We’ve all been there. As soon as the alarm goes off, our first instinct isn’t to get up and start our day. Rather, more times that necessary, our first instinct is to reach out and hit the snooze button just so we can get a few minutes of extra sleep.
Unfortunately, doing so may actually be quite detrimental to human health. In fact, sleep wellness company, Eve Sleep, published an open letter to Apple – addressing chief executive Tim Cook – urging for them to scrap the snooze button from their next iOS update.
Why you should never hit snooze
In the letter, Matt Janes, a neuroscience expert who is supporting the campaign, explained,
“The snooze button can have a detrimental effect on your health, especially your mental health – you’re essentially multiplying the assault on your brain and body each time you press snooze, by repeating the impact on your autonomic nervous system each time you’re awoken.”
He went on to add the effects that this could have on cardiovascular health.
“When your alarm sounds in the morning, you are torn out of restful sleep. This shock quickly engages your sympathetic nervous system, the fight or flight branch of your autonomic nervous system”.