It’s Monday morning and you hear it…the worst noise in the world. It may be a song, a ring, a beep. It really doesn’t matter what it is, it just matters that it’s your alarm and it’s time to get up. We all hate it, and a lot of us take the easy way out, hit snooze (maybe a few times), and deal with the responsibilities of getting up and everything beyond that when we are ready.
And I’m here to tell you that hitting that “snooze” button is the worst thing you can do, especially as the first thing to start your day. Here’s why:
Snoozing is Lazy
This first reason is pretty obvious, but in order to be productive from the start of our days, we need to start them off right. This means getting to bed at a good time, having an idea of what the next day will be like, and attacking that day with purpose.
On the other hand, starting your day off by hitting snooze (however many number of times) starts your day off on a bad note. Think about it: you haven’t even lifted your head off the pillow and you’re already procrastinating! With so many other things that distract you during the day, don’t slack by starting the day late as well.
Snoozing Just Once Can Start a Pattern
Another big problem with hitting snooze is that you end up becoming familiar and comfortable with doing it. You say you’ll do it just this once, and before you know it you’re doing it every day. Don’t get in the habit, and if you already are, get out of it.
Why? Not just because it’s lazy, but because…
Snoozing is Time-Inefficient
This is the main reason why a) I don’t hit snooze and b) I do my best to convince my friends and family not to. I’ve had numerous conversations with people who describe their morning routine as including multiple (sometimes as many as 5+) alarms set so they can snooze multiple times.
Let me break this down in logical terms…you sleep because you want rest, and you snooze because you are still tired and want more rest. In order to prove how inefficient “snoozing” is, let me give you two scenarios:
Jonny has to be up at 7:30 am because he knows he needs 30 minutes to get ready in the morning so he can be out the door by 8:00 am.
Jonny sets his alarm for 7:30 am, goes to bed at midnight, gets up at 7:30 am, gets ready and is out the door on time, ready to tackle the day.
Jimmy also has to be up at 7:30 am because he knows he needs 30 minutes to get ready in the morning so he can be out the door by 8:00 am, but Jimmy is in a bad habit of “snoozing” so he has to set multiple alarms or intervals for his snooze alarm.
Jonny sets his alarm for 7:00 am (with plans to snooze 3 times, once every 10 minutes), goes to bed at midnight, and wakes up at 7 am. He snoozes 3 times, gets up at 7:30 am and is out the door by 8.
The difference here is that you actually lose sleep by snoozing or setting multiple alarms. In the above example, Jonny is getting 7.5 hours of solid sleep, but Jimmy is only getting 7, with an extra 3 segments of interrupted 10 minute “sleep” periods. Sure, you may trick yourself into feeling better in the morning because you can snooze, sleep more, snooze, sleep more, then get up, but you are actually cutting into your proper sleep time.
Some may argue that the time difference ins’t much, but there are plenty of sites and articles out there supporting the fact that we should be getting 7+ hours of sleep every night. And since we’re all busy people, I value every minute of mine. Therefore, I try to maximize it.
To conclude, not only does snoozing cut into your actual sleep time, it sets a bad tone for the start of your day and can turn into a bad habit. For people looking to spend their days as productively as possible, start your day off right. Eat well, get to bed at a good time, and wake up fresh with your alarm (or earlier).
What are your thoughts? Do you or a friend you know do this? Let me know in the comments below!
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