The Snooze Button: friend or foe?


The clocks going forward this time of year is always a welcome sign that sunnier days are just around the corner. But this change comes at the price of an hour of our peaceful morning slumber. Losing this amount of sleep can have a substantial impact on the body, so the temptation to hit the snooze button on Monday morning to gain another ten minutes of sleep might be at new highs. But does this really leave you with an extra energy boost?

According to experts, no. Instead of giving you an extra kick, hitting the snooze button can actually make you more tired. This is because the time between alarms is so limited, that it doesn’t give your body enough time to fall back into a deep sleep. It also leaves your body with a lack of routine, which in turn causes your brain to become confused and interferes with your body clock.

Behavioural scientist Dan Ariely said in the Wall Street Journal: “Since you want to start your day at 7am, you may be tempted to set the alarm a bit early – let’s say 6.40am –and hit snooze a few times until it is 7am or maybe even 7.15am. But if you pick this snooze strategy, your body can’t learn the conditioned response between hearing the alarm and getting up”. He explains that our bodies tend to do better when they are set a single clear rule. In this instance – get up when the alarm sounds. Messing with this rule by using the snooze button gives your body a confused message and can actually do more harm than good.

So, after the clocks change this weekend, avoid reaching for the snooze button! Even with this loss of an hour, after a peaceful night in your Saymor bed you’ll wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead.