Stop! Don’t Hit the Snooze Button!

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If you’re like me, you probably hit the snooze button each morning. And hitting that tiny little button just once is never enough, right?

People generally think they’ve had a bad night’s sleep if they have a hard time waking up. According to author and writer Maria Konnikova, this is not necessarily the case. She says if you keep a regular schedule, your body has conditioned itself to start the wake up process for about one to two hours before that annoying alarm goes off. Hitting the snooze button actually messes with your sleep cycle by restarting it.

“You end up right back to where it began and you’re making all those preparations for nothing,” explains Konnikova. “You end up being even sleepier, even groggier than you would have been had you just dealt with it and gotten up right away.”

I’m going to try to remember to not hit the snooze button tomorrow morning but… old habits die hard.

For more information on this topic, please visit CBC News.

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