Snoozing or Losing?

For many people there is nothing more disturbing than the sharp sound of an alarm clock going off. They immediately hit the snooze button, in an attempt to gain a few minutes of extra sleep. However, by doing so, their overall performance throughout the day is likely to be affected.

If you are one of those people who hit the snooze button multiple times, this may be a sign of inadequate sleep which makes functioning throughout the day even more difficult (CNN.com). This chronic sleep deprivation is known as “social jet lag” in which you sleep longer on weekends than weekdays due to pressure from situations in your personal life.

Over time hitting the snooze button can negatively impact with your genes, leading to reduced concentration, elevated stress, increased inflammation, lowered immunity and other serious illnesses such as cancer (AmeriSleep).

According to Robert S. Rosenberg, medical director of the Sleep Disorders Centers of Prescott Valley and Flagstaff, Arizona by hitting the snooze button more than once, you are fragmenting the sleep you are receiving and placing yourself in a new sleeping cycle that you are not going to be able to finish leading to persistent grogginess. Rosenberg also explains that because the snooze button affects the function of your brain hormones the circadian cycle or the “body clock” is affected as well. As a result, your capacity to feel awake throughout the day and sleep at night is weakened.

Dr. Yizhak Kupfer, Assistant Director of Critical Care and Pulmonary Medicine, claims that loss of sleep increases the risks of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Dr.Kupfer also warns people that attempting to recover your sleep on the weekends will not help give your body stability.

While hitting the snooze button is not the key to better sleeping habits, a consistent sleeping schedule can help improve your sleep.