Stop Hitting Snooze & How I Found My Optimal Sleep Duration

Most people probably have understand that hitting the snooze button and wasting their day away is not a very productive practice. What most people do not know, however, is just how bad snoozing actually is.

For those that have not yet discovered Lifehacker, I highly recommend taking a look. Lifehacker, as the name implies, is a series of blogs that aim to help you “hack your life” through tips and tricks with your everyday motions.

Lifehacker recently posted an article why you should stop hitting the snooze button with a link to a great summary video on the dangers of snoozing. To briefly summarize: snoozing is bad!

Perhaps you have already determined this yourself, or perhaps you are about to discover something that will dramatically change your life. I, for one, can admit to the fact that I used to snooze A LOT. What I didn’t realize was how much it was affecting me each day. As it turns out, snoozing can dramatically impact your brain in a very real and chemical way that can reverberate throughout your entire day.

When snoozing multiple times, I used to feel very groggy throughout the day and never felt that my mind was truly “on”. Interestingly, on the days that I “lost sleep” because I had to get up early for something I always felt amazing. It turns out 2 things were happening:

1. I discovered that snoozing was taking a toll on me mentally. On the days that I snoozed several times I was much more tired than the days when I was forced to get up immediately.

2. I was sleeping too much.

I had always heard that the magical number for sleep was 8 hours, so I tried to get 8 hours of sleep each night. The problem was that I was still feeling really tired most days — yet on the days that I lost sleep I felt more awake. At the time I attributed this to being “over-tired”. I figured that I felt great because I was simply over-tired, however as I later discovered, I only need 6-7 hours of sleep!

I’m sure many of you reading this post have found their optimal sleep duration, but if you feel groggy or “out-of-it” fairly frequently, it may be time to try reducing your sleep (or increasing it if you sleep less than 6 hours). Many people would be surprised to find out that they only need 6 or 7 hours to function at their maximum potential.

Take it from me, someone that took forever to come to this conclusion — stop snoozing and experiment with 6 or 7 hours of sleep and see if it has the same profound effect on your as it did me.