Not a morning person? You’re far from alone.
We all wish we could spring out of bed all wide-eyed, bushy-tailed, and ready for action.
But chances are, you find yourself hitting the snooze button more often than not.
Believe it or not, that snooze button habit is something that might actually work in your favor.
It might actually be better to let yourself get that little bit of extra sleep in the morning, rather than forcing yourself out of bed.
A recent study from the University of California San Francisco found that just 36 extra minutes could have a significant effect on daytime sleepiness and general fatigue.
Check it out:
Over the course of a four-week training camp, 17 players got two nights of their regular amount of sleep. Then the members of that group were randomly selected to have either five nights of extended sleep or five nights of their habitual amount of sleep.
The players in the first group went from getting 6.3 hours a night to 6.9 hours. Even though it may not seem like 36 minutes would make that much of a difference, it had some significant positive effects.
The researchers found that the players’ daytime sleepiness, fatigue and tension decreased by more than one-third with the longer duration of sleep.
So what does this mean for you? If you’re a business owner or freelancer who sets your own schedule, don’t be afraid to hit “snooze.” Chances are, your body needs that extra half hour of sleep to ensure that you’re at peak mental acuity and physical energy the next day.
You can read more about the study and its results over at Entrepreneur.