Dozing can cost you: Studies have shown that spending extra time in bed can lead to health problems, with 6 out of 10 of us hitting the doze button.
- Researchers say people who set multiple alarms are more likely to have higher heart rates
- Consistently high resting heart rate is associated with many adverse health effects
- Snoozers are more likely to spend the last hour of light sleep before waking
- A study of 450 people found that young people and women are more likely to doze off
Hitting the snooze button when your morning alarm goes off is a temptation that many of us find difficult to resist.
But that may not be such a good idea. A comprehensive study came to the conclusion that snoozing really makes you lose.
Researchers found that people who set a series of alarms to get up in the morning were more likely to have higher heart rates than those who had just one alarm.
A consistently high resting heart rate is associated with many adverse health effects, including diabetes and heart disease.
Researchers found that people who set a series of alarms to get up in the morning were more likely to have higher heart rates than those who set just one.
Researchers at the University of Notre Dame in the United States (pictured) also found that people who doze off were more likely to spend the last hour before waking up in light sleep.
Researchers at the University of Notre Dame in the United States also found that people who doze off are more likely to spend the last hour of their sleep in light sleep before waking up, compared to those who never doze off in deeper sleep. did.
Of the 450 participants involved, 57% admitted to spending extra hours sneaking in bed each morning, and women were 12% more likely to do so than men.
Another study found that 7 out of 10 cases of heart disease and stroke could be prevented with good sleep.
Scientists at the French National Institutes of Health followed more than 7,000 healthy adults between the ages of 50 and 75 for 10 years and found that only 1 in 10 sleep well on a regular basis.
Those who slept had a 75% lower rate of heart disease and stroke than those who slept the least.
A US study cited the feeling of not being able to wake up on one alarm as the most common reason for dozing off in the morning, closely followed by those who said they were too comfortable to wake up.
Also, the average time spent in bed after the first alarm went off was almost 30 minutes for Snoozer and 9 minutes for only one alarm.
The fact that younger people are more likely to doze off, and that those who doze off tend to take fewer steps each day, may lend credence to the association with laziness.
Not surprisingly, habitual snoozer users are more likely to fall asleep with an alarm going off than non-snoozer users. And, as anyone who’s done the same knows, you’re almost twice as likely to be late for work.
Despite sleep experts regularly warning us to ban cell phones from our bedrooms, research shows that cell phones are used as alarms four times more often than traditional clocks.
The average time spent in bed after the first alarm went off was about 30 minutes with Snoozer and 9 minutes with only one alarm set.
Participants were most likely to use the “snooze function” on their smartphones rather than setting a dedicated alarm after waking up.
Researchers found that snoozers didn’t suffer from increased daytime sleepiness, but most experts recommend waking up later in the morning rather than falling asleep again. .
Sleep expert Neil Stanley, Ph.D. It seems a little strange to repeat it in the morning. It may not kill you, but you certainly aren’t ready for the day.
He added that integrated, uninterrupted sleep is much more beneficial than being repeatedly interrupted by several alarms. A return to “deep” sleep is unlikely, he said.
He recommends placing an old-fashioned alarm clock that doesn’t have a snooze function away from your bed to force you to get up. He expects more Britons to hit the snooze button in the fall and winter.
However, he added: