Hitting snooze button makes it worse
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Hitting snooze button makes it worse

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health and fitness Updated: Mar 21, 2012 23:13 IST

Be careful the next time you hit the snooze button of the alarm clock to grab some extra sleep in the morning after a sleepless night, for a study says that it could actually make things worse.

This is because it would throw the body’s natural clock off its natural rhythm and exacerbates the problem, according to researchers at Loughborough University.

Even insomniacs who have not slept at all would be better off getting up at the same time each morning rather than staying in bed to grab some extra sleep, said professor Kevin Morgan, who led the two-year study.

The study, which involved more than a thousand people, found that those with insomnia — a condition which affects one in 10 adults — were 10% less efficient at work than their colleagues, The Daily Telegraph reported.

People with the condition, which can be short-term or chronic and causes difficulty falling or staying asleep, were more likely to be absent, have accidents in the workplace and to be unhappy in their jobs.

Insomnia can be effectively treated with drugs or talking therapy sessions, but many people may not realise they have a problem and try to compensate by having a lie-in, professor Morgan was quoted as saying.

First Published: Mar 21, 2012 23:03 IST