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Five more minutes: why can't you snooze your alarm?
According to statistics, the alarm clock is one of the most annoying sounds, regardless of the set melody. The brain perceives forced awakening as stress and, of course, resists it in every possible way.
The temptation to soak up a warm comfortable bed is so great that the function to snooze the alarm is very much in demand among smartphone users. And some even specifically set an alarm clock for an earlier time so that they can take a few extra minutes to sleep in the morning and not be late anywhere.
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Scientists advise to forget about the snooze alarm button ... It turns out that the desire to postpone the moment of awakening even for five minutes can result in unexpected and very unpleasant consequences.
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Associate Professor of the Department of Maxillofacial Surgery University of Texas Stephen Bender. In his opinion, a seemingly harmless habit can negatively affect the functioning of the brain.
The human biological clock (or circadian rhythms) adjusts all physiological processes in the body in accordance with a 24-hour cycle. Most adults need 7.5-8 hours of quality sleep per night to recover. This duration allows you to spend enough time in various phases of sleep. Typically, proper sleep accommodates 4-6 cycles of transition through three stages of slow wave sleep (NREM) into rapid sleep (REM). The first part of the night is mostly NREM, while the second half is dominated by REM sleep.
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Why doesn't a person get enough sleep?
Maintaining this clear structure helps to achieve good, restful sleep and not feel tired after waking up in the morning. Disruption of sleep cycles can be caused by various factors: difficulty breathing (snoring or apnea), alcohol and tobacco use, using electronic devices shortly before falling asleep, eating late.
Thus, feeling tired in the morning and unwilling to get up the alarm clock often indicates not a lack of time for sleep, but the presence of violations of biological cycles.
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How does delaying awakening affect the body?
Studying the issue of easy awakening, Stephen Bender came to the conclusion that the desire to postpone the alarm for 5-10 minutes most often has one of two reasons. The first is a habit from adolescence, which arose as a result of changes in circadian rhythms, that is, a restructuring of the biological clock.... The second is a symptom of deeper problems, including poor lifestyle choices and even some chronic diseases. Therefore, if you spent 7-8 hours in bed, but in the morning you feel overwhelmed and tired, this should be a wake-up call and a reason to contact a specialist.
As for the direct effect of sleeping after an alarm clock on the state and health of a person, such a nap does not have a positive effect. For such a short sleep, the body simply does not have time to activate the recovery processes, so it will not be possible to get enough sleep or recharge after the alarm clock.
Moreover, regularly postponing the moment of waking up for a few minutes, you can even harm your health ... According to some hypotheses, short stretches of nap after the end of a night's sleep delude the brain by activating the production of melatonin, the sleep hormone. As a result, instead of cheerfulness, a person feels even more tired and sleepy during the day.
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Therefore, scientists are sure, it is best to give yourself enough time to sleep in advance and get up right after the alarm goes off. No matter how much you want to press the delay button for 5 minutes.