How Many Times Do Most People Hit the Snooze Button? (And More Fascinating Alarm Clock Stats)

updated May 3, 2019
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When your alarm goes off in the morning, how do you feel? If the answer is “dreadful,” you’re not alone—a new study from Sleep Junkie found that more than half (53.86 percent!) of people feel the same way upon hearing their alarm.

In addition, 27.12 percent of people feel anxious when they’re alarm goes off, while only 11.24 percent feel energized, 2.32 percent feel excited, and a mere 0.32 percent feel awake—the remainder feel either annoyed, tired, resigned, or angry. So if hearing your alarm in the morning doesn’t exactly have you happily jumping out of bed, you’re in the (very vast) majority.

And what about your relationship with the snooze button? According to the study, most people hit snooze at least once. A little more than one third (35.57 percent) of women and 43.39 percent of men say they never hit snooze, with the rest admitting to hitting snooze at least once. As for chronic snoozers, 6.31 percent of women and 5.65 percent of men say they hit snooze more than three times.

Divided by generation, millennials are actually the least likely to hit snooze—57.31 percent never do, according to the study. (Take that, everyone who thinks millennials are the laziest generation!). Baby boomers are the most likely to hit snooze more than 3 times, at 7.22 percent.

Along with that, the majority of people surveyed (61.94 percent) said they only set one alarm for the morning, while 21.16 percent set 2, 12.44 percent set more than 2, and only 4.46 percent say they don’t use one at all. So, whether you’re on Team Snooze or you’re a multiple-alarms setter, rest assured (no pun intended) that your wake up habits are pretty normal.

And perhaps unsurprisingly, most people—millennials and those in Generation X especially at 88.39 and 70.98 percent, respectively—use their smartphone as their alarm clock. Keep in mind that using your phone (or looking at any screens, really) before bed isn’t exactly known for contributing to a restful slumber, so if this is your preferred method of waking up, you might want to switch to a standalone alarm clock.

Resources for a Better Night’s Sleep

For when you want to sleep sounder—or at least feel a little less stressed out in the morning: