Snoozing Your Alarm Might Be Bad For Your Brain

June 11, 2019
Hitting the Snooze Button

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If you struggle with sleep like I do, maybe you're in a serious relationship with your snooze button. I've been trying to kick the habit for a while now, because I never actually seem to feel more rested after hitting snooze. And now it turns out that it might actually be bad for your health. 

We cycle through the various stages of sleep in a way that coincides with our body's natural rhythms. Ideally, we're getting 7.5 to 8 hours a night (I know that's not realistic for everyone, just sharing the facts) - that gives us enough time to complete the cycles we need to feel rested. So couple things - if you feel rested but hit snooze out of habit, you could end up waking up at a weird time in your sleep cycle feeling even more tired. ALSO, your brain may begin to release chemicals that signal the start of the sleep process, making it confused about when it's actually time to sleep, and leading to even worse sleep in the future. Poor sleep can result in all sorts of health problems. It's a vicious cycle. 

But I'm not just going to throw bad news at you and then bail. Here's 17 tips for better sleep - to help you kick your snoozing habit once and for all.