Hitting Snooze And Your Sleep

The link between sleep and the snooze button sleepspec

Hitting Snooze And Your Sleep

The link between sleep and the snooze button sleepspec

Lightning fast reflexes 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?

Hitting the snooze button repeatedly, trains our minds to recognise the alarm as a ‘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 the alarm goes off repeatedly, your body and brain are confused. Resulting in the foggy feeling, 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.

Stop setting an earlier than needed alarm and building in the snooze time before actually waking. Rather, 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.

A few ways to chase away the foggy feeling each morning:

  • try exposing yourself to blue light by opening curtains or sit in a really brightly lit room.
  • Spend 20 minutes looking at a digital device like a phone, tablet or laptop.
  • Use the SleepSpec Blue Light Simulator for 20 minutes to flood your eyes with brain waking blue light.

How much time do you ‘snooze’ each day?

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