As if Mondays weren’t bad enough, there’s one thing making it
infinitely worse: your snooze button. Research shows that while it might feel
good to delay the inevitable start-the-day alarm, an extra 5 minutes isn’t
helping you catch extra zzz’s.
What happens when you hit snooze is that your body tries to reset your
sleep cycle. Except, it’s not meant to squeeze a full cycle into just 5 or 10
minutes. In fact, the typical sleep cycle is about 90 minutes long—and we’re
betting you don’t have time for that
kind of lie-in. So, when your alarm goes off again—and again and again—you keep
waking your brain up in the very early stages of a sleep cycle, leaving your
far more groggy than you were before.
Instead of building in snooze time, plan to wake up a little later (or
maybe a little earlier, to accommodate your sleep cycle). Switch on a lamp or
raise the shades as soon as your alarm rings, and then go through your routine.
Smelling something tasty, like cinnamon bread in the toaster, might alert your
senses that it’s time to wake up, already. And hopping in the shower to rinse
off quickly might shock your body into wakefulness. Yawn.
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BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 2/3/2014 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN always tired, sleep tips, get more sleep, makeover your morning routine