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Let's sleep on this

A few winks after the alarm goes off isn't a great idea, says a study. So get up early and doze off at work.

india Updated: Mar 22, 2012 23:32 IST

We have all been through this. The ghastly alarm rings in the morning, you leap up and hit the snooze button and collapse into bed to get that extra 15 minutes of shut eye before facing the day. You wake up feeling a sense of triumph, of having cheated time. But dear reader, you are only cheating yourself. According to researchers at Loughborough University, this extra zzz time throws the body's clock off kilter and you are not rested as much as you would be if you were up like a shot at the first alarm.

This is worrying news for those of us for whom this congenital desire to grab a few extra winks cannot be shaken off so easily. It would also seem that the same study found that insomnia makes people less efficient at work. With us, this happens even without such a sleep deprived condition. But we have a solution to this. By all means, get cracking at the first trill of your alarm clock. But we are firm believers that what you lose on the roundabout, you can make up on the swing. So, rush to work and after a quick pretence of activity, you could very easily get in a snooze on the job. This will ensure that you are not dog tired when you get home. So you can stay up tripping the light fantastic and still have got in your quota of sleep. Will your employer appreciate your lopping off work hours in this manner? Unlikely. But then, we could always argue that a short power nap would be infinitely preferable to us sleepwalking our way through work.

That should do the trick. In fact, we should ask for a snooze allowance. This way, we will be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and super productive. Gosh, all this talk of sleep is making us sleepy. Do excuse us while we drift off a bit.