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Should the Snooze Button Be Put to Sleep?

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Geo Beats

Should the Snooze Button Be Put to Sleep? - as part of the news and politics series by GeoBeats.

Early morning, when that annoying alarm goes off, the snooze button is our gateway to few extra minutes of blissful escape. At that moment, the snooze button seems like an invention, better than sliced bread.

But the question is does that snooze time count towards the 7-8 hour daily sleep requirement and what impact does it have on our body?

If you want to get the most restful sleep and wake up refreshed, many experts suggest that you are better off not hitting the snooze button or using it only once.

There's even a product called 'clocky' that will start running and you will have to chase it if you hit the snooze button.

In a New York Times article, Dr. Edward Stepanski of the Rush University Medical Center who has researched sleep fragmentation, mentions that when we break up our sleep, there is a negative impact on its restorative value.

If you are sleeping 7-8 hours and the last hour includes snoozing, you are probably sleeping less than the daily requirement for sleep.

According to Dr. Yizhak Kupfer of Maimonides Medical Center, we experience various sleep stages during the night and drifting back and forth caused by snoozing disrupts our sleep cycle.

Dr. Janet Mullington of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital notes in a WHDH-TV Channel 7 report that we probably deprive ourselves of needed sleep if we hit the snooze button multiple times.

What do you think - should the snooze button go away?

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