You Snooze, You Loose
Do you ever feel like you need just a little bit more sleep? Do you often snooze your alarm? For many of us, it is part of our daily routine to start the day by snoozing, but in most cases, it makes us only loose.
If you wake up tired, you most likely are not sleeping enough or are waking up during deep sleep. Many of us try to fix the grogginess by snoozing. However, it is rarely useful, as snoozing is usually only aggravating the sleep inertia symptoms. In the worst case, you feel only sleepier.
Snoozing confuses our bodies in many ways. Waking up kicks off many hormonal processes, which are intended to increase the level of alertness and to get the day going. Usually, these processes launch once woke up the first time, and drifting on and off sleep can confuse these processes. If your body gets used to excessive snoozing, it can’t wake up on the first alarm, and a drowsy spiral is born, making you more and more depended on snoozing, only to get up from the bed.
However, it is not necessarily wrong to snooze in the mornings. You can allow a few minutes to wake up properly, as long as you are not falling back to sleep and avoid that at all costs. However, don’t stay in bed too long - only a few minutes is enough and more than that can be harmful.
Example Habits to try:
Kaplan, K. A., Talavera, D. C., & Harvey, A. G. (2018). Rise and shine: A treatment experiment testing a morning routine to decrease subjective sleep inertia in insomnia and bipolar disorder. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 111
Winter, W. C. (2017). The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep is Broken and how to Fix it. Penguin.