On an extremely good day, you meet the morning with a childlike excitement. You Spring out of bed, ready to tackle whatever task the day has in store for you. On some other days however (we will not say bad day, because a slow morning does not a bad day make), the last thing you want to do is get out of bed.
You have been to 10 prior interviews that have not yielded the expected results, you just do not feel like being a banker that particular day or the day before had been especially difficult and as your alarm rings out to usher you into the new day, you are just not ready for it and here the snooze button comes in.
Most people just stretch, employ the snooze button and snatch some extra seconds or minutes of sleep, believing that that extra time will do the trick. The snooze button becomes a trusty friend, always there for you, always willing to allow you 10 or 20 extra minutes with your bed.
That determination is however very wrong as your snooze button is more like an enemy that may end up setting off some other negatives for the rest of your day.
Why Is Your Snooze Button Bad For You?
So why is it bad for you? There are two simple basic reasons. One – any sleep you get after your alarm clock goes off is fragmented and therefore of a much lower quality. The second reason which is especially important is that you confuse your body.
When your alarm goes off, your body begins preparing itself to wake up, but when you hit the snooze button and settle back into sleep, it considers the episode a false alarm. It then prepares itself for a new sleep cycle that you of course will not have time to complete, leaving you groggy and fatigued for much of the rest of the morning.
For a long term effect, the snoozing throws off your internal clock because you do not have a standard getting up time. When you are not waking up at the same time everyday, your body is neither sure when to wake up nor when in fact to begin feeling sleepy. This will likely result in an overall poor sleeping culture, that will meet you not rested most of the time.
So right now is as good a time as any to begin to get this sleep thing right. Set your alarm for when you actually need to get up and when it rings, refrain from hitting the snooze button. You can help this by keeping your alarm clock or phone all the way across the room so that you must get up to go and shut it off.
The consistency in your waking up time will likely translate to you feeling sleepy at the end of your day and being compelled to go to bed when your body actually needs to, as well as waking up without the need for an alarm.