Why "Snoozing" Is The Enemy Of A Good Morning

Let me start with this - I'am not a morning person. I've never been one and I obviously never will be, but to "abolish the snooze function" was the best decision I made for starting my day, for the past years.

For all the "non-snoozers" out there and "morning people" let me tell you, you've missed out on a great experience! Waking up in bed and just continue a disruptive half-sleep cycle is brilliant - you can enjoy the warmth of your bed way longer in a semi-conscious state and get the feeling of having more sleep before waking up. Since this strechtes from 20 - 90 minutes, depends on each individual case, the experience can also be quite exhausting. Albeit every "snoozer" will tell you it's great and it is, but depending on your lifestyle, changing your sleeping habits might be just the thing and it may improve your sleep and performance especially in the morning. 

Nevertheless, I stopped snoozing and realied it is not the end of the world and my mornings became gradually better. Today I'm also able to sleep without an alarm since I wake up as wished on my own, although with a failsafe in order.

Some of the negative effects of snoozing I observed:

  • Your alarm goes off way earlier than any normal person would think (examle: Need to get up at 7 - your alarm goes off at 5:30 because you need to snooze - you lose 90 minutes of quality sleep!) I'd guess you would wake up naturally at 6:30 with some training, being fresh and wide awake instead of groggy and moody.
  • You might upset your partner who may have a different agenda and needs more (real) sleep than you and might also not enjoy beeping every other 2 minutes.
  • It can become a bad habit that might translate into other routines in your life. Like: Being late all the time, missing deadlines, forget stuff etc. pp.
  • Waking up to late, sleeping in. Depending on the level of intensity of your sleep habits, you might just overhear the one iteration of your alarm that is crucial or you forget to set another alarm manually. You wake up an hour later and realize your too late for anything now. Although the upset is, that you are now wide awake!

Some of the positive effects of not(!)-snoozing I observed:

  • You are more rested and perform better in the morning hour, because you rest more.
  • You find out that you have time for breakfast and maybe some quality time with your family, partner, friends.
  • You will train yourself to be on time, any time.
  • You won't have to use your commute (passive) for sleeping but can already be productive and by the time ou arrive have already done your mails and are on top of your game.
  • Since you don't snooze daily anymore, you might wake up earlier on the weekend wihtout an alarm and enjoy more free time. Which is a plus in my opinion.
To sum up: I dare you to try a week without the snooze button.

I'd think that most people who are a "morning person" might list even more pros, but for the time I'll leave you with those points above. Also, I'd figure that a "non-morning" person would not try out the dare, because, well you can figure it out.

Getting up on time with just one on time alarm, transformed my morning into something usefull for me. I cherish the time that I ow might use instead of just lying in bed thinking about how badly I don't want to get up. 

As always, I'm interested in other people's opinion and experiences. Have you tried to get rid off the snooze button before? How did it work out?

Feel free to comment in the section below.

Thanks for reading.
Sebastian