Lancashire Times
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2:00 AM 9th July 2022

Here's Why You Shouldn't Hit The Snooze Button

Image by Katniss12 from Pixabay
Image by Katniss12 from Pixabay
Sleepy Brits are being given tips on how to get up in the morning without being tempted to press the snooze button.

The fitted furniture company have put together tips on some of the things Brits can do to wake up in the mornings.

The biggest thing to avoid is pressing the snooze button as it only confuses your body, making it harder to wake up later.

For those looking for quick solutions to wake up in the mornings, doing things like taking a cold shower and placing the alarm clock further away will work.

But the key to being able to wake up in the mornings long term is to develop a better sleeping schedule overall.

Nic Shacklock at Online- said:
“The majority of us struggle in the mornings to get up but there are a few things we can do to make it a bit easier for ourselves.

“One of the worst things you can do is actually press snooze and nod back off, but we’re all guilty of it. What happens is our bodies think we’re going back into a sleep cycle, we then disrupt this when we do eventually wake up which makes us feel more tired.

“Leaving your curtains open and putting your alarm clock further away are quick fixes to help you get up in the morning.

“If you’re looking for more long term solutions then the key is to get into a better sleeping pattern by doing things like avoiding screens before bed and keeping your wake up times consistent.”

Tips for waking up in the mornings:

Don’t hit snooze
It can be tempting to hit snooze and get an extra ten minutes in bed but according to experts this will only make you more tired when you come to waking up. The reasoning behind this is that your body thinks it’s going back into another sleeping cycle and prepares for another eight hours sleep. You disrupt this second sleeping cycle when you wake up after hitting snooze, making yourself feel more tired.

Let some light in
During the working week why not leave your blinds and curtains unopened a bit. This way the natural morning light will wake you up, making it harder to nod back off.

Put your alarm further away
Whatever you use as your alarm, whether that’s your phone or an actual alarm clock, try putting it further away. This way, when it goes off in the mornings, you’ll have to physically get out of bed to turn it off.

Don’t lie in bed
It can be tempting to lay in bed for a bit on your phone scrolling through social media but this makes it much more tempting to stay in bed. Getting out of bed as soon as your alarm goes off eliminates the temptation to stay in bed.

Take a shower
This trick works either way - try taking a shower late in the evening to promote a better sleep and help you nod off quicker. Or if you find that you can’t shake that groggy feeling in the morning, try hopping in the shower then. Morning showers are known to wake people up in the mornings.

Get into a sleep schedule
The best way to wake up in the mornings is by getting yourself into a routine to get a decent amount of sleep so you feel refreshed in the mornings. Do this by unwinding in the evenings and staying off of any electronics which can keep your brain active and awake.

Keep your wake up time consistent
Another way to make waking up in the mornings easier is to keep your wake up time consistent. Waking up at 6am one day and 8am the next confuses your body. Sticking to one time will allow your body to get into a bit of a rhythm, making it easier to wake up.

Don’t sleep too much
Getting an early night is great, but too much sleep has the opposite effect. Seven to eight hours is the recommended amount of sleep and too much can make you feel tired as well as give you headaches and back pain.