The Reason Why You are Depressed Immediately After Waking Up. And the Simple Method to Fix It

Devin Arrigo

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The sound in the stadium is deafening.

With each step I take, I can feel the adrenaline coursing through my veins. My heart is working overtime, and my lungs are burning.

As I dodge the final defender, I look up and see only green grass separating me from the game-winning touchdown in Super Bowl LV.

Before I cross the goal line, I look up to take it all in…

“Wow, I’m scoring the winning touchdown in the Super Bowl! This is…”


Just as I was about to become the Super Bowl MVP, my alarm abruptly takes it away from me. Just like that.

While it would have been nice to score the touchdown of my dreams, I tell myself that a couple more minutes of sleep is a close second.

As I lazily reach over to snooze my alarm, a thought pops into my head:

“Are you really going to do this again, Devin?”

I’m not sure where the thought came from, but it hit me like a ton of bricks.

Every time I hit the snooze button, I wake up a few minutes later feeling disappointed in myself. I know I can do better and be better.

And the extra couple minutes of sleep left me feeling more tired than before. To boot, my days are less productive, and generally, I start the day off feeling sad and depressed, knowing I had more to give.

All that from one “tiny” decision — doesn’t seem worth it to me.

As I sat there, weighing this decision in my head, I started thinking more about what the snooze button represents.

When you snooze, you wake up to immediate failure. You’re behind the power curve and left playing catch-up for the rest of the day. It’s a recipe for a terrible day and an even worse week.

However, when you resist the urge to snooze, you’re starting your day with a win. Now you feel better about yourself. More confident. More resilient. More ready to tackle any challenge thrown at you.

This is why hitting the snooze button is such a big deal.

Opt for a few more minutes of sleep, and you’re setting yourself up for a crappy day.

Sacrifice now and get up, and you’re setting yourself up for one heck of a day.

So the next time you get yanked out of your favorite dream, and your pillow is coercing you back to sleep, don’t give in. Don’t hit the snooze button.

Instead, feel the discomfort and accept it for what it is — an opportunity to start the day off right. To kick off your day with a win. To punch life in the mouth and start the day smiling.

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Los Angeles, CA

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