Why You Should Ban the Snooze Button
Mayo Clinic professor of medicine and former president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Timothy Morgenthaler, spoke to Business Insider about the impact of hitting the snooze button every morning.
Whilst those extra minutes asleep might feel like heaven, Morgenthaler explains what really happens when you hit that button.
“Most sleep specialists think that snooze alarms are not a good idea,” stated Morgenthaler, who is also board certified in the field of sleep medicine, “If you think about it … you would need a snooze alarm if you’re planning on waking up too soon.”
The snooze button is there because you know the initial alarm is too soon, you’re not ready to get out of bed. An extra few minutes tucked up might feel like heaven, but bigger issues are at work, Morgenthaler said.
If you’re not ready to rise, it probably means you didn’t get sufficient sleep the night before. Most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep a day, according to the National Institute of Health.
If you fall asleep after hitting snooze, you’re setting your body up for another sleep cycle that you have no chance of finishing, according to Robert S. Rosenberg, the medical director of the Sleep Disorders Centre of Prescott Valley and Flagstaff, Arizona.
Not only are you robbing yourself of more quality sleep that you would have had if you’d just set the alarm 10 minutes later it also “messes with your brain hormones” and disrupts your circadian rhythm, Rosenberg told Van Winkle’s.
Your circadian rhythm is the internal clock and is one of the key systems that control our overall drive to sleep or wake.
You might be best to ban the snooze button in favour for an extra five minutes of uninterrupted sleep.
“If you’re getting enough sleep and if you have no sleep disorder then you shouldn’t need something like that,” Morgenthaler said and added that a good first step would be to start going to bed half an hour earlier.