The “Snooze” function of the alarm clock is very tempting and often used. However, it is highly detrimental to health.
Every morning it’s the same: the ringing of the alarm clock on your smartphone wakes you up from your dreams. As soon as you open your eyes, you’re faced with a difficult decision; either jump out of bed immediately or allow a few more minutes of sleep by activating your phone’s snooze function.
Don’t worry; you’re not alone if you’re one who “snoozes”! A study by Oxford Academy in late August examined the wake-up habits of 450 Americans, and 57% of participants used this enticing snooze feature.
According to the researchers, “snoozing” is not harmless. A complete sleep cycle ideally lasts 90 minutes and is divided into several phases (light sleep, deep sleep, REM sleep…). After waking up, when you fall back into the arms of Morpheus, the god of dreams, a new cycle begins, which is broken 5 to 10 minutes later.
With each unnatural wake-up call, the body releases the stress hormone cortisol to get pumped up. So with each new alarm, the body secretes more of it, increasing the person’s stress level. This leads to an increase in heart rate and blood pressure.
How do you wake up properly knowing that the “snooze” function is discouraged? You could set the alarm in the morning for the last time before you get up. So if you want to get up at 7:15 am, set your alarm for 7 am, that way, you’ll have some wiggle room and technically as much sleep as on days with “snooze,” only healthier this time.
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