Snoozing Often? Here’s why you need to stop!
What Snoozing does to your brain?
Hello everyone and welcome back to our channel! Today we’ll tell you all about the importance of waking up on time. Ever wonder why do you magically seem to feel better when you wake up on your own, but you feel horrible every time when you snooze your alarm? Well, there’s a very simple reason for that – your brain simply doesn’t like the stop-and-go idea of cutting sleep into pieces.
Remember those moments when the alarm sounds, and you go “Please just 5 more minutes…” There’s nothing to be ashamed of – We’ve all been there! But if you’ve made a habit out of this, you should stop, because it’s actually really harmful. Want to find out why? Keep reading, and you’ll find out!
We won’t bore you with the details of why sleep is essential – we’re sure that our viewers are well aware of these reasons. But we’ll give you a list of the benefits of getting quality sleep:
- You will wake up full of energy
- You will have an easier time focusing throughout the day
- You will be in a better mood
- You will feel more confident and in control of any situation
- You will do better in social interactions
- You will do better at work
On top of these undeniable benefits, that we all know by experience, there are other, less immediate ones that you won’t even notice unless a doctor or a scientist tells you about them! Getting enough high-quality sleep is vital for the regeneration of cells throughout your body – rest for the brain means recovery mode for your organs!
Why do we need alarms?
Few people manage to always wake up before the alarm … Why is that?
Well, there’s a whole manner of reasons for oversleeping:
- Busy schedules
- Long working hours
- Physical exertion
- And more!
Stop hitting the snooze button!
Sleep is divided into cycles. Each sleep cycle lasts roughly 1.5 hours. So, when you doze off when you go to bed, your brain goes into its first cycle, then the second, and so on. If all goes well, you’ll wake up well-rested and ready to take on the day. This usually takes about 4 full cycles or 6 hours, meaning that 6 hours of sleep will make you feel OK.
But if you want to lead a happy and productive life, you want to more than merely OK. OK just isn’t good enough! So, you want to add at least 2 more hours of sleep or an entire additional cycle. This is the optimal amount of sleep that you can get – around 8 hours. Try it out, and you’ll be able to wake up on your own, without any help, and you’re guaranteed to feel refreshed and ready for anything!
More often than not, however, people will sleep 4-5 hours, waking up groggy and tired. That’s also why we’re so likely to hit the snooze button – we just want a few extra minutes of rest and relaxation. Sadly, this will only make matters worse. When you hit the snooze button, your brain attempts to go into a brand new sleep cycle. And remember how long those last? Yeah, about an hour and a half. So, unless you plan on spending at least 90 more minutes in bed, you’re better off getting up instead.
If you wake up in the middle of a cycle, you’re breaking your pattern. This confuses the brain, making it think that there’s still time to catch up on the rest. Repeatedly doing this will make your mind lose track of how far it’s gotten and what it should be doing.
But wait, there’s more!
Some of you are probably aware of sleep inertia. For those who aren’t, here’s a quick rundown.
Sleep inertia refers to your brain being unable to shake off the sleep, going straight into autopilot. It makes you just want to go back to bed. You can’t concentrate, can’t make decisions, and you’d feel much better if everyone could just leave you alone. Sadly, coffee won’t help with this. As a matter of fact, it could even make things worse!
Caffeine, especially in large doses, can cause jitters, anxiety and increased heart rate, which will only confuse your brain even further.
How long does sleep inertia last?
You’d assume – pretty logically at that – that it would last about as long as your average sleep cycle. Sadly, this isn’t the case.
While you’re asleep, your brain is actively working to restore your mind and body. When awake, on the other hand, it’s busy juggling numerous other tasks. As a result, your brain will need a lot longer to get everything working correctly if it misses out on sleep.
When in this state, you’d be lucky if you could even handle the simplest of tasks before lunch!
Have you tried remembering whether you locked your front door? No? That’s because you do this automatically! Many of our small, day-to-day tasks aren’t classified as necessary enough for our brains to register the activity.
The more rituals you have, the more you’ll forget with time.
How to get rid of sleep inertia?
We’re going to show you the three easiest ways to deal with sleep inertia
- Cold Showers – As a matter of fact, you won’t even need to take a full shower! Simply cooling off your palms and feet would do the job just fine!
- Music – the louder, the better! Just be careful and use headphones if you’re doing it early in the morning, or your neighbours might not appreciate it.
- Sunlight – When you’re in the dark, your body is producing melatonin – the sleep hormone. The presence of light in the room signals your brain that it’s time to wake up, which will dissipate the melatonin, pulling you out of the sleepy state
And which of these solutions is the best one? All of them! If you’re dealing with sleep inertia, remember merely combine all three for a guaranteed success!
And it’d be pretty easy to do it all at once.
As soon as your first (and only!) alarm goes off, get up, pull the blinds open, put on your favourite music and jump in a cold shower!
That’ll set you up for a pleasant and productive day!
So, after all that, do you still like the idea of using alarms? Have you tried waking up without one? What are some tricks that you’ve found useful for waking up easily? Give us your thoughts and experiences in the comments below! And if you like our content, please consider giving us a like, share this blog with a friend, or click subscribe to our newsletter to never miss another post!
If you’re looking for more ways to improve your sleep, check out our blog on pillows and their effect on sleep quality – How to Clean Your Pillows?