Morning Melodies

Life is better when you wake up to music


Sierra Witte

“I tumble outta bed and stumble to the kitchen / Pour myself a cup of ambition /

Yawn and stretch and try to come to life.” The opening lyrics from this iconic Dolly Parton song “9 to 5” accompany me as I myself tumble out of bed each morning.

For as long as I can remember, waking up has been difficult and dreaded. The alarm would go off at 6:30 a.m., and I would, half-awake, begin to get dressed and eat breakfast. Little did I know, I could be having a much better start to my mornings, if only a song had pulled me out of my slumber.

As we come up on almost a year of quarantine, we all need a little morning boost to get us out of bed. A simple way to start off your day right is to wake up to music. It is scientifically proven to be a better wake up call than the average beeping alarm.

An Australian research study released early in 2020 reveals that waking up to melodic songs, rather than to an alarm beep, helps to reduce sleep inertia, which experts define as “a transitional wake-sleep phenomenon characterized by low arousal and reduced cognition.” In simple terms, waking to music reduces the dreaded morning grogginess and jump starts brain activity. While waking up to a melody might raise your morning energy and promote productivity, a “monotonous “beep beep beep” alarm might raise anxiety and promote confusion,” writes Nancy Schimelpfening from Healthline.

As a non-morning person, a scientifically proven better wake up call is a game changer. I began setting musical alarms as a way of bringing some happiness to my dreaded early wake up call. The melodic start to my day has allowed me to have more productive mornings that start earlier. 

Early wake up calls are extremely common among highly successful people, as found by Benjamin Spall, author of a book on their morning routines. Spall has interviewed over 300 accomplished people, and found, “the average wake-up time for everyone I’ve talked to is 6:27 a.m.” This may seem unfeasible to teens, but with a melodic alarm the early rising time is within reach and may even bring you joy on your road to success.

I truly recommend that if you want a more productive and energized morning, you let Dolly Parton, or your favorite artist, be the first voice you hear as you “yawn and stretch and try to come to life.”

Sierra Witte is a junior at Rio Americano High School.