Scientists have saved everyone who finds it difficult to get up early from the pangs of conscience.  But they called the alarm clock evil, violating the biochemistry of the brain
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Scientists have saved everyone who finds it difficult to get up early from the pangs of conscience. But they called the alarm clock evil, violating the biochemistry of the brain

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What, seven already? Well, five more minutes. Alarm clock again? No, I’ll sleep for two more minutes.

If you are negotiating with your alarm clock in the morning, you can exhale. First, you are not alone. More than half of adults (57%) do not wake up after the first signal, they rearrange the alarm clock several times. And secondly, this is not such a bad habit as it was previously thought. Scientists at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana (USA) rehabilitated the morning “sleeping”.

Actually, what’s the harm? Doctors and sleepologists were sure that the alarm clock ringing every five minutes knocked down the natural cycles of sleep. The person has already woken up, but immediately dozed off again – and the body begins a new sleep cycle, which, in theory, should last about an hour and a half. A few minutes later it rings again – and again awakening, and if you don’t get up, then the beginning of a new sleep cycle, which will also be interrupted in a couple of minutes.

However, these are theoretical considerations, there have been no serious studies of multiple awakening so far, scientists from Indiana, led by a neurologist, realized Stephen Mattingly. And we decided to correct the omission.

The experiment involved 450 people, men and women of different ages. Wake up time and sleep phases were tracked using smartwatches, and participants also regularly answered questions from scientists. Many of them honestly admitted that in the morning they like to fill up and rearrange the alarm clock. Women do it twice as often as men. Youth – more often than the elderly. And owls are more common than larks. Another pattern – the less physical activity during the day (it was recorded by the same smart watch), the more likely it will be difficult to wake up in the morning,

The first conclusion: the problem is not at all in a few alarm clocks, but in the fact that most people, in principle, sleep little and suffer from chronic sleep deprivation. Of course, it is difficult for them to get up in the morning. And if there is one thing to do, it is to establish a sleep pattern and treat insomnia.

“Ideally, you need to sleep enough to wake up without an alarm at all, because you slept and rested,” advises Mattingly. Who would argue!

The second conclusion: there is no connection between how many times the alarm clock rang before its owner broke away from the pillow, and how a person will feel during the day.

And the third – dosypanie has pluses.

– It’s like with stress: stress is not always bad, sometimes it is useful, it activates the body’s reserves. There is a time and a place for everything,” Mattingly explains.

If a person wakes up for a long time, with the help of several alarm clocks, then when he physically gets out of bed, most likely, he will already be more alert and active than if he jumped up immediately after the first call.

– This is important, for example, if you need to immediately get behind the wheel and be vigilant on the road. And it reduces dependence on caffeine, – the scientist gives examples.

What about sleep phases? Breaking their alarm clock? Yes. But he does it anyway, rings once or five times (although now there are smart alarm clocks with sleep trackers, but not everyone uses them).

– When you wake up during REM sleep (aka the REM phase, during which we have the most vivid dreams), your brain is already on its way to full awakening. Hormone levels during this stage are different compared to the deep sleep phase. If we wake up naturally, without an alarm clock, the body experiences a slight stress before waking up. This is normal, such a physiological reaction contributes to the fact that a person feels alert when he wakes up. Waking up with an alarm means waking up with disturbed brain biochemistry, this is a blow to the body, – Stephen Mattingly is not happy.

The only question is how to combine this knowledge with real life – and not be late for school and work.

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