That snooze button – bliss or grief?

The snooze button has an increasing, although mixed, reputation. General opinion says that using this function has mainly negative effects on the quality of how we wake up. First of all, falling asleep after the “first snooze” could trigger the start of another deep sleep cycle. In this case, waking up 10 minutes later is a disturbing experience which may ruin your energy levels for the entire first part of the day.

Second of all, those 10 – 20 minutes we sleep thanks to snoozing are minutes taken away from our day’s start. We could have used these minutes to prepare a healthy breakfast, to go through our morning exercises or to carefully select what to wear during the day. In short, these minutes can be used for preparing a better day for ourselves, even from its start.

On the other hand, if the alarm sounds when we are sleeping deep, then snoozing once acts as a softer transition from deep sleep to being fully awake. In this case, snoozing has its benefits. The main difference between these cases consists in the synchronization of our sleep cycle with that moment when the alarm goes off. Our capacity to recognize the right situation from the first moments when we wake up is an ability we can develop through experience.

Whatever kind morning it may be, it is very important to not get to the point where we reach for the snooze button as a reaction to hearing our alarm ring. This habit could be, in fact, the most dangerous and those who exhibit this behavior usually snooze at least three times each morning, before waking up. Delaying waking up with 30 minutes or more actually means that we do not set the alarm when we truly need to wake up, but earlier. In this case, it is much healthier to set the alarm later, when we actually need it to ring and integrate snoozing time in our morning sleep, without unwanted interruptions.

Because life hacking means, first and foremost knowing yourself, it is important to know that not all people have the same reaction to waking up in the morning. Our genetics indicate what chronotype each of us has. This chronotype influences our natural predisposition for early or later morning rises. Discovering your chronotype is a good starting point when designing your personal sleep schedule. Please find an extensive chronotype analysis at the following link.

Being a life hacker means starting from your personal traits, considering your priorities and daily responsibilities and create a plan for yourself so that you can benefit from enough sleep. For more practical advice on how to organize a better sleep schedule, please read this article.

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