Pressing snooze no longer guilty pleasure: New research finds no negative impact

Pressing snooze no longer guilty pleasure | Credits: Google
Pressing snooze no longer guilty pleasure | Credits: Google

Washington DC, United States: The snooze button in your alarm clock gives you a few more minutes to sleep and delays the start of your day. An individual should not be guilty about it anymore, says a new research in the Journal of Sleep Research.

According to the latest news reports published, pressing the snooze button has no negative impact on sleep and cognitive processes. It stated that there is no such evidence related to the above-mentioned problems.

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It additionally quoted that snoozing for a shorter time can be beneficial as the habit of snoozing the alarm was commonly seen in people with morning drowsiness and shorter sleep. While noting the benefits, the research paper read that it helps in the alleviation of a sleep disorder called ‘sleep inertia.’

Furthermore, it was informed that snoozing and waking up gradually can help in improving cognitive functioning, as compared to the people who wake up after the first alarm goes off.

One of the authors, Tina Sundelin of Stockholm University, in a news release, stated, “The findings indicate that there is no reason to stop snoozing in the morning if you enjoy it, at least not for snooze times around 30 minutes. In fact, it may even help those with morning drowsiness to be slightly more awake once they get up,” reported USA Today.

According to the reports, the conclusion of the research was based on the two studies. One of the studies was related to the observing waking habits of around 1,731 adults and the second study analyzed regular alarm snoozers.

As per the first study, around 69 percent of adults use the feature of alarm snoozing or prefer setting multiple alarms. It further outlined that the snoozing period is between 1 and 180 minutes, with an average period of 22 minutes per morning.

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Whereas, the second study reported that for every 30 minutes of snoozing, an individual loses six minutes of sleep.

Snoozers are young in age

According to the report, the people who chose to tap the snooze button are, on average, six years younger than those who don’t.

It also concluded that morning people are four times less likely to press the button as compared to the night types. The report read, “Snoozers also had a slightly shorter sleep duration on workdays, 13 min less on average, compared to those who never snooze.”

Still, avoid poor sleep patterns:

The study has claimed that despite the fact that shorter snoozing does not damage health, the experts recommend getting enough and consistent sleep so that serious health consequences are avoided.

According to the research paper submitted by the American College of Cardiology, a person must prefer to sleep for around seven to eight years. It stated that constant sleep for the mentioned hours adds years to an individual’s life.

It is to be highlighted that poor sleep contributes to around 8 percent of deaths worldwide. And the reports by the CDC informed that over one-third of Americans do not sleep for sufficient hours.

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