As college students, we try to sleep as much as we can wherever we can (although life would probably be better if we didn’t fall asleep at 2 a.m. and know we have an 8 a.m. in the next morning). When we wake up it never seems to be enough sleep, which means we hit snooze, and we take naps that range from 2 minutes to a few hours.
Hitting the snooze button has its downfalls to your sleep cycle, it can mess up how your body registers the cycle and how much sleep your body actually needs. Every time you hit snooze your brain gets confused and surprised. According to Huffington Post: “When you let yourself go back to sleep, your body thinks, ‘False alarm! I guess I didn’t need to do anything, because we’re not getting up after all,’ and settles in.” This is what causes the groggy feeling in the morning. You are also throwing off your body’s internal clock by falling asleep and waking up at different times every day
Sophomore, Kennedy Horn said “Last semester I had a very lax schedule and I took a lot of naps and did not sleep well during the day, however, this semester I have a full course and work load and don’t nap. I go to bed at a decent time and notice I have much more energy.”
On the other hand, there are benefits to hitting the snooze button. According to Business Insider: “The extra 10 minutes you get by snoozing can actually help to gently awaken the mind, rather than jolt it back to wakefulness.” However, the trick to this is setting your alarm 10 minutes before you actually need to get out of bed.
“The extra 10 minutes you get by snoozing can actually help to gently awaken the mind, rather than jolt it back to wakefulness.” – Business Insider