While you may think that those extra ten-minute bursts of partial sleep are beneficial, they actually do more harm than good for your brain and body.
Here’s how your snooze routine breaks down, internally speaking:
When you’re startled awake by your alarm, your body lurches into the fight or flight response and your sympathetic nervous system engages full throttle, releasing hormones and chemicals to get you up and alert.
When that initial spike in body function happens, your body assumes you’re about to get up and begin your day.
But then you hit the snooze button — and your body attempts to settle back down through a roller coaster of balancing acts.
Then, your alarm chimes again, re-engaging your sympathetic nervous system and repeating the cycle until you eventually get up.
This confusion in wakefulness takes a toll on your body, and you expend energy as your nervous system tries to make sense of your actions.
Experts say that these cycles of ups and downs can have dangerous effects on your physiological wellbeing.
Due to the release of cortisol every time your nervous system re-engages, prolonged use of the snooze button over a significant period of time can lead to inflammation, chronic diseases and several other health problems (2).
Want to skip the snooze, but aren’t sure how?
We’ve compiled the best tips and tricks to help you get up as soon as your alarm goes off, so you can start your day full of energy.