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Snooze and I, A Love Affair

It was a winter's morning when we were first introduced.

Tired and cold, he came to my rescue with a few precious minutes of sleep. It wasn’t long before our one-time thing had blossomed into a daily affair.

Every morning when my alarm clock inconsiderately woke me, he was waiting with open arms. I grew to depend on our relationship, factoring him into my morning ritual.

It was pure bliss!

Inevitably, a few months later the cracks began to show.

Instead of feeling refreshed and rested, our encounters were leaving me cranky and lethargic (as well as habitually late).

Our once seemingly perfect relationship had turned toxic.

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In actual fact, hitting the snooze button makes waking up more difficult.

Rather than giving your body additional time to rest, it’s actually messing with its natural sleep cycle.

When you fall back asleep, rather than picking up where it left off, the sleep cycle reboots itself. And if the alarm sounds during the ‘wrong’ stage of your cycle, you're in for a rough morning.

Here are three simple tricks to help you ditch the snooze button for good:

  1. Keep him at a distance. By moving your alarm to the other side of the room, you’ll be forced to leap out of bed to turn it off. And now that you’re up and about, the hardest part is over!
  2. Find a replacement. Like CARROT, an alarm app which uses a series of games, rewards and even threats to ensure you get out of bed.
  3. Treat yourself. Whether it’s watching YouTube videos or trying a new coffee blend, having something to look forward to in the morning can make waking up seem less painful.