Do you jump out of bed in the morning the first time your alarm clock rings? Or are you someone who likes to hit snooze several times before rising? While hitting snooze and getting a few more minutes of sleep may seem like a good idea, it is actually counterintuitive. Your body goes through several sleep cycles every night. Interrupting these cycles in the morning can leave you feeling more tired than if you just woke up at the time your alarm really needs to sound.
What Happens When You Snooze
When your body hears the alarm go off that’s meant to wake you up and you hit snooze, you are teaching your body that it can ignore the alarm. Several minutes later the cycle repeats. How is your body to know which alarm is the alarm that means you have to get up now? As you train your body to ignore the alarm, it may become more difficult for you to wake up to an alarm clock.
In addition, when you’re hitting snooze in the morning you are only getting a few extra minutes of sleep each time. Scientists believe you are starting your sleep cycles all over again, meaning you are getting your body ready for deep sleep with every tap of the snooze button. Unfortunately for your body, light sleep is the phase you enter each time you snooze. Waking up in light sleep may actually make you feel more tired.
To really feel rested your body needs more of the deep, restorative sleep it receives when you get uninterrupted sleep. This type of sleep allows your body to transition through the sleep phases at its’ own optimal pace.
I know, you’re tired! So how can you stop hitting snooze?
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Alternatives to Hitting Snooze
- Go to bed earlier. When you are waking up tired on a regular basis you may not be getting enough sleep. Instead of trying to get sleep in 7 minute intervals, go to bed a little earlier at night. Your sleep will be higher quality sleep and you will wake up feeling rested and refreshed. Make sure to limit caffeine, exercise and screen time before bed so you can fall right to sleep.
- Set your alarm clock for the time you really need to get up. You will need to train your body to listen to the alarm the first time. This alternative allows you to continue with the sleep cycle your body is naturally in instead of getting lots of interrupted sleep in the mornings. You will be getting up at the same time and feeling more rested than when you snooze off and on for half an hour.
- Have regular bed times and waking times. A regular sleep schedule helps your body learn when to go to bed and when to get up. As your body learns this new cycle, you may even find yourself waking up before your alarm clock rings!
- Set your coffee pot up the night before and have it automatically brew coffee at your waking time. Smelling the coffee and knowing it is waiting for you is a little incentive to get out of bed.
- Meditate prior to going to bed. It is a great way to ensure that you are fully relaxed and ready for a restful night’s sleep.
Is Snoozing Ever OK?
Snoozing one time can help ease your body into the day. Using those few minutes to gently wake your mind and body (while remaining awake!) can ease your transition into the day. In addition, there are always going to be those occasional days where you really feel that you just need a few extra minutes of sleep. You know your body best!
(Learn more about sleep cycles here.)
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What tips do you have to stop hitting snooze?
18 thoughts on “Stop Hitting the Snooze Button!”
I don’t use the snooze option, but I think I can still benefit from these suggestions, especially meditating before going to bed.
Nina, meditating before bed is so relaxing I have to sit up so I don’t accidentally fall asleep!
I do love snoozing occasionally, but your post makes me rethink about changing this habit. Keep trying to go bed earlier, but it seldom happens. Would love to read a post on this.
Sudipta, thank you for the suggestion. I will work on a post about going to bed earlier!
I already knew it wasn’t the best thing to do, but nevertheless I hit the snooze button a few times each morning… A habit I want to change! And I have to start with your point 1. Going to bed earlier. Thanks for this reminder.
You’re welcome Anne! Going to bed earlier can be tricky. I find that when I plan to do it and tell my husband I am more likely to actually go to bed early!
I have always wanted to try the thing where you set your phone away from you at night so in the morning you HAVE to get up to turn off your alarm….but I have not had the “courage” to do so yet!
Dara, you can do it!!
Thanks for sharing! I am usually pretty good about getting up when my alarm goes off, but the snooze button is more tempting when it’s cold out and my bed is warm and cozy.
Emily I am a morning person, so I feel the same way! Sometimes it’s hard to resist the cozy bed when it’s cold out.
I hardly ever use the alarm because I wake up the sometime everyday. We never use the snooze button so this bad habit is not a problem.
Candy, you are one of the lucky ones!
I’ve always been the person in my family that doesn’t hit snooze and I swear it works! When I did hit snooze, I would be so much grumpier in the mornings. Now when I hear my alarm, I literally get up out of bed before turning it off and I just feel accomplished, first thing in the morning. Haha
Katherine, I love the way you look at turning the alarm off as the first accomplishment of the day!
Consistent sleep and waking schedules help me get up when I’m supposed to the most!
Me too Kaylyn! Messing with my sleep schedule throws me off, sometimes for days.
Wow I never knew all that information about hitting snooze all the time. I am a chronic snooze button bitter but now I will think twice about hitting that button! Thanks for the insights
Rebekah, hopefully you’ll have some more well rested mornings soon!