The Snooze Button: Friend or Foe?

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Many of us would consider the snooze button our morning friend. A little birdie that allows us to get a few more minutes of sleep. However, if you find yourself routinely slapping the big S button more often than not in the AM, you may be causing your body's internal clock some serious damage.
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When the snooze alarm is set off, you interrupt your body's current state of slumber. Fragmented sleep results in crankiness, cognitive problems, and an inability to pay attention — any of these symptoms sound familiar? Instead of depending on the snooze button, ask yourself: What is the underlying reason we need those extra minutes of sleep?
The truth: Many of us are simply not getting enough shut-eye to begin with. Curing our Snooze-Button Syndrome for good can be as simple as going to bed 30 minutes earlier. Another common culprit: blue-light emitting devices like our beloved computers and tablets. The production of melatonin is delayed by blue-light emissions, which results in a leftover amount of sleep hormones in your blood stream when you wake up. Translation: Your good-night's sleep is delayed, and that lost sleep is not something the snooze button can replace. (Everyday Health)


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