Want To Be More Productive? Don’t Use Your Alarm Clock’s Snooze Button Ross Kimbarovsky | April 24th, 2013

Assuming on the average that a person lives for 80 years, the typical person spends more than 26 years sleeping.


When we don’t get enough sleep, our reactions times slow down, our blood pressure rises, we increase the chances that we will develop obesity and diabetes, and we become less productive.

Recently, Leo Widrich from Buffer wrote a helpful post on sleep and productivity, looking at what happens when you don’t get enough sleep during a day, and what you can do to develop better sleep habits. Leo writes:

In the following image you can see [that] as you lose focus and your attention is drifting, the yellow bits show how people with enough sleep activate parts in their brain to refocus at the task at hand. Sleep deprived people will have barely any activity in that area (the amygdala reactivity) and will struggle to regain focus.


After reading Leo’s post, I wondered whether my alarm’s snooze button helped or hurt my productivity. On some days, I get up as soon as the alarm rings. But there are days when the snooze button and I become close friends.

Here’s a wonderful short video explaining why you should avoid using your snooze button – and why it’s important, if you want to stay productive, for you to get out of bed as soon as your alarm rings.

Do you agree? Does your alarm’s snooze button help or hurt your productivity?

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  • I love asapSCIENCE videos. As someone who has dealt with chronic sleep problems for the past 10 years, I would say the biggest factor in creating a good sleep routine – DON’T GET DISCOURAGED. I can’t how many natural remedies, diet changes, work out regimens, pharmaceutic trials and bedtime habits I had to change around until I found something that worked for me.

    While I still do hit the ‘snooze’ now and then, I have found that my biological clock has a pretty set routine these days, making it pretty easy to get out of bed. 🙂 Great post!

  • C.J. – good point about not getting discouraged (really easy for people to do as they get more and more frustrated with sleep problems). Routines take a bit of time and experimentation.

  • Totally agree, we should get out of bed as soon as the alarm rings, when it comes to productivity every minute counts.

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