Thursday, December 12, 2013

Snooze button

Having trouble waking up in the morning? The snooze button probably isn't the answer.
Here's a reason why. According to the New Yorker:

"Approximately a third of the population suffers from extreme social jetlag—an average difference of over two hours between their natural waking time and their socially obligated one. Sixty-nine per cent suffer from a milder form, of at least one hour."
So the majority of us are sleep deprived. And an extra 10 minutes isn't going to help.

Here's more from the article:

One of the consequences of waking up suddenly, and too early, is a phenomenon called sleep inertia. First given a name in 1976, sleep inertia refers to that period between waking and being fully awake when you feel groggy. The more abruptly you are awakened, the more severe the sleep inertia.

In the grip of sleep inertia, we may well do something we know we shouldn’t. Whether or not to hit the snooze button is just about the first decision we make. Little wonder that it’s not always the optimal one.

When we do wake up naturally, as on a relaxed weekend morning, we do so based mainly on two factors: the amount of external light and the setting of our internal alarm clock—our circadian rhythm.

So I guess the moral of the story is that getting out of bed is super tough and no one should have to do anything before 10 am, right?

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