You Snooze, You Lose

Many people wake up to a morning alarm only to hit the snooze button and keep sleeping. However, snoozing in can negatively impact the rest of your day, and even reduce work performance and productivity. - young woman pressing snooze button on early morning digital alarm clock radio

What happens when you hit the snooze

When you hit the snooze button, you start a new sleep cycle, which you won’t have time to complete, reported Robert S. Rosenberg, medical director of the Sleep Disorders Centers of Prescott Valley and Flagstaff, AZ. Doing this to the body messes with brain hormones, and disrupts the body’s natural circadian rhythm. Essentially, hitting the snooze button makes your body go back into sleep mode, when it really just needs to wake up.

Snoozing in causes disorientation called sleep inertia. This is a state of grogginess that happens when you wake up, and it affects your memory, and ability to make good decisions throughout the day. In addition, poor sleep can disrupt metabolism; losing a few hours of sleep or hitting the snooze an extra time can lead to weight gain. Sleep deprivation of this nature can also lead to increased levels of stress hormones in the body.


How the snooze affects work performance

A third of employees report that daytime sleepiness interferes with their work performance each month. Longer work hours naturally result in lower productivity and difficulty in concentration. Adding sleep deprivation to that, due to late nights and snoozing in, only creates an even bigger problem with work performance.

Those who hit the snooze button and don’t sleep well, exhibit qualities like nodding off during meetings, memory lapses, poor performance, and mood changes. These qualities aren’t necessarily ones that you want your boss to remember about you.


How to avoid snoozing in

When it comes to putting your best foot forward at work, you probably shouldn’t hit the snooze for the fourth time. But how can you get out of bed the first time your alarm goes off? One thing to try is putting the alarm clock in a spot that can’t be reached from the bed; you are forced then, to throw off the covers and search for the alarm clock.

Try getting to bed earlier and at a more consistent hour. This helps the body get more quality sleep that will make it easier to get up in the morning. Also, eliminate blue light from computers or cell phones before bed to help you fall asleep more quickly.


So if you want that raise, make sure to get a good night’s sleep, and don’t hit that snooze button in the morning!

By Learn Accounting Free | 2016-07-25 18:03:04  | Uncategorized  | 0 Comments

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