Few things are worse than getting a bad night's sleep. Not enough zzzs can leave you groggy, disoriented, and unproductive — not to mention it can up your chances of getting sick and packing on pounds. But there are ways to combat sleepytime struggles and improve your snooze quality. Here, we've ranked them from least to most effective.More
Many of us hit "snooze" at least once before we (finally) roll out of bed, but those few extra minutes of bliss may mess with your sleep cycle, according to AsapSCIENCE. Every time you fall back asleep, you're likely sleeping more deeply than before. Your body is therefore extra confused when your alarm goes off again and again, delaying the time it takes to become bright-eyed and bushy tailed. So go ahead and pass on those short bouts of not-so-great dozing.
Even better than jumping out of bed at the first alarm chime is waking up naturally — a tip that sleep queen Arianna Huffington swears by. For her, rising alarm-free means rising stress-free. But for those of us without such a reliable internal clock, here's a more realistic option: Try a light-based alarm clock (like the Philips Wake-Up Light with Sunrise Simulation), which wakes you with both progressive light and soothing sounds.