SNOOZE YOU LOSE

So what type of snoozer are you? First crime? Multiple offender? Do you steal an extra 10, 20 or 30 minutes?

Well all of this is called “drockling”, the old, official term for dipping in and out of sleep in the early morning. Sorry to break it to you though, it actually does more harm than good.

Your body needs some time to get you ready to wake up; to prepare your awakening your core body temperature starts to warm up about 2 hours before your body feels ready to wake up. If you wake up before your body is ready, your core temperature is still in the deep sleep range - this is why your bed feels cosier than ever, as your body isn’t ready yet.  Reinforcing why it’s important to get enough sleep.

However hitting snooze is not the answer. As we have mentioned, you need time to get ready to wake up. When you hit the snooze button, it’s sending a “false alarm” signal to your body and off you go back into deep sleep. When the alarm goes off a second time your body and brain are taken by surprise, as you told them to go back into deep sleep. This results in you feeling groggy, fuzzy headed or the official term, you have sleep inertia. Oh and by the way this feeling can hang around for up to 2 to 4 hours!

So what’s the answer to kick the snooze habit? Simple, set your alarm for when you actually have to be up and then get up when it goes off. Try to set your alarm the same every day. Our bodies like consistency, so yes that means going to bed at a regular time as well. Try it for a week and see how you feel.

Posted Nov 18, 2016

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