4. Set a R.E.M. alarm
Your body goes in and out of R.E.M. sleep cycles. R.E.M. stands for rapid eye movement, it’s the deepest part of sleep usually followed by the lightest part of sleep. If you wake up during a deep sleep, you tend to be more cranky. Adversely, if you wake up during a light sleep period you will feel more rested and satisfied with your nights rest.
Instead of setting your alarm the traditional way, try out an R.E.M. calculator and rise during a light part of sleep. Don’t set a backup alarm or hit the snooze button either!