Hitting The Snooze Button Is Totally Fine, Says New Study
It’s often said that if you snooze, you lose. The science, however, says that may not actually be the case. A new study suggests that repeatedly hitting your alarm’s snooze button in the morning doesn’t seem to have any negative long-term effects.
The study was conducted by researchers at Stockholm University in Sweden. To test the effects of repeated snooze-hitting, 30 people were asked to stay at a sleep lab for two nights. The first morning they were allowed to hit the snooze button three times for a total of 30 minutes. And on the next morning they weren’t able to hit the snooze button, but they were still allowed the extra half hour of sleep.
The researchers then compared different factors between the two sleep methods. These include observable traits like tiredness or changes in mood, as well as more empirical measurements like cortisol levels and overall sleep quality.
In a news release from the university, the study’s lead researcher Tina Sundelin explains the overall results. “Our findings show that…there were no negative effects of snoozing on cortisol release, morning tiredness, mood, or sleep quality throughout the night.”
Admittedly the study did show that repeat snoozers tended to lose a bit of sleep, and were also drowsier in the morning compared to non-snoozers. But as far as long-term effects, there doesn’t seem to be any negative consequences to hitting the snooze button.
However, Sundelin also clarifies that these results could pertain to a select group of steady sleepers. “It’s of course important to remember that the study only included people who are regular snoozers and find it easy to go back to sleep after each alarm. Snoozing is most likely not for everyone.”
It’s suggested that you only hit the snooze button enough times to account for 30 minutes of extra sleep.