Why the Snooze Button Is Making You MORE Tired?

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Are you a "snooze button presser"? Are you constantly dragging in the morning just trying to make it to the coffee pot? I have always been somewhat of a morning person, as in I didn't mind getting up if I had to, but I haven't always been "perky". It would take me a bit to get moving and I always pressed snoozed. And yep, I also had the coffee going as soon as I peeled my eyes open enough to see what I was doing!

Did you know that pressing the snooze button is actually making things WORSE, not better? Some people press snooze a half a dozen (or more) times before they finally get up! Holy cow! We all know about sleep cycles, right? Sleep cycles last between 90 and 110 minutes and when you interrupt these cycles, it's much tougher to feel rested and awake, nearly impossible.

Quick overview of the stages of sleep:

  • Stage 0: Interim between consciousness and sleep; drowsy; you may already be in bed or falling asleep wherever you are
  • Stage 1: Light sleep; Muscle, brain & eye activity decreases; Heart rate slows
  • Stage 2: Eye movement & muscle activity stop; Brainwaves slow down; Body is making repairs
  • Stage 3: Brain produces very slow delta waves; may be disoriented if awakened
  • Stage 4: Heart, breathing, & blood pressure rise; Body is paralyzed; Eye movement is quick & dreams begin

Back to the ol' snooze button. Essentially, as I mentioned above, you are interrupting your sleep cycle, sometimes many times, before finally getting up. When you wake up to your initial alarm, you brain thinks it is time to get up, but once you lay back down to sleep again your brain takes it as a false alarm and tries to head back into deep sleep. When the snooze alarm then goes off a few minutes later your brain and body are confused and many times it can result in feeling groggy, or like you are in a “fog.” You are WAY more tired doing this than if you were to set your alarm at the time you actually need to get up... and then get up. Easier said than done, right? I know, but there comes a point where you say enough is enough. You have two choices...

  1. Continue to be tired, irritable, lethargic, unmotivated... have a foggy mind, sickness... you name it... sleep is a huge factor in your health and well-being
  2. Commit to making a change

I have been able to completely reverse my snooze button issue. For the past couple of years I wake up effortlessly, with energy, motivation, a clear mind, and so ready to start my day... anxious for the opportunities coming forth. These are the three things I have done (over time) to help me do this.

  1. Changed my nutrition and started eating healthier
  2. Started exercising regularly
  3. Most recently I have created a morning (and night) ritual that has helped even more

Doesn't sound like much, right? In all honesty, when I break it down, this is exactly what I have done. There is no magic in this. It's a definitive decision to change what I had been doing because I knew it wasn't serving me well anymore.

Side Note -
I have never had a problem with sleeping itself... meaning insomnia (which is the symptom, not the problem). Insomnia is a form of anxiety – the inability to switch off from things. It's a symptom of other things going on and if you learn to allow yourself to relax and switch off, then sleep will come naturally to you.

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DID YOU KNOW? Anxiety, stress, and depression are some of the most common causes of chronic insomnia. Having difficulty sleeping can also make anxiety, stress, and depression symptoms worse. It's a vicious circle, and the longer it goes on, the worse it gets. Receive the help that is available for you and you will see a noticeable change fairly quickly.

Also, check out the Empower Your Life Podcast - Episode 5 - where I talk about my morning ritual and why it's so important.

Have a wonderful day!