Check the ringtone on the alarm clock — it may affect your health in the morning

Australian scientists from the Royal Institute of Technology in Melbourne conducted a survey and found that the feeling of fatigue in the morning can be associated with how melodic and rhythmic the composition is on the person's alarm clock. A study is published in PLOS ONE.

The simplest explanation for increased fatigue in the morning is waking up in the wrong phase of sleep. Scientists note: it is important to make sure that you wake up whenever possible, for example, in a fast phase — then the probability of feeling broken is reduced.

But other factors also affect how you feel in the morning. For example, the melody on the alarm clock is found to be such a factor by researchers from Australia.

They conducted an anonymous online survey of 50 participants who needed to be told in detail about what tune they wake up to radio, instrumental music, nature sounds, or a standard alarm call. They also had to specify the genre of the song, volume, pitch, rhythm, tempo, and melody of the song. Also, they had to mark their own emotional response to the wake-up melody on a five-point scale and answer questions about their well-being over the next four hours.

Experts found a link between participants' well-being and the melody of their chosen alarm sound: the most melodic compositions had more benefits for them. And this applies only to songs, not standard melodies. The rhythmic songs were also very melodic for the participants.

Thus, the authors concluded that melodic and rhythmic songs are associated with less feeling of being broken in the morning. However, it is not clear how to explain this relationship-scientists intend to find out in future studies.

Feb. 5, 2020, 12:26 p.m.

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