Why should I avoid using the snooze button on my alarm clock?

Carol Ash, DO
Pulmonary Disease
If you need an alarm clock to wake and you often hit the snooze button, it's an indicator that you have poor sleep habits and hygiene. Watch internist and sleep expert Carol Ash, DO, explain why you should avoid hitting the snooze button.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Healthiness starts with the buzz of your alarm clock in the morning. Make it a goal to avoid the snooze button. While the urge to sleep an extra nine minutes may be strong, that sleep isn’t the healthy restorative sleep you need to stay energized during the day. It’s just a time waster. In fact, if you usually find yourself playing snooze-tag for 20 or more minutes, you would benefit more from going to bed 20 minutes earlier.

To avoid the snooze button, place your alarm clock on the dresser across the room so you have to get out of bed to turn off the alarm clock every morning. Also, set the clock 15 minutes ahead in the morning; when you wake up, you'll think it’s later than it actually is.
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