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Sleep Research On Hitting the Snooze Button Says It Does More Harm Than Good to Human Body

Sleep Research On Snooze Button Habit Says It Does More Harm Than Good to Human Body
PHOTOGRAPH: Sleep Foundation | When stuck in a snooze-hitting rut, there are easy ways to wake up in the morning—and feel refreshed.

Many of us know the health repercussions of forsaking sleep for the sake of studying, internet browsing or gaming, partying, working, watching home movies, reading, or whatever reason. Sleep is overrated as some people say, and they often end up grabbing a few more minutes of shuteye after their alarm clocks ring in the morning.

Yes, many people all over the world are inclined to hit the snooze button within seconds of waking up, and not getting up, little realizing it can do the body more harm than good. Studies show that what the briefly extended sleeping does, in fact, is make a person more tired.

Unfortunately, many people have the notion that they are better off and more ready to attack the day after nodding off to sleep for a few extra minutes. For years, sleep scientists have studied the effects of drifting in and out of sleep in the morning, apart from uncovering other interesting findings such as the impact of recurring partial sleep deprivation (in normal-weight people) on gut microbiota and other body dysfunctions.


Stanford University sleep specialists underscored that hitting the snooze button and enjoying the luxury of extended sleep confuses your body and brain. When your alarm goes off, it signals that the sleep cycle has comes to a halt.

It then leads to what the (U.S.) National Sleep Foundation calls sleep inertia — that groggy, disoriented feeling arising from being awakened from a deep sleep. It slows down decision-making ability and may hamper overall performance.


Sleep experts suggest simple ways to help the mind and body find a healthy rhythm.  Most people may simply want to embrace their natural sleep patterns, and doze off when they feel like it, particularly in the morning before the working day starts.

However, it may pay to heed the scientifically proven findings and try some healthy sleep tips. Your body will thank you for it.

If you are increasingly more difficult to obey your alarm, simply get more sleep.  Eliminate sleep disruptors like using screens on cell phones, computers, tablets and television that emit light.

Making your bedroom a technology-free zone is ideal. Modern gadgets and apps tend to trick your brain into thinking it needs to stay awake.

Keep in mind that next-morning alertness and productivity are hinged on getting restful sleep. Come to think about it, your sleep need not be disrupted by a continual snooze alarm — especially if you’ll just keep pressing it.


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