We have all been there: Just as we enjoy our deepest and most restful sleep, the alarm clock goes off and shatters the silence. Before we know it, we tap the snooze button so we can enjoy a few extra minutes of rest before getting up to tackle the day.
At first glance, this innocent ritual seems great. But upon closer look, hitting the snooze button is worse than most people imagine. Let’s see why.
Why snoozing is bad for your Sleep
Sleep quantity and quality matter equally. They are two sides of the same coin. Once your alarm clock goes off, it wakes you up. So even if you hit the snooze button and fall asleep immediately, your alarm has already broken the chain, and you are no longer in that state of deep rest.
Sure, you might get a few extra minutes of sleep, but that rest is not going to do much for you. It takes your body time to fall into a state of deep sleep. In addition, each sleep cycle takes around 90 minutes to complete and deliver benefits, so getting an extra 9-minutes, which is the default on every Apple iPhone, of sleep would not do you much good.
In fact, hitting the snooze button might be worse. Instead of sleeping as much as you can and waking up to tackle the day, you worsen the quality of your last 20, 30, or 40 minutes of sleep. If left uninterrupted, your body can use that time to be in a deep sleep. But if you wake up, hit snooze, and repeat, you get out of that state and can only enjoy some shallow rest until it is time to get up or hit snooze again.
Plus, snoozing can also worsen the experience of waking up in the morning. For example, if you hit the snooze button and fall asleep immediately, the alarm clock will go off again just as you drift off. This can make for an unpleasant experience and only make it more challenging to wake up in the morning.
How to stop hitting the Snooze Button
There is no secret to avoiding the snooze button in the morning. You have to make a conscious choice that snoozing is not good and that you should stop.
A good tactic you can start using is to place your phone far from your bed. In doing so, you force yourself to get up and move to turn it off in the morning. Movement is a great way to start waking up, and you will be less likely to hit the snooze button after getting up. In contrast, having your phone in reach will make it easier to go for the easy solution of hitting snooze.
Another beneficial thing you can do is to start moving right away. It might sound counterintuitive, but the movement is among the best ways to wake yourself up. For example, once you stop the alarm, walk to the bathroom, splash water on your face, and brush your teeth.
You can also set an objective for yourself in the morning. Doing so is a great way to have a 'why' for waking up in the morning. A good practice would be to have a simple morning routine. It could consist of some exercise, reading, journaling, or simple reflection.
And if you have time to snooze, why not use the final time as your alarm. So you can quite the game of snoozing and actually enjoy those 9-18-27 minutes of extra sleep - just saying...