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Are you depriving yourself of sleep by hitting the snooze button?

by , 17 December 2013

Is “just five more minutes” part of your morning routine? If you're in the habit of pressing the snooze button when you wake up in the morning, listen up, you could be depriving yourself of sleep!

Unless you’re part of the lucky few that get to wake up naturally every morning, you tend to rely on an alarm to get you out of a deep sleep in the morning. 
 
Shockingly, more than a third of adults hit the snooze button three times or more every morning. But what is it actually doing to us?
 
You’re tricking your brain by hitting snooze
 
Many people are setting their alarms to wake them up half an hour to an hour before they should normally wake up, just so they can press the snooze button a couple of times. 
 
What this is actually doing is making your brain reset to start the sleep cycle again. 
 
And because it takes more than 10 minutes to get through a good sleep cycle; in fact, out of the four stages of sleep, the first stage alone takes about 90 minutes to complete.
 
So what your brain is doing every 10 minutes is resetting to the beginning of the cycle when you’re hitting the snooze button. 
 
The snooze button is making you feel like you’re being deprived of sleep
 
You’re not allowing yourself to go through the normal stages of sleep when you’re snoozing for such a short period, you’re likely to feel sleep deprived. 
 
Don’t become a frequent snoozer! Set your alarm for the right time you’re supposed to wake up in the mornings and force yourself to get out of bed. 
 
This may take some time, so try and put your alarm clock on the opposite side of the room. You will have to get out of bed to reach it, so take advantage of this. 
 
Have a good stretch once you’re out of bed, and get the oxygen flowing to your brain. 
 
This may be especially hard for you as you’re winding down work for the year, but form good habits now. Be ready to get up and go by the time next year rolls around. 
 

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