If there's one lazy habit I can't seem to quit, it's hitting the snooze button every morning. To my groggy brain, nothing is more appealing than postponing the process of waking up. But for the most part, hitting the snooze button is actually damaging in a number of ways. Basically, those five more minutes in bed can set the stage for a pretty crappy day overall.
As it turns out, the body starts preparing to wake up long before the actual alarm goes off. About an hour before your regular alarm time, the body starts the process of waking up by releasing the hormones cortisol and adrenaline, increasing body temperature, and entering a lighter phase of sleep, according to Health. When you slap the snooze button and try to pick up where you left off in that wild dream, then the body's whole wake-up process stalls out. The results of this interruption can affect your body, brain, and even mood in some serious ways for the rest of the day.
That said, I completely understand the appeal of that snooze button. There's something decadent and indulgent about delaying the start of your day by a few minutes to stay in the warm and cozy bed. After researching this piece, however, I now understand that this habit tends to do more harm than good, because screwing with your sleep schedule can throw off your whole body. Although choosing the snooze button feels pretty great at the moment, it can kind of ruin the rest of your day. Here's a few reasons why using the snooze button can backfire and make your morning even worse.