As if you needed any more convincing to kick this morning habit.

By Maggie Seaver
March 24, 2020
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Let’s be very clear from the get-go: If you like to hit the snooze button every nine minutes for two hours before finally getting out of bed every morning, that’s 100 percent your call. Wake up how you need to wake up, you know? On the other hand, if you tend to hit snooze to catch a few extra Zs, but still end up feeling exhausted, sluggish, and unproductive each day, your morning wake-up habit might be to blame.

There's definitely something to be said for getting out of bed after hearing your morning alarm the first time. Many sleep experts agree that those extra minutes of sleep between alarms isn’t all that restful or restorative. According to Reena Mehra, M.D., M.S., the director of Sleep Disorders Research at the Cleveland Clinic, “much of the latter part of our sleep cycle [consists] of REM sleep, or dream sleep, which is a restorative sleep state. And so, if you’re hitting the snooze button, then you’re disrupting that REM sleep.”

A recent survey by The Sleep Judge further corroborates the case to kick a lingering snooze button habit. After polling more than 1,000 working adults, findings showed that participants who didn’t hit snooze (571 total) were more prepared for daily responsibilities, stressed out less frequently, felt more financially secure, and earned higher salaries when compared to people who did slap the snooze button either one to two times, or three or more times. These survey results can't show a causal relationship between not hitting the snooze button and having a fabulous and fulfilled life. But they do present a very intriguing—and certainly not surprising—correlation.

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Positive Outlook

Sixty-eight percent of people who don’t snooze during the work week feel “very prepared for the work day,” compared to those who snooze one or two times (55 percent) and those who snooze three times or more (45 percent). 

Less Stress 

Non-snoozers also tend to stress less at work, or at least have an easier time coping with professional stress, than their snooze-hitting counterparts. Nearly 34 percent of respondents who do press snooze three-plus times said they stress often at work. Meanwhile, only 26 percent of non-snoozers and 26 percent of snoozers do so once or twice said they stress often at work. Non-snoozers were also the least likely to perceive their life as stressful overall.

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Financial Security

Whether or not you employ the snooze button could potentially be indirectly impacting much you’re earning and saving. Case in point: Nearly 50 percent of those who don’t hit snooze, 36 percent of once-or-twice snoozers, and only 18 percent of three-time snoozers feel financially secure. What’s more, non-snoozers were more likely than snoozers to earn a yearly salary of at least $75,000; on the other hand, respondents who reported an annual salary between $35,000 and $49,999 were the most likely earnings category to hit snooze during the work week. 

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