Nokyoung Xayasane
March 21, 2013

Should You Hit the Snooze Button on Your Alarm? (VIDEO)


It’s the same old drill. Your alarm goes off and you instinctively hit the snooze button. Nine more minutes of sleep won’t hurt, right? Um, wrong.

Hitting the snooze button does more harm than we thought.

Our bodies have a natural sleep cycle and the snooze button isn’t our friend. When your alarm goes off in the morning, it can disrupt the natural time when you want to wake up. Once you’ve hit the snooze button, there’s a good chance you’ll fall back asleep and enter a deeper state of sleep. When the alarm goes off again, you’ll feel even more tired than before. It’s a vicious snooze cycle.

The best way to combat your morning sleepiness is to set a regular sleeping routine. Our bodies love the predictable. So if you go to bed at 11pm and plan on waking up at 7am, set your alarm a bit later (say, 7:15) so you have time to wake up naturally. You could give yourself an extra 10 or 15 minutes after your normal waking time and prevent drowsiness throughout the day.

Also, keep your waking and sleeping times in mind during the weekend. Try to maintain the same sleeping patterns throughout the week. After a few weeks, your body will adapt and you won’t be falling asleep at your desk.