Hitting the snooze button to get some extra sleep may not be a good idea

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Late night usage of social media affects sleep cycle(Credits - Wikimedia Commons)

Every morning it is a fight to wake up early for many of us. Whether to snooze the alarm or to sleep for some more time is a decision we make every morning. Snoozing the alarm might seem harmless to us but it is not. Snoozing the alarm is a habit which is acquired early on in life. Snoozing the alarm has been associated with poor health, and poor sleep can cause various mental issues like high blood pressure, a gain in weight and memory problems.

A facial pain specialist who has analyzed the relation between sleep and facial pain has identified that patients who suffer from chronic pain also suffer from sleep disorders. Our body has a natural body clock with which it regulates the cycles in the body. Mental, physical and behavioral changes take place every day in these daily cycles. Adults require seven to eight hours of good sleep.

There are two types of stages in sleep, one is non-rapid eye movement sleep (NREM) and rapid eye movement sleep (REM). Our body changes its state from NREM to REM almost four to six times per night. Generally, NREM is the first portion of sleep and REM is the last stage of sleep. If this cycle having these stages is disturbed abruptly then we tend to wake up feeling tired in the morning. A well-structured sleep is very important for having a good day. Sleep quality diminishes with the use of electronic gadgets, tobacco or alcohol consumption in the evening and also eating heavy food very close to bedtime. If a person does not breathe well during sleep he may end up snoring and will disturb the normal sequence of cycles.

The teenage is the age when the use of snooze buttons plays a key role and teenagers tend to use this button very often due to the alteration of circadian rhythms which causes teenagers to sleep up till late morning and stay up till late night. The five minutes of time the snooze button offers does not give us good restorative sleep and in turn confuses the brain as to whether to start the process to secrete more neurochemicals that cause more sleep. These predictions are made possible by some hypothesis. The best way to stay physically fit and mentally healthy is to get a good sleep which is best when you set up an alarm for a specific time and follow the time.

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