Are You Committing a Sleep Crime?

March 2, 2018

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Are You Committing a Sleep Crime?

Melanie Onser (12) sleeping the night away with her dog

Melanie Onser (12) sleeping the night away with her dog

Nigel Ice

Melanie Onser (12) sleeping the night away with her dog

Nigel Ice

Nigel Ice

Melanie Onser (12) sleeping the night away with her dog

What is the first thing you do when you wake up? Do you check your phone, hit the snooze button, or just ignore the alarm altogether and go back to sleep? If so, you are committing some of the most heinous sleeping crimes. To ensure you have an easy and productive day, omit these sleep crimes from your morning routine.

  1. Pressing snooze on your alarm. Snoozing can be nice on cold, rainy Monday morning, but is it really worth it? Scientists say that repeatedly hitting the snooze button on your alarm can cause you to not feel refreshed, but groggy due to you falling into a sleep cycle that will not finish. If you think you might be a snoozer you might want to think twice next time you reach for that snooze button.
  2. Checking your phone right after you wake up. While it may seem necessary, that is a very unhealthy habit. Checking your phone in the morning can cause stress to your eyes throughout the day. Also, if you wake up to a reminder about a test or presentation you have been stressing about, that stress could last the whole day.
  3. Not making your bed. Admittedly, making your bed can seem pointless in the morning. You are just going to get right back into it the following night and ruin your hard work, right? But what if making your bed had more benefits than just making your room look nice? Scientists say that people who make their bed in the morning are more productive throughout the rest of the day compared to people who do not. Who knew that Superman bed sheets would make you more productive?
  4. Drinking coffee first thing in the morning. Drinking coffee is a part of most morning routines. Coffee drinkers claim that it wakes them up and make their morning easier. Actually, if you drink coffee between 8 am and 9 am you are producing less cortisol in the stress hormones, therefore, making your stress levels go up early. If you are a constant coffee drinker make sure you start after 9:30 am when the stress is down.
  5. Not getting up out of bed. Staying in bed for a while after waking up can be nice. You do not want to have to leave your comfy, warm bed and go out into the cold, harsh world every day, but it is not exactly good for you. Research says that getting out of bed when you first wake up boosts confidence for the rest of your day. If you choose to do this, the world may not seem so cold and harsh after all.

Sleep is one of the most important things that our bodies need to function and is a favorite activity for high schools students. Make sure you are doing it right by avoiding these sleep crimes.

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