Day 5: Sound the Alarm…or Hit Snooze

alarm clock, bought from IKEA

alarm clock, bought from IKEA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the morning do are you excited to hear the alarm clock go off or are you the type of person who likes to hit the snooze button.  I’d suspect if there was a poll there would be many people who would say that they hit the snooze button when it is in reference to the week day.

Let’s enter the classroom, and begin with vocabulary.

sleep inertia:   “…the feeling of grogginess and disorientation that can come from awakening from a deep sleep.” -The National Sleep Foundation

social jetlag:  When your week day schedule of waking up is different to that of the weekend.  As described by Till Roenneberg, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Munich’s Institute of Medical Psychology, in Germany”, Social jet lag is “the discrepancy between what our body clock wants us to do and what our social clock wants us to do.”

body-mass index: (BMI): We are familiar with what body mass index it; however, there is a connection to one’s range/number to that of those who suffer from social jetlag.   “…linking higher BMI to sleep deprivation and irregular sleep schedules. In particular, numerous studies have found an increased risk of obesity — as well as chronic diseases such as diabetes…”- David J. Earnest, Ph.D., a neurobiologist and body-clock expert at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, in Bryan.

Now that you’ve had your vocabulary lesson, it’s time for how to consider what may be the negative of hitting the snooze button to becoming a fit person who awaits the sound of the alarm.

  1. Know your priorities.  Don’t start something new at bedtime.  Do what you know is truly proper for you to prepare for bed.
  2. Use your time wisely. Staying out late when you need to get to work on-time is not the best habit to form.
  3. Know your time constraints and where you are able to extend yourself. Create a schedule or evaluate what your schedule is to ensure it’s not overloaded and will extend your time past your bedtime.
  4. Omit distractions in your preparation for bed.  Television or social media can be great distractions.  Omit them if you know you can’t limit yourself to a smaller amount of time for “technology-fun”.

Assignment:  Tell me what time of person you are…Do you like to hear the sound of the alarm or are you one to hit the snooze button?

References:

Bucklan, Erin.  Is the Snooze Button Bad for You.  July 23, 2014http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/06/health/upwave-snooze-button/index.html

Gardner, Amanda. Is ‘Social Jet Lag’ Harming Your Health.  July 24, 2014  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/11/social-jet-lag-weekend-harm-health_n_1507396.html

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