Do you often feel like you haven’t slept enough and wish to steal a few more minutes of sleep and delay awakening? No matter how sweet ten minutes of extra sleep can be they can ruin your whole day, says Dr. Mary Karskadon, professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University.
The human body has several mechanisms for natural awakening in the morning. Basically, two hours before your body is ready to wake up it slowly raises the temperature of the brain to activate it easier and you feel less drowsy. Gradually increasing the body temperature makes the sleep become lighter because the brain secretes cortisol and dopamine, which provide energy for a fresh start of a new day.
If you haven’t had enough sleep alarm will ring at the time while the temperature of your body is still at the level necessary for deep sleep.
You will certainly tremble from the cold and feel cozy only under a blanket. Instead opting an alarm, press the delay on waking up and continue with nap. That will return your brain and body to a state of dormancy. Next alarm clock will totally confuse your body and you will feel dazed for a long time as if you simply not waken up at all. Every new alarm clock only reinforces this state that scientists call “sleep inertia” and that can take a full four hours after getting up from bed.
Previous studies have clearly shown that interrupted sleep can only lead to a tired and grumpy you. All daily activities you perform in this state will make you feel even worse. Scientists agree on one thing, rather than pushing the frequent postponement of waking up you should simply install the alarm to ring 20 minutes before you need to get up.
This way you will teach your body to gradually get used to such alarm sounds. After a few weeks, the body will begin to prepare for waking up an hour earlier. So, when the alarm is sounded you will be able to get out of bed easily, wake up immediately and jump into a new day.