Stop hitting the snooze button! Here is why!
Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise - Benjamin Franklin
Snoozing, I used to love love love to snooze. If I had to wake up at 7am, it would set my alarm for 6:45am, 6:50am & then 7:00am but if one some days I just couldn’t be bothered with going to work and knew I only needed 30 mins to get ready I would continue snoozing until the very last moment. Gosh nothing better to give yourself that extra 5 to 10 minutes over and over again. Until you have to get up and then you are rushing and regret you didn’t seize the day.
Now I had a bit of a wake up call the other day when I listened to Mel Robbins (Love her!) mindset reset training. So in this blog post I will tell you why it is that you should NOT ever snooze! I started this month with the Mindset reset by Mel Robbins. For the whole month of January she is giving free training to reset your mind! If you are interest to join, it is definitely not to late to sign up. Head over here to sign up: www.melrobbins.com/mindsetreset.
In one of her training she discussed morning routine and why you should stop snoozing!
She mentions when the alarm goes off, you get up! No mocking about, GET UP! Ooft okay that is a challenge, because bed is so warm, cosy and comforting. But the thing is, if you want to be a happier person, have a positive mindset, take control of anxiety, stress and depression get up out of bed. Because if you decide to stay in bed or snooze you lie in bed contemplating everything you have to do today and gosh once you start thinking about everything you need to do, ain’t nobody want to get up. But the only thing it does, is it delays you starting your day and dealing with the things that you have to do.
Here is the thing that hit me and made. Snoozing has an impact on your neurology and your brain function. To understand why snoozing is bad I will explain to you how sleep works. When we sleep, we sleep in cycles, and the main reason for sleep is that our body needs to rest and rejuvenate. Another reason we need sleep is to do with the brain function. When we are asleep half of the brain is allocated to keep our body running. The other half is able to relax and not work and your mind is able to process everything that is happened today. Mel Robbins says is almost like it is returning all the books (our memories) back to the library to store. If we didn’t sleep every night we would have no memories because our bodies wouldn’t have the chance to store them.
So we fall asleep and we sleep in cycles of 75 to 90 minutes. Once one cycle is finished we start another one that last about the same time. We do about 3 maybe 4 cycles. Then the your body and brain go in the preparation mode to start the waking up process. So if you wake up naturally after 6 hours of sleep or more this is your body telling you it is ready to start the day. Now if you hit the snooze button and you doze off for a couple of minutes guess what.. your brain/body starts another sleep cycle all over again!! And as said a sleep cycle last 75 to 90 minutes. Then if after you snoozed for 10 minutes it is actually time to get up, your brain has just started another sleep cycle, you are in a medical neurological state which is called sleep inertia. It can take up to 4 hours to shake itself loose of the sleep inertia.
Sleep inertia is bad because it impacts your speed of processing, impacts the ability to focus and impacts strategic thinking. Now this is not good if you are wanting to follow your dreams and make the most of your day. So see when you feel like you didn’t have enough sleep after you snooze...this has nothing to do with not enough sleep but everything to do with your brain being trapped in a state of sleep inertia. It is sort of stuck in this foggy, limbo land kinda place. There is one way to shock your system out of this sleep inertia and that is a cold shower. See if you have to catch a plane and need to get up super early before you are very likely still in the middle of a sleep cycle, get up and have a cold shower.
So if we awesome entrepreneurs want to make the most of the day stop snoozing. Put your alarm in a different room if you need to. I have been getting up as soon as the alarm goes off for about 2 weeks now and I must say it is getting better. Sometimes is so desperately want to stay in bed but I force myself out of it. I do feel way more productive, happier and motivated.
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