We all have done it even though we know it is a horrible idea….somehow we think if I could just have 12.5 more minutes of sleep our life would be better….we know this is not the truth…we know we will not get good solid rest for those 12.5 minutes….that we will have those crazy Captain Kangaroo and Mr. Green Jeans kind of dreams. The snooze button…we think it is our friend, but in reality, it is one of the biggest deterrents to having a successful morning routine. I promise this isn’t just me saying this. Hitting the snooze button repeatedly inflicts “cardiovascular assault” on the body and abuses your nervous system, a neuroscientist has warned. I don’t know about you, but the words cardiovascular assault makes me feel a bit anxious inside. According to Huffington Post
Why snoozing can be bad for you now: Like we said, the body needs some time to get you ready to wake up. When you let yourself go back to sleep, your body thinks, “False alarm! I guess I didn’t need to do anything because we’re not getting up after all,” and settles in. When that buzzer goes off a second time, Pelayo says that your body and brain are taken by surprise, resulting in that groggy, fuzzy-headed feeling called sleep inertia. The more you snooze, the more confused your body and brain get (“So are we going back to sleep or not?!”), so you’ll probably feel more out of it even though you actually spent extra time in bed. What’s more, this type of sleep inertia can persist for up to two to four hours, research has found.
And I know that when I hit the snooze, I am immediately hit with self-deprecating thoughts. Thoughts like “You are so lazy and worthless, you can’t stick to a routine for even a day. You are a total loser”…and on and on it goes; a vicious and unrelenting assault. And as an added bonus you are throwing off your internal clock. Getting up at a different time every day confuses your brain. Those stolen minutes are just not worth it, so make up your mind once and for all to just say no to the snooze button. I know it’s not easy, but I promise it is so worth it. Try putting the alarm clock across the room, where you have to get up to turn the phone off. If you are a coffee drinker, try setting the timer on your coffee pot a few minutes earlier than your alarm…the smell of coffee brewing helps you wake some people up. One thing I have found that helped me is to have something to look forward to when I get up, to do something I really enjoy doing. For me, this is reading and journaling. I have also found that if I have some sort of physical activity as soon as I get up, it helps keep me up. Nothing crazy or excessive…think 10 jumping jacks or a few toe touches. It’s that initial five minutes that is the hardest for me. How about making a pledge this week with me, a promise to just say no to the snooze button, and see how your mornings go. You can do it, I believe in you! I can do it, I believe in me!! We are worth it!!!