The goal is always to be up and at ‘em by 6ish a.m. The reason I attached an ish to that statement is something I blame fully on the most used feature on my alarm clock: the ability to hit snooze.
It’s there to give me a buffer, right? So that I can gently coax myself out of my bed and blissfully hover between the end of a REM cycle and full-on-alertness for just a few more minutes (nine to be exact)?
Actually, none of that is true. In fact, according to new research conducted by Eve Sleep, a UK-based mattress brand, the snooze button is actually a terrible, terrible thing—and something they’re urging Apple to remove entirely from our phones.
Here’s what their team of researchers—a neuroscientist and psychologist included—found out. For one thing, as it turns out, women are much more likely to hit snooze than men. What’s more, the reason people aged 35-44 are hitting snooze so much is because of stress. (That’s a pretty eye-opening stat, IMO.) The worst part? Snoozing makes you more stressed.
I can relate to that— hearing my alarm ring once is an already-stressful event: no matter when I set it for, it seems to shock me out of sleep in the worst way… that I don’t have a full coronary event each morning is a pleasant surprise. When I do hit snooze, I’m making a devil’s bargain: a few more minutes of sleep, in exchange for yet anoter rude awakening.
I asked you guys on Twitter… here’s what you said:
Real talk: Could you live without the ability to hit snooze, or is a part of your sleep routine?— Carley Knobloch (@CarleyKnobloch) April 16, 2019
Matt Janes, a neuroscientist and one of the study’s lead authors, gets me: “Modern lifestyles have created unprecedented levels of stress. Our brain and body cannot cope with the assault and they’re breaking.” The research explains his point: Since none of us are getting the recommended eight hours of shuteye a night, our alarm goes off and we immediately want to catch a few more Zzzs. We hit snooze once, twice—sometimes even three times—and in doing so wreak havoc on our body’s physiology due to the irregularity of this interrupted sleep pattern. Per the research, stop-starting your sleep cycle in short intervals causes grogginess, reduced attention spans and impaired performance… something I definitely notice on my high-snooze days.
So, what’s the alternative to hitting snooze? Well, it’s a solution a lot of us don’t want to hear: Go to bed at a time when you can guarantee you’ll get a solid eight hours of shuteye. The long-term goal? To be rested enough that you wake up without an alarm. (Can you imagine?)
Back to that Apple request: Eve wants the tech giant to remove the snooze option as soon as their next software update—for the good of an entire nation’s health.
Publicity stunt? Likely? Good idea? Possibly.
What do you think? Could you live without a button that critical? Or is too essential to your day-to-day? I want to know what you think!