SA few more minutes of precious sleep can be incredibly tempting in the morning, but the snooze button might not be your friend. Those extra minutes of sleep will impede the wake-up process and turn you into a groggy zombie. The wide-awake users at Stack Exchange chime in on the snooze button’s bad vibes.
I’ve read that the “snooze” button really interferes with the wake-up process of the brain. From what I read in The New Yorker, hitting the snooze button can render you a zombie for at least part of the day:
The trouble with the snooze buttons (and with modern sleep): “…what you’re actually doing is making the wake-up process more difficult and drawn out. If you manage to drift off again, you are likely plunging your brain back into the beginning of the sleep cycle, which is the worst point to be woken up—and the harder we feel it is for us to wake up, the worse we think we’ve slept.”
So how bad is our beloved snooze button? Is “snooze” indeed that damaging for daily productivity?
See the original question here.
A More Effective Approach (Answered by Chris)
The science is pretty persuasive and matches with my experience. I feel that I function better and become truly awake more quickly if I resist snoozing. That said, I’ve never set my snooze to longer than 10-15 minutes. If I can afford a 30 minute snooze I’d probably just set my alarm for 30 minutes later!
I’ve also found that a better, less abrupt way of waking up helps. I have a timer that slowly fades in my bedside lamp over the course of 30 minutes (I was skeptical it would work, but it does!), or there is the Philips Wake Up Light and others.
Most importantly: if you find you are needing to snooze often—and you have the time to do so—then you might want to re-examine your sleep duration and schedule. I’ve not had much luck with apps that are intended to monitor sleep cycles for analysis with the intention of waking you up at better times, but it seems logical to me that if I am hitting the snooze button more often than not, then adjusting my sleep schedule is probably going to be a much more effective approach.
Lost Productivity (Answered by MerlinMags)
I recently made a great leap in my own war with the snooze button. I wish it had never been invented, but I have now realized a couple things about myself:
No snooze: If I get out of bed immediately I feel like crap for at least five minutes, but after that things seem bearable.
One or more snoozes: If I get up after a snooze, I will feel exactly as crappy as above, for the same five minutes. So what did I gain? Guilt. What did I lose? Self-respect.
I am sad that this moment of enlightenment came after 25 years of snooze abuse. My productivity was definitely ruined by snoozing, and I lost countless hours for no gain.
Opportunity Cost (Answered by denniswennen)
I don’t notice a major difference if I snooze (heavily) or not. And yes, I have been a heavy user. The fact of snoozing is not a component that determines the quality of my day.
What however does impact my day is the snooze duration. Opportunity cost. I think you have to reconsider why you want to snooze, anyway, because the likely answer is a lack of sleep and/or an unnatural sleeping rhythm. Find a rhythm that doesn’t require you to need the snooze button. Increase the quality of your life.
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