Alexis Welin 11th grade April 18, 2017
Do you hit the snooze bar in the mornings? Hitting the snooze bar can actually cause you to be more sleepy. Studies show that when you doze off after the alarm wakes you up in the mornings, you are setting yourself up to feel less alert and productive later in the day. It slows down your decision making abilities, impairs your memory, and hurts your general performance once you do get out of bed. Even worse, coffee and a cold shower can’t combat it.
If hitting the snooze button isn’t the key to better sleep, what is? Studies show that if you start going to bed a half-hour earlier than you have been, you will start sleeping better and not be as tempted to hit the snooze bar. And if that doesn’t work? Go to bed an hour earlier. Over time, doctors say this will reduce your overall sleep deprivation.
Do you go to bed with technology nearby?Devices like smartphones, digital tablets and laptops emit blue light that hurts your sleep. “The exposure to blue-light-emitting devices results in a delay in melatonin production,” according to Robert S.
Rosenberg, medical director of the Sleep Disorders Centers of Prescott Valley and Flagstaff, Arizona. Exposure to artificial light after dusk and before bedtime may reduce sleep quality by suppressing production of the hormone melatonin and may also have other negative health effects, according to a new study. Melatonin, produced by the brain’s pineal gland at night, regulates the sleep-wake cycle. So give yourself a tech curfew: Turn off those electronics 90 minutes before lights out to help promote sounder sleep
So if you go to bed earlier and turning off or put your devices out of reach this will reduce the extra sleep you need.