Why your snooze button is screwing you over

Hitting the snooze button has become a staple in our culture and has actively been embedded in our morning routine. But how is this simple touch of resistance affecting our lives?

Ever heard the saying “you snooze you lose”? I am sure most of us have, but we keep hitting that snooze button every single morning. Yes, your alarm is loud and irritating, and we think to ourselves an extra few minutes in bed would do us great. We deserve it right! (C’mon, you know you’ve told yourself this at least once, whilst putting the warm blanket over your body and trying to get a few more minutes of zzz’s). I know many can relate, we’ve all experienced slapping our alarm button to get that extra 5 minutes of sleep that accidentally turns into an hour and we’ve had to frantically rush to school or work. What makes us so reluctant about getting up in the mornings is most of us feel like we must do something. Now the key words I used in the sentence before was the words ‘must’ and ‘reluctant’, insinuating that many of us feel like we don’t have a choice. You must go to school or uni, you have to go to work, you have to make the kids their breakfast and drop them off to school, you have to face another day without having a job, and because of this you naturally rebel by hitting that snooze button. Think about that for a second…what really makes you get out of bed each morning?

In Hal Elrod’s international bestseller, ‘The Morning Miracle’, he states that when we delay waking up “we are in a state of resistance to our day, to our life and to waking up and creating the life we say we want”[1]. Throughout the book, he described that when people wake up with passion and purpose we are “joining the small percentage of high achievers who are living their dreams”[2]. The problem is, most of our morning routines are completely rubbish! We snooze, we panic, we stress, we rush – all in one morning, which then becomes a cycle, day in day out. Many of us do not realise that the tone of our mornings greatly affects the rest of our day.

My whole life I have constantly heard people around me say “I am not a morning person”, (whilst trying to find the nearest coffee shop) and I then took on that phrase without even knowing what that meant. The truth is, our brains are not designed to do things that make us uncomfortable, scared, difficult or out of the ordinary, instead our brains will protect us from these things. Mel Robbins spoke about this at her famous Ted Talk and said that when we are in situations that are uncomfortable for us as humans are brains automatically hit an ‘emergency brake’, because it is not a part of our daily routine. However, I learnt this past year that to be the best possible version of yourself and to create the life you want you will have no choice but to do things that are uncomfortable, scary, difficult – and yes that includes getting up early in the morning and avoiding hitting that snooze button.

We must learn that waking up with passion and purpose is the only way we will live the life we dream of. For many, the snooze button may represent a sense of not wanting to deal with whatever life has presented you with in that moment in time. It has also become an automatic impulse from our bodies without ever thinking about it. So why do we constantly keep setting our alarms if we know we will hit the snooze button at least twice before getting out of bed. Mel Gibbons stated in her talk that “If you have an impulse to act on a goal, you must physically move within 5 seconds or your brain will kill the idea”. She described getting up in the mornings like a rocket, going 5…4…3…2…1…and jumping out of bed. What is funny is after I heard this I tried it the next morning and it worked. I mean, I did take a glance back with puppy eyes at my warm bed and my fluffy cushions who I felt kept calling me back. You jumping out of bed in the mornings without hitting that snooze button is called activation energy, as you come face to face with the physical force that is required to change your behaviour. We must eliminate the snooze button routine and do the things we don’t want to do to be the best person we can be.

Here are some points to try to help you have the best morning:

  • Write your goals down the night before.

Your morning routine starts just before you hit the sheets. By writing your goals down for the next day your brain actively remembers this and uses this as a force mechanism for what you need to do once you wake up.

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  • Meditate

By putting some calming music on once you wake and meditating for a few minutes each day you can allow you to be calm and relaxed, helping you focus on a goal.

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  • Exercise

Studies have shown that morning exercise improves your physical and mental energy. You’ll feel energised and ready to take on whatever the day has in store for you. it also helps you develop self-discipline and this discipline is more than likely to affect other areas of your life.

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  • Smile

This one is simple, but effective…smile! Many of us forget to do this in the mornings, mainly because we are so focused on having to be somewhere or to do something. Once we smile we are opening positive energy around us.

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[1] Elrod, Hal ‘The Morning Miracle’ (2016) [Hodder & Stoughton]

[2] Elrod, Hal ‘The Morning Miracle’ (2016) [Hodder & Stoughton]

 

Love, 

tiff xoxo

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