We’ve all been there. You have an ambitious 5 am alarm clock set up, but once you realize you don’t really need to wake up at 5 am, you hit the snooze button. After all, you have a backup (last minute resort) alarm clock setup. Or, you set a 6:45 am alarm clock and you need to get out of your house by 7:15am, but you think you can get ready in 15 minutes, so what do you do? You hit the snooze button. At 7am you realize that you will have a chaotic morning as always. You need to change something, right now. But hitting the snooze button is so tempting. You promise yourself that you won’t do that ever again, but before you know it, you put yourself in the same situation again.
Here we are going to explain how to avoid the snooze button and still wake up well rested.
Hitting the snooze button is a habit that is not easy to break (as almost any other habit). Most of us are tempted to hit the snooze button but resisting the urge is crucial. Only 15 minutes of sleep will not make things easier and you probably won’t feel better due to a few additional minutes of sleep, you will actually feel worse and set yourself up for a chaotic morning, maybe even for a chaotic day.
Mary A. Carskadon, Ph.D., a professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University, explained to the Huffington Post that hitting the snooze button can cause what’s known as drockling.
What is drockling?
It is the phenomenon of drifting in and out of sleep especially in the early morning hours. It can even feel great. It usually feels good since your body temperature will naturally warm up for a couple of hours before you are ready to wake up. However, if your alarm clock wakes you up before you are ready, your body temperature is at the lowest point and a cold bedroom can feel like the worst punishment at that moment. That’s the main reason why your cozy, comfortable covers feel like the greatest thing ever, like the comfort that you need. Still, once your head hits the pillow again, you are making your morning hours more difficult than you can imagine.
What Should You Do?
It’s important to note that if you are waking up each morning at a different time, your internal alarm is off, and it is harder for your body to know when it’s time to get up. Waking up at different times can also give you something that’s known as sleep inertia which is the feeling of grogginess followed by abrupt awakening. This feeling is common when you are waking up from a deep sleep cycle. What happens next? After hitting the snooze button, your body might enter a deeper sleep stage again, making the groggy feeling of waking up even worse. If you think you will get rest if you sleep an extra 15 minutes or half an hour, you are making this worse, you will feel tired and you might even be late for work.
First thing you should do is set up your alarm for the actual time when you want to wake up, or to be more precious, for the time when you need to wake up. The second important thing is to try going to bed and waking up at the same time. Eventually, your body clock will get used to the right time of going to bed and waking up. At that point, waking up will not be like a punishment and the snooze button will not be an option for you.