If you’re like me and love to sleep, you might wonder “is hitting snooze bad for you”? I searched around and found that it’s not terrible but it’s definitely robbing you of restful sleep and valuable time. Here are some facts and figures to consider:
If you hit snooze on your alarm just once each morning 5x per week, you’re “snoozing” 260 times per year. That’s over 40 hours per year spent on a habit that isn’t really benefiting you. During those last 10 minutes of extra sleep, you are in the lightest phase of our sleep cycle versus the deeper phases of sleep during which actual rest occurs. In short, you aren’t getting restful sleep.
One study found that more than a third of American adults hit the snooze button at least 3 times each morning (:o) If you’re among these snoozers that’s 130 hours of lost time! If you reclaimed that time, you could add activity to your schedule later in the day — to the tune of five 30-minute workout sessions per week. Or one 2.5 hour chunk of time each week to meal plan and prep. I realize that getting out of bed when you’re supposed to isn’t going to magically free up an hour later in your day. But it will definitely get you headed in the right direction.
If you’re a total morning person and want to immediately fit in a mini workout in the morning, more power to you! There are several apps for short workouts, including a popular one that gets you moving for only seven minutes. Another useful way to fill short amounts of time is meal planning. Check out Fit & Fresh Daily’s Pinterest Board for healthy meal ideas.
In summary, that wonderful snooze button isn’t as bad as you as some things (alcohol, caffeine, etc.) but it may be robbing you of restful sleep and eating up precious time. This lost time could be dedicated to other things such as: stretching, workout, meditation, meal planning, etc. Try to set your alarm for the time that you actually need to get moving and don’t hit snooze! It may take a little while to get used to but it will be worth it. Setting your alarm clock on the other side of the room will help as you transition.
Once you’ve got this covered, let me know how not “snoozing” for an extra half hour each day has helped you. Or, if you’ve found other ways to make this shift, comment below to let me know!