Your alarm habits can tell a lot about you. Alarmed?

6.00, 6.15, 6.20, 6.30, 7.00. Is this how your alarm clock looks when you go about hitting the snooze button? Then your alarm habits speak a lot about you – and also the quality of your sleep.

While there are people who need at least five cycles of ring to get out of the bed – there are also those who get up just as the alarm goes off the first time. That said, how swift you are in rising early is a result of how you’ve spent the previous night.

Research reveals that prompt-risers have good sleep routines. They are consistent with the time they go to bed each night. Importantly, the quality of their sleep is good as they have adequate hours of sleep at night. To sum up, their internal clock is in sync with their routine.

Talking about undisturbed sleep, it can be owed to external factors like spending too much time with the mobile phone, television or constant ambient noise. Other factors that cause impaired sleep are work stress, reflective thinking, excessive exercise, eating heavy or oily food before going to bed. Sleep researchers suggest that the best way to set your body clock is to have a similar routine every morning and evening. This sleep-and-wake cycle attunes our body to waking up naturally in the morning. In a nutshell, when the body’s natural circadian rhythm is disturbed, the body clock gets irregular and the sleep cycle is disturbed.

On a lighter but factual note, if your partner snores, watches elevation late into the night, or comes back from work quite late – such factors can also be the reason why you’re hitting the snooze button more often than you probably should.