Breaking yourself of the snooze button habit

If you’re like many people, your first reaction when the alarm goes off is that full-armed SLAP of the snooze button.

According to many sleep experts, hitting the snooze for an extra 6-10 minutes a time or two doesn’t really accomplish anything. In fact, it may be detrimental.

Sending mixed signals

The exact amount of sleep varies from person to person, but the average adult needs 7-9 hours. When you go to sleep, your body pumps serotonin into your bloodstream. When you’ve had enough sleep, your body knows and starts to pump dopamine into your system.

As you hit the snooze and go back to sleep, the serotonin kicks in again, but the dopamine is still there. This may leave you disoriented, groggy and unable to get your day started.

Interrupting the cycle

While there are many cycles that occur during a night’s sleep, but there are two that are vital:

Deep sleep – provides the pure rest your body needs

REM – occurs later in the night. This is when you dream and process the previous day’s events. If that is natural process is interrupted, which can have a detrimental effect on mental functions for the rest of the day, including memory, reaction time, comprehension and attention.

How to break the habit

In order to start getting the rest you need and stop the dependence on the snooze alarm, there are several things you should do.

Go to bed earlier each night until you wake up naturally, with no alarm necessary. This will tell you how much sleep you need on average.

If setting an alarm is absolutely necessary, place it across the room so you have to get up to turn it off. (Pro Tip: Put a milk crate upside down over the alarm clock so you have to move it.)

Getting the rest you need is absolutely essential to running at peak efficiency. Breaking yourself of the snooze button habit will help you get the rest you need to get you through the day.


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