The snooze button and the way we live our lives

Your Snooze Button is making you feel tired,

Monday morning, new hopes, new energy flowing through our bodies accompanied by the excitement of the thought that ‘someday’ it will be a ‘new me’, a new ‘BETTER’ me. We all have this train of thoughts, especially on Sunday evenings when we plan the week ahead.So, the sun arises, the morning is there and the alarm “Ring, ring, ring!”  And we decide, in a glimpse of an eye, to touch the snooze button, to take that important piece of heavy 5 more minutes on board and feed ourselves with sleep and special powers. We do everything in those 5 minutes: we continue our amazing dream about Star Trek Enterprise, we fly, we surround ourselves with the best movie stars and so manyyyy things we do in those 5 minutes…Sometimes, we get greedy and we take more minutes, just for ourselves, we lie to ourselves with the sanity of a crazy person that we can rush that much that we will still be in time and still get that great breakfast that will fuel our day.

At the end, after all this fallacy, we realize that we really have to wake up, to rush about and get to work. Sometimes the breakfast remains just a good wish, we get dressed very quickly and get to work. Our general attitude is completely changed now, we NEED COFFEE!

So we end up being tired, irritable, and in need of several cups of coffee in order to stay awake, we need to be let alone to get into a creative head space before noon.

Maybe you feel you’re likely experiencing a case of social jet lag, caused by waking up at different times and constantly hitting that snooze button over the course of the week.

INSIGHT
The snooze button makes us feel tired, lack energy and irritable.

Infinity-Time1CHALLENGE
Teach your body not using the alarm clock!


We all have our internal clock, that unconsciously use in order to get things done. Let’s all use it and trust our internal compasses. Ok, is very hard to do this.
A small piece of article from a Psychology magazine, reveals the science behind:

  • “Your body is most efficient when there’s a routine to follow. So if you hit the hay the same time each night and awake the same time each morning, your body locks that behavior in. And that’s where things get sciency…If you follow a diligent sleep routine—waking up the same time every day—your body learns to increase your PER levels in time for your alarm.” 

Beat the clock!

  • Your sleep-wake cycle is regulated by a protein called PER. The protein level rises and falls each day, peaking in the evening and plummeting at night. When PER levels are low, your blood pressure drops, heart rate slows, and thinking becomes foggier. You get sleepy.
  • About an hour before you’re supposed to wake up, PER levels rise (along with your body temperature and blood pressure). To prepare for the stress of waking, your body releases a cocktail of stress hormones, like cortisol. Gradually, your sleep becomes lighter and lighter.

And that’s why you wake up before your alarm. Your body hates your alarm clock. It’s jarring. It’s stressful. And it ruins all that hard work. It defeats the purpose of gradually waking up. So, to avoid being interrupted, your body does something amazing: It starts increasing PER and stress hormones earlier in the night. Your body gets a head start so the waking process isn’t cut short. It’s so precise that your eyelids open minutes—maybe even seconds—before the alarm goes off.

You snooze, you lose!There’s evidence you can will yourself to wake on time, too. There were made plenty of experiments on volunteers, trying to prove the fact that we have our internal clock.

Incidentally, if you don’t wake before your alarm, you probably aren’t getting enough sleep—or you aren’t sleeping on a consistent schedule. Waking up at different times on weekdays and weekends can quickly throw your clock out of whack. Without any consistency, your body may not know when to get up. So when your alarm starts screaming, you feel dazed and grumpy.

What happens when we snooze

Enter the snooze button. Since your body’s gone through all that work to rise gradually, a quick nap sends your internal clock spinning in the wrong direction. All the hormones that help you fall asleep meddle with the hormones that help you wake up. Your body gets confused. You feel groggier. And with each slap of the snooze, it gets worse. The snooze, it seems, is the worst way to start your day.

Take my challenge and teach your body to wake up the same hour!

The way we spend our days is the way we spend our lives

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. As I wrote in a previous article, I decided to live every moment with happiness (pleasure and purpose) and to be present in everything I do, without any ‘snoozes’
I decided not to put happiness on ‘snooze button’ and to value each moment. I love routines and schedules and is a salvation tool for be to be productive and happy.
A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time. A schedule is a mock-up of reason and order—willed, faked, and so brought into being; it is a peace and a haven set into the wreck of time; it is a lifeboat on which you find yourself, decades later, still living. Each day is the same, so you remember the series afterward as a blurred and powerful pattern. What remains at the end is the way we felt, the memory of our feelings.

I defined in my last article a good day as being a day spent with enough moments of pleasures and enough moments of deep purpose. We have our own formulas for happiness and for good days. In terms of routine, I would say that, in order to be happy we have to live this formula everyday.

~There is no shortage of good days. It is good lives that are yet to come by. A life of good days lived in the senses is not enough. The life of sensation, pleasure is more about the life of greed; it requires more and more. The life of the spirit, purpose requires less and less material and more and more exploration; time is ample and its passage sweet. Who would call a day spent reading a good day? Who would call a day spent with friends a good day? Who would call a good day a day spent on working a project that you love? 
You and only you, can decide to create your own recipe of a ‘good day’. Add your own quantities of pleasure, excitement and purpose to make your life tasty and worth living.~
If you would like to join our next event about creating a great, empowering mindset for this year, click the link below:
POSITIVITY –  the fuel for a brilliant mind 

Have a happy Day!

Laura

Development Coach
Elite Vision Coaching

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