You Snooze You Lose

A faint glimmer of light is coming through the window. The bed is soft and warm. You snuggle into your blankets, wrapping them around you while tucking your pillow under your neck until it feels just right. You just begin to get back to sleep, when BAM! The alarm jolts you to consciousness, like you just got punched in the face by time and reality. What do you do now? Do you hit the snooze and go back to sleep or do you get up right away?
Most of us would rather choose to go to sleep when we feel tired and wake up when our body wants to. Unfortunately, life demands that we anticipate an obnoxious sound at an ungodly hour of the morning to wake us out of a restful sleep.

But whether you choose to lie in bed after the alarm goes off, or just drag out the waking process by hitting the snooze button multiple times, you’re not doing yourself any favors. In fact, those delicious moments you spend snoozing may actually be doing you more harm than good. How? Here are three ways:

  1. Most sleep experts agree that within the nine minutes you begin to snooze, your body doesn’t have time to pull you into a deep sleep. Instead the alarm will be interrupting a REM cycle, leaving you feeling groggy and in a fog. This is an actual condition called “sleep inertia.” This kind of grogginess can last anywhere from two to four hours. In fact, those extra nine minutes of sleep will leave you more tired than if you had just gotten out of bed when the alarm went off.
    I love this quote from the book The Miracle Morning, by Hal Elrod: “If you think about it, hitting the snooze button doesn’t even make sense. It’s like saying ‘I hate getting up in the morning. So I do it over, and over, and over again.’”
  2. The longer you sleep in the morning, the harder it will be to fall asleep later that night. So train your brain to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. It will be easier for your body to get into a natural rhythm of sleep and wake times.
  3. Hitting the snooze makes it harder to work toward your goals because it puts you behind for the day. Instead of getting up and giving yourself time to get everything done in the morning, you now have to run around like a crazy person because you’re late. Who wants to start the day stressed out?

I have also been guilty of hitting the snooze button from time to time. But if you are a snooze button addict and would like to call it quits, I recommend reading The Five Second Rule, by Mel Robbins. This book really helped me kick the snooze-hitting habit.
I also use a sleepy time calculator to make sure I wake up at the end of a sleep cycle instead of in the middle of one. This leaves me feeling more refreshed and ready to face the day instead of waking up feeling groggy and cranky. Click here if you would like to try it. 


It’s been said that “No one ever changed the world waking up at noon.” So when morning begins to dawn again, don’t drag out the waking process. Choose to Nest Pretty and drag your body out of bed. Instead of hugging your pillow an extra few minutes, savor your morning cup of coffee and think about how you can use the extra time productively toward accomplishing your goals.
Waking up when your alarm goes off may not be easy at first. Glen Cook once said, “Morning is wonderful. Its only drawback is that it comes at such an inconvenient time.” But any time spent toward working toward your goals is time well-spent.

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