By Nicole Tinkham
Sleep is hard to come by and the logical thing to do is get it whenever you possibly can, even if that means hitting the snooze button for an extra 5 minutes of shut eye. However, this may not be in your best interest. What if we told you that you’re going about it all wrong? What if that extra little bit of sleep could actually make you feel worse in the morning? If you’re a lover of the snooze button, read on. Here’s why you need to break that bad habit!
FACT: Drockling is the technical term for hitting the snooze button, or drifting in and out of sleep in the early morning.
Did you know that your body prepares you to wake up in the morning? It does so by increasing your core temperature, which makes you feel more alert. This happens a couple of HOURS before you wake up.
Now let’s talk more about “drockling” and how drifting off to sleep for a few minutes is not what you should be doing. You see your body goes back into a deep sleep and isn’t ready to wake up after only a short period of time. Waking up in this fashion is what makes your bed feel even warmer and cozier than normal.
Every time you hit the snooze button, you’re tricking your body into thinking you don’t need to get up after all. Ever get that groggy feeling (known as sleep inertia) after the alarm buzzer? That’s because your body and mind are taken by surprise. They aren’t prepared to get up!
On top of all that, you’re also throwing off your body’s internal clock (yes, it is a thing). Waking up at different times each morning totally confuses your body. Keep it CONSISTENT and your body will automatically know when to start feeling sleepy for bed to ensure you get enough sleep.
What you need to do:
The solution is simple. Set your alarm for the time you need to get up and then actually get up at that time! We suggest moving your alarm away from the bed to force yourself to physically get up and shut it off. Make sure you’re setting it for the same time every single day. Eventually, you may be able to wake up on time without an alarm. Imagine that! But it might be a good idea to set it anyway 🙂
Note: It’s possible to still feel groggy even when avoiding the snooze button. If that’s the case, you may have an even bigger problem – lack of sleep. If you’re getting less than 6 hours of sleep a night, you may have “social jetlag”. Try going to bed earlier and turning off your devices (phone, laptop, tablet, etc.) before heading to bed.
Do you really get a GOOD sleep after hitting snooze? Most likely not. So why hit snooze in the first place? Oh and that grogginess we talked about earlier? That can last up to an hour and a half after finally waking up. What a time suck! Ask yourself this: Are the extra 5 minutes really worth it? You may find it difficult to break the habit but we’re in this together. Try it out tomorrow and let us know how it made you feel by leaving a comment below.