Polly’s Snooze Button

Another morning, another struggle with the morning alarm. Did you hit your snooze button today?

Polly and the Snooze Button.  Did you hit your snooze button today?

Anybody else have a love/hate relationship with the snooze button?

37 thoughts on “Polly’s Snooze Button”

    1. At least you hear your alarm – my daughter literally sleeps through hers. I hear it ringing 2 rooms away. Funny how that extra 5 minutes of sleep from the snooze seems like another hour of sleep, when in fact it is rarely good sleep at all!

    1. I tend to agree with the article, Tamara. I think when we keep hitting “Snooze” we are training our brain to not wake up when it goes off. My kids used to wake me up, too… until they became teenagers. That’s when everything shifts back about 4 hours:)

    1. I agree with you about Tamara’s schedule! I find now I pretty much wake up a few minutes before my alarm most days. I don’t use the snooze anymore because I would go back into a very deep sleep that was hard to wake from!

  1. Every. Single. Day.

    Earlier this year I did work at not hitting the snooze button, and getting up within 30 minutes of the same time everyday, including weekends. I have to say it was pretty amazing. I was groggy for the first 15 – 30 minutes in the morning, but after that I felt great and had more energy throughout the day. But it is so easy to fall back into old patterns!
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    1. I almost wish we could “disable” the snooze button because it is hard to avoid falling back into the habit, especially with these dark mornings!

  2. If I don’t get up right when the alarm goes off, my entire day is off schedule. By the way, I have a talking alarm from the late 70s that says the time and tells me it’s time to get up. Then if I let it go and don’t turn it off, it says it’s now …05 please hurry and plays a song. It’s so annoying that I just want to get up and turn it off. I guess it works. Great image. I total can relate to that face.
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    1. I agree about the face! And thought it seems counterintuitive, I think the 5 or 10 minutes of sleep we get after hitting snooze can actually be so interrupted that it makes us more tired when we finally do get up! Love your clock – gotta remember that for teenagers:)

    1. That’s such a good way to think of it.. having to experience the unpleasantness of being woken up again and again! Having something you enjoy to wake up to can definitely make it easier to get up!

  3. I am definitely on the same page!! It’s so tough especially transitioning from the weekend. But in all fairness, I very rarely use the snooze button these days. I hate being late for work.

    1. I don’t hate you, Jill! Waking up naturally is actually a gift. But for those who aren’tt so much morning people, hitting that snooze button sure has been tempting these past few VERY DARK mornings!

  4. I am and never have been a morning person. My husband leaves the house by 5 AM… If I could get myself to sleep at a decent hour, I could be much more productive throughout the day by getting up then and completing my office work for an hour or two before it’s time to get ready for a job. This post as well as all the great responses have inspired me to ditch the alarm clock once and for all!

    1. I agree… I think the snooze button does not ultimately lead to a good day… tempting as it may be. In a way, we train our brain not to respond to the alarm, right?

  5. Let me just say I love the artist’s rendition of Polly’s bed head – spot on! There’s a commercial on TV with a ringing alarm clock and my husband and I have to change the channel every time when it comes on because it’s like nails on a chalkboard!

    1. I will let my illustrator know you loved the bed head! She is terrific (Emily Evans)… such talent. I hear you about the nails on the chalkboard!

  6. I do I’ve been a lot better lately. I DO love my snooze, but lately I’ve been limiting myself to just three three-minute snoozes. That gives me enough time to wake up without being groggy, but also without ending up late to work. It also helps that I’ve found an app that measures my sleep cycle and tries to wake me up at the correct point in the sleep cycle. I’ve found it surprisingly helpful. You know how sometimes you will wake up out of a very sound sleep and then be groggy all day? I haven’t had that happen in weeks. Much nicer!
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    1. Yes, I know exactly what you mean about being woken from a sound sleep. I didn’t know you could get an app that would wake you up at the right moment. I’m afraid it might wake me at 4:00am, because that seems to be when I wake up. Great idea, though, because waking up from that deep sleep is awful!

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