We have all done it at one time or another. The moment that alarm goes off you reach out and smack the snooze button. You think, “…just a few more minutes of sleep, that is all, just a few more minutes….”
New studies are showing that when you hit that snooze button you may be making yourself even more tired than you already feel.
Dr. Robert S. Rosenberg of the Sleep Disorders Center of Prescott Valley in Flagstaff, AZ explains why the snooze button is bad for you. He says that when you hit that button you are fragmenting the sleep that you are in and that reduces the quality of sleep that your body feels you have had. Not only that but when you hit the snooze button and doze back off, you are setting yourself up for a very unproductive day. You are starting a brand new sleep cycle that you can’t finish and so your body feels even more tired because it really wants to finish that cycle. You may feel like you are in a haze for the rest of the day.
This fuzziness actually has a name, it is called sleep inertia. It’s when you are suddenly awakened from a deep sleep. Once you get out of bed your decision-making abilities are impaired, your general performance for the day is shot, and it can even impair your memory. Sometimes it can take up to an hour and a half to get rid of the sleep inertia no matter how much coffee you drink.
When you hit the snooze button and go back to sleep you are throwing the hormones in your brain off balance. It can end up making you more tired during the day and more awake at night which can throw your whole sleep cycle off. Rosenberg says that the urge to hit the snooze button is because you are not getting enough good rest at night to start with. He suggests turning in earlier, keep electronics out of your bedroom at night, and put your alarm somewhere in your room where you will still hear it but are going to have to get out of bed to turn it off.