You snooze, you lose? It’s not that easy when it comes to sleep

  • Hitting the snooze button on your alarm gets a bad reputation - but it can be good, depending on how you use it
  • Take the time between alarms to slowly wake up and get started for your day
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If you find yourself hitting the snooze button every day, you might want to rethink what time you go to bed.

There’s two types of people in the world: Those who just wake up feeling instantly refreshed, and those hit the snooze button in the mornings and dread getting out of bed.

Snoozing in gets a bad reputation - ever heard of “you snooze, you lose”? - and there’s a general myth that hitting the snooze button is unhealthy. But it actually depends on how you use it.

“It’s very individualised,” says professor Kneginja Richter, who specialises in sleep at a clinic in southern Germany. “If you just it once or twice and then can smoothly start your day, it’s definitely not a problem,” says Richter. “Actually, it can even be good in that you wake up not feeling stressed.”

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The best use of that precious, precious time between the next alarm bell is to slowly wake up and start thinking about what the day will bring, for example, according to the expert.

The snooze button becomes more of a problem when someone is so tired that they fall right back asleep. “Anyone who hits snooze over and over, and thus keeps yanking themselves in and out of slumber, is doing themselves no favours,” explains Richter.

Such incidents beg for a little self-reflection: What do you keep doing this? “If someone wakes up rested on their own in the morning anyway, they won’t consider snoozing so long,” she says. To make sure you’re getting enough sleep, you should first figure out what kind of sleeper you are - and to structure your daily life around that schedule.

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About 70-80 per cent of people sleep between between 11:30 pm and 7 am. The other 20-30 per cent are part of the night owls club - people who prefer to stay awake late into the night and then sleep in during the day.

Younger people and men tend towards being night owls while older people and women are more likely the opposite - morning larks.

One way to wean yourself off your snooze button is to not place your alarm clock or cellphone right next to your bed. Then, in order to switch off the alarm, you’ll have to get out of bed.

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