this might help you wake up feeling more refreshed

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Chances are you’re a snoozer. And chances are, if you’re a snoozer, you feel worse after awaking the second or third time. The boffins at ASAP Science have a sweet explanation as to why:

the salient points from the clip are these:
  • We have a 5-stage sleep cycle that is repeated up to 5 times each night, each cycle lasting around 1.5 hrs or so.
  • Our bodies have many smart chemical mechanisms to put us to sleep as well as to wake us up. Our bodies begin preparing in the hour before we naturally wake up – our sleep gets lighter and particular hormones are released to give us energy to start the day.
  • Alarms can cut these processes short, so that we wake up tired and groggy. Worse, alarms can wake us up during the wrong sleep stage (during deep sleep), before our bodies have even gotten close to the wake prep stage.
  • Every time we hit the snooze button and fall back asleep, we can enter a deeper sleep stage. The alarm goes off again but this time you’re body is even further from the prep cycle. Which is why you feel more tired.

how to wake up more refreshed:
  • Don’t use the snooze button. Just don’t. Place you alarm on the other side of the room if you have to.
  • If you’re waking up groggy or tired every morning, it may be that your alarm is set at a time when your body is naturally in a deep sleep. Experiment with setting it a little earlier or later.
  • Get into a routine. Go to sleep at around the same time every night and wake up at around the same time every morning. Routine helps improve quality of sleep

I quit snoozing a few weeks ago and have set myself a morning routine, getting up between 5:30-6:00am every morning and I tell you it's gold! Of course, I wanted to murder somebody when I first started, but my body is well and truly used to it now. The benefit of an early morning rise? There's a certain stillness to the early morning that is unattainable for the rest of the day.


  1. Thanks! I've also shared this with my husband, the king of the snooze.



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