6 Tips to put the Snooze button to rest!
By: Coach Alexis Cumetti
It’s probably the most hated button in the universe: Snooze!
But, despite its notoriety, the snooze button creates a vicious cycle.
The more you pick up the habit of pressing the snooze button, the more you risk confusing both your brain, and internal clock. You want your brain to be conditioned to your alarm: When it rings, its time to get up! If you keep pressing snooze, you prevent the development of this response, which goes against the original objective of waking up! Plus, the sleep you do get is “Fragmented”, so it loses a lot of its benefits. The best solution is setting your alarm at the latest time you can, and then when it rings, wake up! Here’s 6 tips for putting your snooze button into the ground.
Keep the Curtains Open
Waking up with natural light is far easier than waking up in darkness. In fact, if you condition your body to wake up with the light, you can be more alert and physically productive for the rest of the day.
Put your alarm out of grabbing range
You’ve heard this tip many times, but it’s worth trying or maintaining. The act of physically leaving your bed to push a button is better preparation for success than having your alarm clock or smartphone close at hand. The goal is to avoid coming back to bed after having hit the snooze button!
Have a Reason
You’ve probably noticed its easier to wake up at 4AM when you need to catch a flight or get to an important test. It’s almost as if a part of you is awake and ready for action the moment your alarm goes off. Having a compelling reason to get out of bed can help you avoid the temptation of hitting snooze. If you dont always have to get to the airport before the sun comes up, try and create a valuable reason to get out of bed!
Drinking a glass of water the moment you wake up should replace all the essential liquids you’ve lost while sleeping. This also serves to wake you up. The moment you direct yourself towards the kitched and fill your glass with water, you’ll probably start feeling more like a human being and less like a zombie.
Follow a Sleep/Wake Routine
When deprived of sleep, the snooze button is even more tempting than normal. Make sure you sleep 7 to 8 hours per night and try to fall asleep and wake up around the same time every day. If you have quality sleep on a regular basis, you’ll naturally feel less sleepy when waking up.
Lorsque vous êtes privé de sommeil, le bouton snooze est encore plus tentant que d’habitude. Assurez-vous de dormir 7 à 8 heures chaque nuit et essayez de vous endormir et de vous réveiller à peu près aux mêmes heures chaque jour. Si vous avez un sommeil de qualité quotidiennement, vous vous sentirez naturellement moins somnolent au réveil.
Fall Asleep Earlier
You might be making your own life difficult. Some people are night owls. If you are one, dont make the unrealistic expectation of waking up every morning at the crack of dawn. Decide on a realistic waking time (the last possible minute, to make sure you get as much sleep as possible) and progressively adjust your time by 15-minute increments, until you get to the time you wish to wake up. As you become more and more successful, you will feel happier while sleeping, reducing your stress and making things easier in the morning!
Night night, and sweet dreams!