Are you the type to bound out of bed just before your alarm goes off or someone who relies on several tactically-spaced out buzzers to get you out of the door each morning?
This could mean more than simply being lazy or energetic.
In fact, for one psychologist and behavioural expert, Jaimie Bloch, from MindMovers Psychology in Sydney, how quickly you get up in the morning is all about what happened the night before, and the evenings before that.
the expert said it’s all about routine and internal body clocks: ‘The psychological reason behind why some people wake up on their first alarm – or maybe a couple of minutes before – is because these people have good sleep routines,’ Ms Bloch said. ‘They tend to go to bed at the same time each night, they have the same routine before they sleep, and have adequate hours of sleep a night that is generally not interrupted by outside stimuli like electronics, noises, snoring partners and the like.’
Basically, your brain expects you to get up – and so you do.
On the other hand, the psychologist said that people who rely on a few 6.30, 6.35, 6.40, 6.45 alarms to get out of their warm, cosy beds is a sign that their ‘internal body clock is out of whack’. ‘They’re likely having disrupted sleep, which can be caused by a range of factors – work stress, ruminative thinking, soreness from gym and exercise, too much screen time and checking social media before bed,’ she told the publication. Lax work/life boundaries can also play a part in why you can’t get up.
Think those who check their emails after they leave work and then get stressed and spend excessive amounts of time online in the home. Ms Bloch also highlighted shift workers as being susceptible to snoozing, as they’re going against the body’s natural circadian rhythms. ‘Having a partner who works weird hours can disturb you too, as can having a partner who snores,’ she added.