If there’s one relationship that’s toxic, it’s you and that damn snooze button. There’s nothing worst than great sleep, sometimes coupled with a sensual dream, and then out of nowhere… beep beep beep beep!
Question is, do you know what happens to your brain when you keep hitting the snooze button every morning? You experience several stages of sleep throughout the night. Towards morning, the percentage of rapid eye movement or REM sleep increases. That’s when you dream and enjoy more restorative effects. That’s also when you’re likely to hit the snooze button and interrupt the cycle. As a result, you tend to feel groggy and that sleep inertia can continue for hours.
Say goodbye to your snooze button and say hello to pleasant dreams. Try these tips for waking up more naturally.
How to Quit the Snooze Button Habit:
1. Make a commitment. Are you short-changing yourself on sleep so you can work late hours or watch your favorite show? Remember that chronic fatigue can contribute to weight gain, heart conditions, and other health issues. Commit to at least 7 hours of sleep per night.
2. Keep your distance. Put the snooze button out of reach. Move your alarm clock or phone off your nightstand and place them across the room.
3. Manage your time. Do you set your alarm early so you can press snooze several times? Calculate how much time you really need in the morning and eliminate that space.
4. Set Goals. This sense of direction is what allows your mind to focus on a target rather than waste energy hitting the snooze button. This mindset will allow you to focus out the gate and reach your goal.
5. Seek support. Tell your spouse, family, or friends about your struggles in the morning and ask them to help you out. A spouse is great because he will kick your ass out of the bed.
6. Try an app. Sleep apps tend to be inaccurate because individual sleep patterns vary so widely. However, they can help you to be more aware of your behavior, especially while you’re trying to change your habits.
7. Deal with relapses. A long-standing snooze habit can take time to break. Be patient and grateful for gradual progress.
8. Talk with your doctor. What if you’re sleeping 7 to 8 hours a night and still having trouble waking up naturally? See your doctor to discuss whether you might have a sleep disorder.
Additional Tips for Restful Sleep:
1. Be consistent. Giving your mind and body sufficient rest is the most effective way to break the snooze button habit. Go to bed and rise at the same time each day as much as possible, even on weekends and holidays.
2. Block out noise. If the neighbor’s stereo is keeping you up, buy a fan or white noise machine. Some of us call the cops (lol). You can also look for comfortable earplugs if you need more help.
3. Adjust the lights. Exposure to morning light changes your hormone levels. You’ll find it easier to wake up in the morning and fall asleep at night.
4. Turn off electronics. Bright lights and exciting movies stimulate your brain. Turn off the TV and other devices at least one to two hours before bed.
The next time you’re tempted to hit the snooze button, ask yourself if increasing your chances of a long and active life is more important than 13 minutes of fragmented sleep.
A consistent sleep schedule and other simple habits can help you wake up feeling fresh and enjoy each day more.