Lightning fast reflexes every morning when the alarm goes off in the morning is something all of us have. However, most of us hit snooze to squeeze in those few extra minutes of blissful sleep rather than actually waking up. Those few extra minutes, are they really all that blissful or are they actually sabotaging the entire day?
By hitting the snooze button repeatedly, our minds are being trained to recognise the ‘just a few more minutes’ sound rather than recognising it as the "get out of bed" tone. In reality, hitting the snooze and getting those few extra minutes won't make you any more rested. Instead, it can make it harder for you to wake up.
By hitting snooze we trick our body into thinking that it's going back into sleep mode. This results in interference with the body's natural sleep-wake cycle. Which just sets us up for more exhaustion throughout the day.
When your alarm goes off repeatedly, your body and brain are confused, resulting in that foggy feeling called sleep inertia. Sleep inertia is the feeling of incomplete awakening and grogginess that reduces your ability to perform even simple tasks. It typically lasts 15-30 minutes, but it can last as long as 4 hours. During this time, you are most likely to make mistakes doing even well known routine actions like driving or cooking.
Despite its popularity, snoozing creates a vicious cycle. The more you make a habit out of hitting snooze, the likelier you are to confuse your brain and your internal body clock. Plus, that ‘extra sleep’ is fragmented, so you’re not getting the intended benefits from it.
Rather than setting an earlier than needed alarm and building in the snooze time before actually waking, the better solution would be to set your alarm for the last possible moment before you need to wake up, and then wake up. Hitting snooze for those extra five/ten minutes in the morning is not worth sacrificing your entire day of productivity, clear thinking and energy.
How much time do you spend each day ‘snoozing’?