Why you shouldn't hit the snooze button when your alarm goes off

Read on if you are in the habit of giving yourself an extra five minutes in bed...

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Mornings may not be your best time - but hitting the snooze button after a night's sleep may be causing more harm than good.

One Wall Street Journal reader wrote to the newspaper's advice columnist asking how many times they should hit snooze.

Apparently the answer is: Never.

Setting the alarm for slightly before you actually need to get up is tempting - but if you depend on the snooze button, your body will never learn the cause and effect of hearing the alarm and getting up.

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Experts say our bodies need rules. Like eating at certain times when you're hungry.

If you hit snooze a few times and sleep in for 5 10 or 15 minutes, your body will never learn the rule of hearing the alarm and getting out of bed.