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Does hitting the snooze button really help you feel better?

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 sleep. And poor sleep has been shown to be associated with a number of health disorders including high blood pressure, memory problems, and even weight control.

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