Now science is saying that our snooze buttons are trying to kill us because, scientifically speaking, if something feels good it must be bad.
Researchers at the <a title="Wall Street Journal" href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304185104579439092091372948" target="_blank">University of Pennsylvania</a> have asked the snooze button to take its place in a long line of awesome things we are no longer allowed to have “for our own good,” right behind cake, Friday happy hours and riding in fast cars with the top down.
<strong>How Your Snooze Button Is Killing You</strong>
In a nutshell, our snooze buttons are a too-convenient way to interrupt our own sleep patterns, which can cause weight gain, diabetes and heart disease in any context. So, in this way, snooze buttons are killing us in <a title="Office Chairs vs. Balance Balls" href="http://www.atgstores.com/ourblog/office-chairs-sitting-vs-standing-vs-the-ball/" target="_blank">the same way that our office chairs are</a> – which is to say not at all.
The true culprit, of course, is lack of sleep or the interruption of sleep. Poor sleeping habits lead to weight gain, diabetes and heart failure, and snooze buttons are not the disease; they are just a symptom of the disease.
But – buuuuut – if the scientists are right that means the snooze button is a symptom over which we have absolute and conscious control. We choose to use them, which means we can choose <em>not</em> to use them. But, how do we do that?
<strong>Snooze Button Alternatives</strong>
The allure of the snooze button is no mystery: It’s nice to wake up to the fact that you can go back to sleep! This, however is simply a habit borne of the need for more sleep. Conclusion: Get more – and more restful – sleep.
<em> Option 1: Go to bed earlier.</em>
Of course, this is far easier said than done. Lack of sleep is an epidemic in this country, but it could very well be the case for you that it’s not a matter of lack of time but a lack of time management. Make sleep a priority and you may find yourself with more time to do it.
<em> Option 2: Set your alarm to go off later.</em>
The truth is – and scientists in this latest study concur – that it may feel good to go back to sleep after the bell, but it really is leaving you less rested throughout the day. Trading 20 minutes of extra REM sleep for a murky half-awake snooze is hands down <a title="Gizmodo" href="http://gizmodo.com/5949809/why-the-snooze-button-is-ruining-your-sleep" target="_blank">not a good trade</a>.
<em> Option 3: Try light exercise before bed.</em>
Heavy exercise before bed may interrupt your sleep cycle and is not recommended, but some <a title="New York Times" href="http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/09/ask-well-exercising-before-bedtime/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0" target="_blank">light cardio and stretching</a> can help you loosen up for a more sound slumber. <em> </em>
<em> Option 4: Optimize your sleep sanctuary.</em>
This could involve any number of things, from simply rotating your <a title="Mattresses" href="http://www.atgstores.com/mattresses-mattress-sets_1028.html" target="_blank">mattress</a> and laundering your <a title="Sheets" href="http://www.atgstores.com/sheets_12772.html" target="_blank">linens</a> to investing in a new mattress and some blackout <a title="Curtains" href="http://www.atgstores.com/curtains-drapes_1619.html?linkloc=tn" target="_blank">curtains</a> to go along with it. This is especially true if you can specifically identify what is interrupting your sleep.
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