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I Switched Up My Alarm Clock Sound to Ease My Morning Stress

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In my mind, there have always been two types of people: those who rise at dawn, hit the gym, and enjoy coffee in peace, and night owls like me, who jolt awake at the sound of their alarm and frantically race out the door every day, breakfast in hand. That was until I spoke with Dr. Shelby Harris , a clinical psychologist and sleep specialist in Westchester, NY, and author of The Women's Guide to Overcoming Insomnia . "If your alarm clock makes you wake up startled, it is likely going to set the tone for a more stressed and rushed day," she explained. Makes sense - so, I did some digging through my Spotify playlist and figured Taylor Swift's "Wildest Dreams" was calming enough to ease me awake like the angelic morning person I always wished I could be. Surprisingly, the opposite happened. It wasn't until 8:30 a.m. the next day that I realized how dramatic the tune actually was - especially the heavy drum beat. Learning this was all a part of t

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