Marquette, Mi – I’m going on the record and saying that I have a sleep… or should I say a Snooze problem. For as long as I can remember, I’ve set my alarm extra early, allowing myself to hit snooze a few times. I just found this article that talks about how bad “Snoozing” can be for getting enough sleep.
I’ve tried a multitude of things to stop from snoozing. I’ve put my phone on the other side of the room, had to do a math problem to get it to turn off, tried horrible, annoying alarm sounds, tried nice peaceful sounds… Nothing has shaken my will to Snooze. This week I tried something new that I thought of from the article and didn’t set an alarm. Weird! Now to do this I had to clear my morning schedule all week. If you can’t clear your morning commitments, it’s okay – take my word for it – Having no alarm is great.
I’m pretty well programmed to get up at a certain time: 5:55am. Many of us are… think about the weekend morning where you wake up and are rip-rearing and ready to go at 6:30am even though you don’t have to be up for anything. While this is frustrating on the weekends it worked out pretty well for me this week. Without an alarm I’ve felt more rested and haven’t had the need to drink as much coffee. Plus, I got more sleep.
The Truth (and a little math)…. On average I hit snooze 3-4 times each morning, but have snoozed up to 10 times… Yikes! Each snooze is 5 minutes on my alarm droid app. This week, even without the alarm going off, I woke up around the same time I would normally get up, but got at least 20 minutes of extra sleep each day by not having a snooze fest.
That stacks up as the week progresses, I’ve already gotten more than 1 extra hour of sleep this week! No wonder I feel more rested, and haven’t been as groggy in the mornings.
I’m not suggesting that we all get to throw away our alarm clocks, they are essential and I’m pretty sure they’re here to stay.
What I am suggesting is that we use them more responsibly by setting the alarm for the actual time we need to get up…
Pay Attention Fellow Snoozers –> Just bite the bullet and get up. (Ugh, now I need that other cup of coffee.)