As I woke up on this dreary, rainy day to overlook vast gray skies that signaled the air was not warm nor welcoming, the desire to stay in bed was alive and well. I looked over to my phone, buzzing and bright with the alarm ringing. It gave me two choices. I could click stop, get up, get the coffee going, or…..snooze.
Snooze: AKA the 10 extra of minutes of sleep I just might have needed on a day like today. Snooze is a very convincing button; it gives you the option to have a little more rest, just a little, just 10 minutes, then you’ll get up with that 10 minutes of rest fueling you to conquer the day.
No notion has been more incorrect. Snooze will be the death of you. Snooze is you allowing yourself to settle with procrastination. Snooze is not just a button, but an ideology. What do I mean by that?
Essentially, you setting you alarm is you setting a goal. The minute that alarm goes off the goal is to get up and go about your day, handle your business, get out there and get it done.
The minute you hit that snooze button this goal is unaccomplished. Done. Finito. You can’t go back and re-accomplish this goal, but instead you can only hope to be better tomorrow. The fact is you’re starting off your day with an L that’s tough to come back from. There’s actual scientific evidence on just how detrimental hitting the snooze button can be on your day. Here’s a little information from Amerisleep:
1) If you went to bed at a decent hour the night before, your body’s internal clock is ready to wake up once the alarm goes off. But when you hit snooze and go back to sleep, you send your whole system into a confusing tailspin. Before long, your body isn’t sure when it’s time to wake up and when it’s time to go to sleep.
2) And if your body doesn’t know when it’s time to go to sleep, you could be spending a lot of time tossing and turning. As a result, you end up getting less of the quality sleep you need. And it doesn’t take long. Just one week of poor sleep can mess with hundreds of genes in your body—leading to heightened stress, lowered immunity, and increased inflammation.
3) After a while, those effects start to add up. When you’re stressed, you have a harder time focusing and are more prone to feeling snappy or irritable. When your immune system isn’t working at capacity, you’re more likely to get sick—which could make it even harder to achieve quality sleep. Worst of all? Experiencing chronically high levels of inflammation could increase your risk for serious health problems like heart disease, cancer, stroke, and cognitive decline.
What can we take away from this? Rid the snooze button from your life TODAY. Never hit it again, there is no reason to unless for some reason you woke up like, “Hey, I want to be unproductive today.”
It’s almost like Apple has sabotaged humanity in order to make a more unproductive population. I wonder if Steve Jobs hit the snooze button at all? Probably not –he probably saw it as some leverage against his competition to create it and have all of us fall for it every damn morning.
There’s so much to be said about starting your day off on the right foot. Having a good morning routine is a key attribute to the success countless amounts of entrepreneurs, athletes and innovators. Don’t let the minor satisfaction of hitting a button for 10 minutes of sleep that’s going to F up the rest of your day. Get rid of the snooze button now, eliminate it from your life and take back your mornings.
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