Thursday, February 21, 2019

You snooze, you lose

Every morning I seem to go through a battle with my alarm clock. And it’s not pretty. I never seem to come out on top.

It begins innocently enough when the alarm clock begins with the radio going off indicating to me my earlier intentions of wanting to get up. Because I’ve had difficulty getting up at times in the past, I’ve had to place my alarm radio on the other side of the room. I’ve developed this love-hate relationship with my alarm clock.

As soon as the radio goes off, I march half dazed across my room cussing under my breath and seeking answers about why the alarm clock mysteriously went off. “It can’t be time to get up yet,” I assure myself as I appear to be sleep walking around my bed.

Thankfully my alarm clock features the most wonderful invention ever—the snooze button. That’s right for the next hour or so I play this squelch the pesky and annoying sounds game with my alarm. Every 10 minutes or so, I get rudely interrupted from my deep sleep to slap the snooze button and shut up the radio once again.

The snooze button is one of life’s little luxuries, and it’s easy to kid yourself into thinking that all you need is an extra 10, 20 or 30 minutes in the sack. With one little touch, more sleep is headed your way. Or is it? Read on.

Somewhere during this cat and mouse game I have with the clock radio, the alarm turns from radio to a nagging sound that sounds like the world is on the brink of disaster. By about this time, I’m ready to rip the alarm clock out of the wall and chuck it to China! 

“Doesn’t this little electrical box have any idea that I still need more sleep?” I ask myself in disgust. It’s lucky that there is no sledgehammer within my reach. It wouldn’t be a pretty sight.

After about six rounds of hitting the snooze button and building up enough frustration to last a life time, I finally come to my senses and realize perhaps it’s time to really get up and end this 

I did a little research and found the General Electric Company unveiled the snooze button in 1956. It heralded the invention by promising a new, gentler way to wake up, guaranteeing a few extra minutes of precious sleep.

In a perfect world, we wouldn’t need alarm clocks. Every morning we should be able to wake up exactly at the right time feeling refreshed and ready to leap out of bed. But sadly it’s just a fantasy for me. I’ve become a slave to my alarm clock as well as the snooze button. 

I have found that if you set your alarm much earlier than you intend to get up, which I clearly do, you could be missing out on vital REM sleep in the morning. The bottom line is, experts say, the snooze button can seriously affect your health. Disturbing sleep in this way can impair your mental functioning throughout the day, affecting memory, reaction time and even your emotional state.

Clearly I have a snooze addiction. I simply have a straightforward lack of sleep causing my reliance on the snooze button. 

Doctors warn that healthiness starts with the buzz of your alarm clock in the morning. They urge people to make it a goal to avoid the snooze button. 

It’s time I go in hot pursuit of locating some snooze-busting methods to cure this addiction that plays games with my body in more ways than one every morning.

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