*This article has been published in unitybond.com and is republished here after the site has been shut down.
There are times when even after having enough sleep hour, you still feel like you are not ready for the day. You hit the snooze button to give your body what you call as ‘extra minutes’. But do these ‘extra minutes’ can really give your body the extra minutes it needs and kick the sleepiness away?
When we doze off, there are five distinct stages that the body cycles through over roughly ninety-minute periods. The first is so light that if you wake up from it, you might not realize that you have been sleeping. The second is a stage where you will know you have been sleeping when you wake up. This second stage is just before our body falls into a deep sleep and our brains are practically unconscious.
Stages three and four are considered deep sleep. Stage four is the deepest form of sleep and is a stage when you want nothing else but to go back to sleep so badly. The final stage is rapid eye movement (REM) sleep in which most dreams occur and the brain is as active as it is when it is awake.
So what happens when our alarm clock rings out loud and interrupt with our sleep cycle?
When the alarm goes off in the morning, the sleep cycle is usually reaching its final 20% of the cycle in which will cause slight fatigue because your sleep cycle is yet to complete to feel fully recharged. But when you hit the snooze button and try to give your body few extra minutes of sleep, the body starts its whole sleep cycle again and it can probably go back into the deep sleep mode. When the alarm goes off again, the body is interrupted at Stage 3; deep sleep stage – and therefore causes us to be feel even more sleepy and tired.
The following video explains a little bit more of this:
So what is the lesson learned? DO NOT hit your snooze button when you are waking up in the morning. Frankly speaking, I did try this and guess what? Yes it does actually make some difference. Waking up at the first instance gives a little more energy as compared to when I give my body some extra time to make love with the bed.
Give it a try!