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Some people's feet the floor the moment their alarm goes off, and other people frantically hit the snooze button, certain that another few minutes beneath the sheets will make the world of difference.

If you're firmly in the latter camp, you may be interested to hear that your daily habit is playing havoc with your nervous system.

According to Professor Matthew Walker of the University of California’s Centre for Human Sleep Science, hitting the snooze button every morning inflicts 'cardiovascular assault' on the body.

As we all know, the sound of the alarm in itself creates stress, but to willingly inflict it over and over in a short period of time is a recipe for disaster.

In a piece penned for the Daily Mail, Professor Walker explained: "When we are artificially wrenched from sleep by an alarm clock, a burst of activity from the fight-or-flight branch of the nervous system causes a spike in blood pressure and a shock acceleration in heart rate."

"If alarming your heart, quite literally, were not bad enough, using the snooze feature means you will repeatedly inflict that cardiovascular assault again and again within a short span of time."

Elaborating on this, he continued: "Repeating this at least five days a week in your working life, can cause multiplicative abuse to your heart and nervous system."

As there are few of us who would manage to wake up without the help of an alarm, Professor Walker suggests we simply ditch the 'snooze' habit in order to sidestep any potential cardiovascular issues.

"If you use an alarm clock, do away with the snooze function and get in the habit of waking up once to spare your heart the repeated shock."

Easier said than done, right?

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There are some people whose feet hit the floor the moment their alarm sounds in the morning… and then there's the rest of us.

Setting multiple alarms at night before desperately stabbing the snooze button the following morning is as regular a routine for many of us as brushing our teeth and losing our keys.

If, however, giving yourself those extra few minutes in bed rarely has the desired effect, it's likely you've fallen victim to sleep inertia.

According to ASAP Science, regularly using the snooze button has a woeful effect on your body's sleep cycle, and if you immediately fall back asleep after going for the ol' 'snooze and roll over' move, you're setting yourself up for a day of despair,

Each time you press snooze and go back asleep, you delay the wake-up process, confuse your body and are forced to endure even more sleep inertia as the day progresses.

Thankfully, this groggy feeling – which many of us have become accustomed to – lifts throughout the day, but if you want to see the back of it forever, the experts suggest you pretend the snooze button doesn't exist. 

We can't promise we'll try, but we'll TRY to try.

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Colin Furze, otherwise known as the mad engineer, has designed the perfect bed for those of you who find it difficult to drag yourselves out of the scratcher in the morning. 

He has created a new bed which is both terrifying and genius… and we kind of want one for ourselves. The high voltage ejector bed is the next step in helping people get up when their alarm goes off. There's no such thing as hitting the snooze with this contraption as it doesn't take no for an answer and will literally throw you out of the bed.

Colin designed and made most of the invention at home in his garage before putting up a video on YouTube demonstrating how the bed works. 

 

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