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Does hitting the snooze button really help you feel better?
We've all been there. The alarm goes off at the same time it always does and we hit snooze - once, twice, or maybe half a dozen times - before we get up. While delaying getting up for just another few minutes may seem harmless, it may actually affect the neurochemicals related to sleep.

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Why we hit the snooze button

It's important to understand why we are using the snooze button in the first place.

For some, it's a habit that started early on. But for many, it can signal a significant problem with sle...

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What normal sleep looks like

Our natural body clock regulates functions through what's known as circadian rhythms: physical, mental and behavioral changes that follow a daily cycle.

Most adults require approximately 7...

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What affects sleep cycles

  • If a person is not breathing well during sleep (snoring or sleep apnea), this will disturb the normal sequences and cause the individual to awaken feeling unrestored.
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Don't snooze your alarm

It's probably best to set your alarm for a specific time and get up then.

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Eat Meals Earlier 

Don't eat any heavy foods within two hours of bed time. 

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