Almost no one likes the sound of their alarm in the morning. It always seems to come to soon, and it's tempting to temporarily silence it and stay in bed for an extra 10 minutes. Easy to do when you can simply reach over, hit the snooze button, and allow yourself to stay asleep for just a little while longer. However, research has shown that the snooze button is not our friend. Relying on the snooze button confuses our brains and hardly allows us to get any additional restorative sleep.
Why You Should Skip the Snooze
Naturally, our brains secrete neurochemicals that induce sleep, and we go through various stages of non-rapid eye movement (NREM) and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. In fact, we circle through NREM and REM stages an average of four to six times per night. Going through these stages of sleep are necessary in experiencing restorative rest, yet often times these cycles can be disrupted by a variety of influences. Eating too late in the night, trouble breathing, and the use of electronic devices can all play a role in how well we cycle through these stages of sleep.
By attempting to sleep for those extra few minutes using the snooze button, our brains continue to secrete the sleep-inducing neurochemicals and it becomes even more difficult to get out of bed. Without the ability to cycle through NREM and REM stages, those few minutes contribute no restorative rest, but rather prolong the feeling of grogginess in the morning because our brains are tricked. Researchers tend to agree that waking up and getting out of bed as soon as the alarm sounds is actually the most beneficial way to begin the wake-up process.
Use BedJet as an Alarm Clock Alternative
While pushing yourself out of bed at the sound of the alarm sounds like a difficult task, BedJet makes the process easy and natural. BedJet’s heating and cooling profiles are customizable, meaning that a temperature-controlled wake up can be set up through your smartphone to wake up naturally without an alarm clock. The BedJet’s ability to cater to your circadian rhythm, or internal clock, by maintaining a comfortable temperature throughout the night allows you to cycle through the proper stages of rest and wake up well-rested.
For example, let’s say you use the BedJet for a few hours when first going to bed, then want it off for part of the night but want to be woken up exactly at 7am with a blast of hot air.
1) Program in your first few biorhythm cycle steps the way you want using duration timing.
2) Use a Wait Mode step for the period of the night you won’t need the BedJet on. Set the Wait Mode to end at 7am (whatever time you want to wake up) using the End at Specified Time function described above, and make the very next step in the table after the Wait Mode the one you want to be woken up with.
These settings can improve the wake up process without the confusing effects of the snooze button.
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