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Most people set up an alarm, but most will snooze it to sleep for some extra minutes. Research by the University of Notre Dame has established that 57% sleep in whenever their alarm goes off. 

Rising earlier is healthy and productive 

In general, research shows that rising earlier is more productive and healthier. It seems that morning spent in bed is wasted time. But most individuals can understand the simple joy of shutting off their alarm and dozing asleep again for an extra nap. Unexpectedly, the practice of sleeping in has received very little attention from the medical and scientific professions. Why do we like to sleep in so much? How many times a day does the typical person press the snooze button? The UND group set out to provide answers to these queries.

Notre Dame postdoctoral researcher Stephen Mattingly said that most of the knowledge about sleeping is derived from research on stress, sleep, or related activities. Snooze buttons are seen on smartphones and alarm clocks alike. The medical community typically opposes the practice of snoozing. However, when researchers looked for any strong evidence, they found none.

Most people snooze the alarm because they are tired, and sleeping in is how they cope. But, according to CDC, only a third of Americans are getting enough sleep which implies most people are turning to other ways of managing fatigue. 

Women are more likely to snooze their alarm than men. 

Among the people more likely to snooze their alarm are women relative to men. Those that snooze their alarms tend to walk less and experience sleep disturbances. Most of the individuals that snooze alarms work white-collar jobs. 

Mattingly explained that the statistics are representative of a small sample best positioned to offer information regarding sleeping habits. However, he added that they have no idea of how different age groups, like adolescents or low-income households, are sleep deprived that this study respondents. 

In terms of when someone wakes up, the study found that night owls were more likely to snooze their alarm than early risers.