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Why Hitting The Snooze Button Is Bad For You

Try the 'inverted snooze' instead.

What’s your initial reaction when you hear your alarm go off in the morning? We’re guessing you like to hit the snooze button to give you another 10 minutes of sleep. How many times do you hit the snooze button before you glance at the time, blurt out “Oh s**t, I’m late!” and then finally jolt out of bed? 

Did you ever find yourself waking up 10-15 minutes earlier than your scheduled alarm and decide, “Oh, I’ll just quickly go back to sleep and wait for the alarm to really go off?” Sorry, CGs, but snoozing an extra 10 minutes is doing you more harm than good.

1. It makes you feel more tired and groggy.

According to The Greatist, “Those five extra minutes in the morning are less restful than five minutes of deep sleep because they take place at the end of the cycle when sleep is lighter.” The more you snooze, the more confused your body and brain get, giving you that groggy, fuzzy-headed feeling called sleep inertia. According to a study by the US National Center for Biotechnology, sleep inertia can persist for up to four more hours after waking up. Not even a cold shower combined with a shot of espresso can combat that.

2. It disrupts your sleep cycle.

According to Dr. Robert S. Rosenberg, sleep medicine specialist and founder of answersforsleep.com, snoozing “puts yourself through a new sleep cycle that you aren’t giving yourself enough time to finish.” It also messes your brain hormones by throwing off your circadian rhythms, better known as your body clock.

3. It lessens your productivity.

Studies show that sleep inertia slows down your ability to make decisions, impairs your memory, reduces alertness, and weakens your general performance throughout the day.

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Should we ditch the snooze button altogether?

Charley Mendoza of KeepInspiring.Me suggests you try the “inverted snooze.” It’s when you hit the snooze button after hearing the alarm but neither go back to sleep or jolt up immediately. Use those 10 minutes to do slow and light things, like stretching at the end of your bed, turning up the music, or opening the windows to start letting sunshine in. Then when the second alarm goes off, you’ll be fully awake and not likely to hit the snooze button again.

Don’t rely completely on your alarm clock to wake you up. Click here to read tips on how to get your butt out of bed in the morning. As for your dire lack of sleep, you must understand that those 10-minute snoozes aren’t making up for it. The better solution to your weekday sleepiness is to nurture long-term healthy sleeping habits. 

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