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Science Explains Why You Should Stop Hitting The Snooze Button


It’s all too tempting to hit the snooze button when the alarm goes off in the morning. You might think the extra few minutes will give you time to wake up, but it does more harm than good. This video explains why.

The folks at ASAP Science explain that while you might think that hitting snooze will give you a chance to finish your natural sleep cycle and wake up feeling rested, that’s not what happens. After you hit snooze and drift off, your brain starts its sleep cycle all over again. When the alarm goes off a second time, you’re likely at an even deeper, earlier part of your sleep cycle, which results in you feeling even worse than you did the first time.

If you regularly wake up feeling groggy, they explain the trouble may be that your alarm is going off at the wrong part of your sleep cycle. Try setting your alarm a few minutes later (or getting up a little earlier) and sticking to a regular sleep schedule to get a nice rhythm going. For more tips, check out our guide to getting a better night’s sleep and rebooting your sleep schedule.

Should You Use the SNOOZE Button? [YouTube]