It’s 6:30 AM and your alarm clock starts blaring in your ear, jolting you from your night’s rest. In your mind, all you keep thinking is “just a little longer,” so you groggily roll over and hit the snooze button. Sound familiar? The average person hits the snooze button 3 times before getting out of bed. Therefore, we all are victims of snoozing our alarm clocks to get that extra 9 minutes of sleep, but how can this impact the rest of our day?
The 9 minutes of extra sleep we get from hitting the snooze button one time does not fix a lack of sleep for your body. Relying on the snooze button for extra Z’s will not help you, and could actually have adverse effects. If you suffer from sleep deprivation and are trying to get more sleep, then you should schedule an earlier bedtime for yourself. Additionally, nine minutes is not enough time to fall back into any of the beneficial sleep stages, and snoozing allows you to intentionally keep interrupting your sleep. When your sleep is disturbed time and time again, you can expect negative side effects throughout your day, including irritability, fatigue, headaches, and mood swings. Those 9 minutes may feel good while they’re happening, but they can ruin the rest of your day!
Snoozing is also a form of procrastination – you are delaying the start of your day 9 minutes at a time. Pushing your morning wake time farther and farther away will put you in a negative mindset for the rest of the day. Feelings of reluctance and irritation of finally waking up are not what you want to deal with first thing in the morning! So if you are ready to start your days on a positive, motivated note, here are some ways to stop hitting your snooze button…
1. Put your alarm clock on the other side of the room. When your alarm clock is ringing far away from your bed, the only option you have is to get up and turn it off. Once you are out of bed, stay up and start your day happily!
2. Get an alarm clock without a snooze button. Hey, if you can’t snooze, you can’t lose!
3. Set a timer on your lights. If you schedule your lights to turn on right as your alarm clock goes off, you will less likely fall back sleep. The stimulus from the lights should be enough to get you up and out of bed, even if you try closing your eyes.
4. Open your blinds before you go to bed. Keeping the shades up during night will allow the sunlight to filtrate into your bedroom every morning. Natural light is a great way to get you out of bed.
5. Invest in a coffee machine with a timer. If you happen to be a coffee drinker, use your machine to get you up and running! By scheduling the coffee pot to be done brewing right as your alarm clock goes off, you will be able to wake up to the smell of your favorite freshly brewed morning beverage. Keep the coffee machine in your room to make sure you get the aromas each morning!
6. Set a second alarm. Take your cell phone and set an alarm on it for the same time that’s scheduled on your alarm clock. Then put it in another room overnight, (this also takes away from distractions before you go to sleep!) When your alarm goes off in the morning, you know that there is a second alarm going off somewhere else, which forces you to roll out of bed and turn it off.
7. Set your alarm for a later time. If you have been setting your alarm clock extremely early just so that you can snooze, stop! Set your alarm closer to the time you have to be ready and out the door, and you will be jumping out of bed much faster.