The dreaded alarm clock. Most of us set our alarms about 20-30 minutes earlier than we need to do every morning and then hit that snooze button two or three times, depending on how tired we really are, to get a few extra minutes of sleep. Well, not only is there the obvious consequence of being late for work, school, or the important event you had to set an alarm for, but new research shows it actually is making us more tired!
AsapSCIENCE, which was founded and creates by two biologists, Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown, takes a unique approach to presenting biological concepts. They have found that the snooze button may not be the answer we are all looking for.
AsapSCIENCE is a group that releases videos on its YouTube page to show in simple, yet informative, explanations about topics that people really want to know about. The topics that AsapSCIENCE covers are relatable to the public which is why it is able to hold the attention of its fans. Currently, they have 61,000 + likes on Facebook and 589,000 + subscriptions on You Tube showing how their passion for science and dedication to bringing it to the modern day person works if you put it into a concept that relates to everyone.
Their latest video is one about the snooze button:
“This actually is a real thing and might be the most important thing you learn today on The Cycle,” host Ari Melber said. “Depending on when the alarm goes off you can trigger what’s called fragmented sleep. That’s that feeling of ‘ahh I can’t even get up.’ But, if they set that alarm for just 20 minutes later there is a good chance they would just come out not in the heavy sleep and not in the fragmented sleep which can take a toll for the rest of the day and can affect your memory function.”
For everyone who does hit the snooze button, the effects are real. According to AsapSCIENCE, by having those 5-10 minute increments of sleep, your body doesn’t enter the waking cycle. You then have increased grogginess and tiredness, you enter fragmented sleep, and it causes daytime impairment. So what is there advice to fix the snooze addiction? Adopt a regular sleep schedule and stick to it, even on the weekend. Or as S.E. say we all “just got to get up!”