WORKPLACE / AUG. 04, 2014
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Is Using the Snooze Button Really a Good Idea

Everyone, especially those who work are guilty of hitting the snooze button either all the time or sometimes. But is using the snooze button actually a good idea? According to scientific research it is actually detrimental to your work during the day.

The Snooze Button

Some people may have the idea that setting an alarm earlier than you wake up actually gives them the feeling of extra sleep. If you have been saying they are wrong then you have now been proved correct. Not only are they wrong, but the use of alarm clocks all together is detrimental to productivity at work. The waking up either once or numerous times before your actual get out of bed time makes you feel more tired throughout the working day.

Internal Clock

If your body is left to wake up using the internal clock that develops through routine then hormones such as dopamine and cortisol are released to help wake us up and give us energy. If you have developed a sleep cycle your sleep also becomes lighter during this period. However, if you are woken up by an alarm while still in a deep sleep, when you fall back asleep you essentially ‘re-enter deep sleep’ which makes making back up and going back to snooze, tiring on the body.  This leads to tiredness and low productivity at work.

How to Combat It

The best way to combat this is to adopt regular sleep patterns throughout the week. If you do this then you will eventually be able to do away with the alarm clock completely by allowing your body to wake up naturally by itself. You will then be properly prepared for the day ahead and more productive than those your co-workers, who no doubt rely on alarms and snooze buttons.

The question you must ask yourself though is do you trust yourself enough to wake up in time for work to do away with the alarm clock altogether? Perhaps you can do it as an experiment and see if works. If it makes you more productive then surely it is worth the risk.

 

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