find the office closed due to it being a Sunday.

Andrew · Early Riser, Australian Francophile

I use an alarm in the morning. If I’ve had a good nights sleep or got to bed fairly handy for eight hours, I’m well rested and don’t argue with the alarm. If I’ve pushed it the night before and stayed up past 10:00pm (party animal), I’ll feel tired in the morning.

It works in a cycle, if I’m up early and productive and have exercised, there’s no problem in passing out that night when I need to, then it’s no problem waking up. So really the exercise and busy day fuels the sleep, which fuels the exercise and busy day.

Manuel Loigeret · French Developer and Yogi

Yes I use the alarm on my iPhone. And just to be sure I wake up I put the iPhone in the kitchen. So I really do have to get up and go there. I used to have it next to me when I was sleeping but I was effectively snoozing a lot, so I chose to have a more radical answer to this problem. It’s stupid but my brain is even more stupid in the morning.

One thing I realized is that I need at least six hours of sleep. I can go under that if it’s just for a day or two but if it’s for a week I adapt my waking hour. I don’t want this thing to ruin my good mood :)