Stop Hitting the Snooze Button!

As the Sleepy’s Snooze Director, it’s easy to understand that I am passionate about snoozing.  But there is one type of snooze that I am against, and that is the dreaded snooze button.  You may love your snooze button so much that you hit it over 14 times, but your love of delayed waking isn’t helping you at all.  I for one think that there shouldn’t even be a snooze button option any more, but before you swear me off for dismissing your love affair with that dreaded button, hear me out on the detriments of hitting the snooze button.

One of the most valuable hours of sleep is the one hour before you wake up.  Setting your alarm for an earlier wake up time so that you can incessantly hit snooze is counterproductive.  Chopping up that last hour of sleep into ten minute increments basically means you won’t be getting any extra sleep at all. 

Don’t you feel groggy once you finally stop hitting the snooze button and get out of bed?  That’s because you aren’t getting enough uninterrupted, quality sleep.  Think about it… If you set your alarm to wake up at the time you normally get up after your snoozes, you’ll be getting uninterrupted sleep until then.  You’ll wake up with more energy and it will be easier to get out of bed because you were getting quality sleep for a longer period of time.

Don’t get me wrong, I hate that surprise of the blaring alarm clock each morning just as much as the next guy, but I have ZERO desire to hear my alarm go off more than once.  That is why I’ve put together a few tips to help you ease up on your usage of the snooze button so that hopefully you too can get out of bed on the first try.

Your first mission, should you choose to accept it, is to just get out of bed as soon as your alarm goes off.  At the very least, you will want to sit up in bed after you turn your alarm off.  Moving around will make you less likely to doze back asleep.  You will also want to try and expose yourself to light early in the morning.  Setting automatic blinds to open an hour before your alarm clock will let the sun shine in and wake you up much more gradually than a loud beep from the alarm.  You could also invest in a light alarm clock that will gradually become brighter to help wake you up in time.  Once you’ve gotten yourself out of the bed, head to the bathroom and splash some water (more on the cooler side) onto your face to really make you feel awake.  Do you make coffee every morning?  Then you may want to consider getting a coffee maker with an alarm on it so that not only will your coffee be made for you by the time you get out of bed, but also that the aroma will wake you up.  If all else fails then put your alarm on the other side of the room or even in a different room so that it forces you to get out of bed and turn it off.

So there are a few tips to try to wean you off of your snooze button addiction.  Which ones do you think you’ll try?  Have you tried any before?  What do you do that I didn’t mention?

 

Contributor: Emily Barrett

Sleep Tip Experiment 1: Exercise

Well you guys, I did what I never thought I would do… I finally joined a gym.  After years of being a lazy couch potato, I caved and finally convinced myself that it was time to start taking care of myself.  Being the Sleepy’s Snooze Director, I read a lot of information about sleep, especially about sleep tips.  Every article and every blog post I would search always emphasized the importance of exercise when it comes to good quality of sleep.  It was time for me to take on my own research and start to practice what I preach.

I joined my gym about three weeks ago now and I go at least three times a week.  I tried the whole wake-up-an-hour-early-to-get-the-workout-in-before-work thing but that only lasted for the first week.  But now that daylight savings time is over and it’s a little brighter than midnight at 6AM I’m definitely going to give it another try.  It wasn’t that bad waking up earlier to hit the gym.  The toughest part was just getting myself out of my bed, but once I did I was ready to go exercise.  I would do about 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of light weights and after I was done, I was feeling great and super ready to take on my day.

But it’s tough to wake up before the sun rises, trust me I know (I was an intern at a radio morning show and needed to get up at 3:30AM to be at work by 5AM).  So, I started caving to the comfort of my bed when my alarm would go off at 6AM for the gym and opted for an extra hour and a half of sleep.  But that didn’t stop me from going to the gym, I then started going at night after work, which was kind of nice.  I go with my boyfriend because we motivate each other to actually go to the gym.  He’s teaching me racquetball, which is a ton of fun and pretty exhausting.  And then I got him to go to yoga class every Wednesday night with me.  It’s always good to go to the gym with someone because you can work out together or at the very least just get each other to go and workout as opposed to watching TV all night.

Now, from my own experience, I can tell you that since I’ve starting exercising at the gym, I have been sleeping outrageously well!  I feel like I get into deeper sleep than I ever have before; it’s amazing.  Even just going three times a week, I feel so much better in the morning after my restful sleep.  I absolutely, 100% vouch for exercise benefitting quality sleep.  I always thought I slept fine, but now I can say that I feel like I sleep very well.  Before I started working out, I would sleep straight to my alarm clock and still be groggy, even after getting at least 8 hours of sleep each night.  Now I’m waking up a little bit before my alarm goes off and I’m not shuffling my feet to the shower. 

It’s always great to research sleep tips for suggestions, but you’ll never know how it will affect you until you try them.  For example, with me going to the gym now, when I go at night sometimes I finish my workout as late as an hour before I go to bed but I don’t feel like it prevents me from falling asleep.  I’ll keep you posted on my sleep tip experiments to let you know what works for me and what doesn’t.

Have you tried any sleep tips?  What worked for you?

Keep checking back to my blog for updated sleep information as well as Sleepys.com for great sleep information as well as great mattresses and bedding that will help you sleep better.  Be on the lookout for Sleepy’s upcoming Veteran’s Day Sale too!

 

Contributor: Emily Barrett

Meet the Snooze Director

I’m Emily Barrett, your Sleepy’s Snooze Director and I will be your number one resource when it comes to buying a new mattress and getting a great night’s sleep.  I am thrilled to be working at Sleepy’s with the Mattress Professionals to teach me the ins and outs of finding you the perfect mattress.  This is an exciting journey I am embarking on, and I have to thank Newsday, Channel 7 WABC News and Channel 10/55 News for covering my story of becoming the first-ever Sleepy’s Snooze Director.

Mattress shopping can be very confusing, there is a lot of information out there and I’m here to make sense of it all so that you find a mattress that fits you perfectly.  Also, through my future blogs and videos, you will learn the best proven tips on how to finally get a solid night’s sleep.  So make sure to check this blog frequently for updates because I can’t wait to help you get the best mattress and the best night’s sleep.

 

Calling All Snooze Directors!!!!

In the history of all job titles/positions across the world, we are looking for the very first Snooze Director.

Qualifications:
You must have at least 18 years of sleep experience
You must know how to sleep
You must test mattresses in Sleepy’s stores
Assist with Sleepy’s social media (blogging, Facebook, Twitter, etc)
Research sleep trends and blog about your experience
**You must be creative and enthusiastic about sleep

The position for Snooze Director has been filled.