(STUDY FINDS) -- MELBOURNE, Australia — If you’re looking for some extra pep in your step each morning, a new study finds it may be as simple as waking up to some music. Researchers at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Australia say that waking up to a more melodic alarm in the morning improves alertness, while harsh alarm tones cause more grogginess.
While most of us can probably appreciate some extra alertness in the morning, these findings are especially important for emergency medical technicians, first responders, or anyone else required to wake up at peak alertness at unusual times.
According to RMIT doctoral researcher and lead author Stuart McFarlane, grogginess, or what he and his research team call sleep inertia, is a serious problem for many who feel they have to be “always on.”
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