3 Steps To Quitting The Snooze Button For Good
Ten minutes of extra shut-eye. It’s a guilty pleasure we’ve all indulged in first thing in the morning. But the snooze button could qualify as the worst invention ever. One tap turns into two, then three, and before you know it, you’ve got more stress and less time to get ready in the morning. But that’s not the whole story. Because hitting snooze also messes with your body clock, shifting your circadian rhythms. And that can affect how you feel for the rest of the day.
It’s all down to your natural sleep patterns.
There are two main kinds of sleep. Rapid eye movement, or REM, sleep is when your muscles twitch and your brain shows lots of electrical activity. Non-REM sleep refers to the other categories of deep, slow wave sleep that allow your body and brain to switch off and relax. During the night, you see-saw between these two sleep states, and getting the best quality of refreshing and rejuvenating sleep requires a good balance of the two.
As morning approaches, your natural rhythms start to shift towards more prolonged periods of REM sleep.
“Keep hitting snooze and you’ll miss out on this biologically-important type of rest, which can lead to daytime drowsiness, irritability, and even poor concentration.”
So, how can you quit the sleep-snooze cycle? We’ve got three top tips for saying goodbye to your snooze button – for good.
1. Set a new bedtime
If you’re not getting enough sleep, there’s a simple answer; go to bed earlier. Work out how much sleep you need and how much you’re getting. If you’re only allowing enough time for seven hours shut eye and you need seven and a half, you’re always going to feel sleep deprived. Find your ideal bedtime then work towards it gradually, going to bed 15 minutes earlier until you’ve retrained your body to your new sleep goal.
2. Switch off gadgets
It’s all well and good getting in bed at the right time, but what time do you fall asleep? Any light at night will make it harder to drift off. But the blue light in your electronic gadgets is particularly bad for you. It stimulates your brain, which shifts your sleeping patterns – including slow wave and dream sleep. When these sleep states occur slightly later, your alarm clock will interrupt your most important slumber, hence the temptation to hit snooze.
Quick fix? Switch off gadgets at least an hour before you go to bed. And if you sleep next to your mobile, place it face down on the bedside table to eliminate any light if you get an alert during the night.
3. Sync your sleep cycle
Sleep patterns occur in 90-minute cycles as you move from deep REM sleep to nearly awake and back again. Time your alarm to correspond to these cycles and you can wake up at the time when your body is moving into a waking state. Plan to sleep for six, seven and a half, or nine hours – whichever fits into your schedule. You’ll wake up feeling more refreshed and alert, with a clear head and greater powers of concentration for the rest of the day.
And don’t forget, Benenox can support your body during the night so you enjoy the very best quality of sleep possible. Make sure you take 15ml before bedtime.
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