There is no perfect answer to this question, and sleep scientists have varying opinions on the use of snooze alarms. But what is known is that if you use a snooze alarm hoping to get more sleep, you’re not doing yourself a favor. Most sleep researchers say snoozing won’t make you more rested, and in fact, it can make it more difficult for you to wake up.
According to the National Institute of Health, adults need between 7-8 hours of sleep a night and kids and young adults need between 9-12 hours. So if you feel so tired in the morning that you have to use a snooze alarm to get you out of bed, then it’s quite possible you’re not getting enough sleep to begin with.
Go To Bed Earlier
Are you getting 9-12 hours of sleep? If you’re not, work to get more sleep each night. It might be difficult to go to bed earlier, but do yourself a favor and start with hitting your bed just half an hour earlier each night to get you started, and you may find that you are not as dependent on your snooze alarm. Adjust as needed until you are getting 9-12 hours of sleep each night.
Gentle Hello To The Morning
However, if you use a snooze alarm as a gentle hello to the morning, then you might be on track. David Dinges, chief of the Division of Sleep and Chronobiology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, told The Wall Street Journal that “The extra 10 minutes you get by snoozing can help to gently awaken the mind, rather than jolt it back to wakefulness.”
Good Sleeping Environment
You may find less need for a snooze alarm as you develop an earlier bedtime routine. But if you are having trouble getting to sleep try creating a good sleep environment. Start by keeping your room dark, cool, and quiet, and turn off electronics at least half an hour before you got to bed.
Get Good Sleep And Then Wake Up
Have you tried going to bed earlier, but you still can’t get up in the morning? First, check with your doctor about any underlying health issues, and then think about what things will motivate you to get up.
Try turning on your light to get you going. Put your alarm across the room so you have to get up to turn it off. Have the alarm be your favorite song so you want to get up and start your day. If you aren’t crazy about getting up or you have an early practice, there are a lot of little things that you can do to help you get up and skip the snooze button.
“If you snooze you lose,” isn’t always the case, just make sure that you’re using the extra time in the morning to wake up, not go back to sleep. 10 minutes to wake up gently is not a bad thing, but missing out on 10 minutes of good sleep is. And whatever you do, get 9-12 hours of sleep. You deserve it.