Friday, September 9, 2011

TGIF #7: The Snooze Button


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Are you the kind of person who bounces out of bed as soon as the alarm goes off? I am not. Some people cannot wake up until they hear a loud noise which jerks them awake but I prefer a more gentle approach. Most of my alarm tones are soft and melodious and serve to nudge me awake rather than shaking me up. I generally roll around for some, try and bury my head into my pillow and wish the world to go away. But obviously since I have a life, I need to get up eventually. If you are anything like me, then the snooze button on your mobile phone must surely be one of the most used.

Usually I set the alarm to go off about 15 – 20 minutes before the actual time that I might need to wake up. This way once the initial alarm wakes me up, somehow there is a smug sense of satisfaction, knowing that I can sleep an extra 5 or 10 minutes! What’s more I can comfortably doze off again, secure in the knowledge that the alarm will faithfully ring again in a short while. At times when I don’t happen to have my phone with me or if it has simply died as I have forgotten to feed it some life-giving charge, I end up being paranoid – waking up intermittently every 2 minutes into my dozing period and checking the time , afraid that I might have overslept.  Of course, there are also times when I mistakenly press the ‘off’ button instead of the ‘snooze’ in my semi-sleepy state, which then leads to inevitable delays accompanied by inappropriate cursing.

I know that research suggests people are better off without the snooze button as apparently it only makes you sleepier and lethargic. I also realize it probably goes to show the extent of our dependence on machines and gadgets in our day-to-day lives. But hey! It works for me and I’m not complaining! Sometimes we never acknowledge the small and seemingly insignificant things in our lives, that go a long way in making our lives far more comfortable, easy and dare I say lazy too?!. The poor little snooze button is one such thing. Thank God for it! 

14 comments:

  1. "I'm the kind of person who bounces out of bed as soon as the alarm goes off"...and press the snooze button and sleep for another precious 10 minutes ;). I would have slept for hours, but that extra fifteen minutes is so very precious :)

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  2. I have a love-hate relationship with the snooze button. I love it when I use it for myself, but absolutely detest it when someone next to me uses it every 5 minutes for 30-40 minutes, totally shattering my blissful state! :)

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  3. :) haha :) i wake up without snooze :D

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  4. I can absolutely relate to your post... Even I have an alarm time set 30 minutes before the actual time I need to wake up... Whatte pleasure in having that extra sleep?

    Our brain got used to that extra sleeping so we need to cheat like this to have that joy :)

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  5. @Neeraja: By "someone next to me" do you mean Anand ;-)
    But I get what you mean! Ajay keeps doing that a lot-and I hate it! Especially on holidays/weekends! Aarrghh! I wanna sleeeppp! Lol!

    @Chintan: Wow! Good for you!

    @Anand: Yep true!

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  6. till now was never used to it[UG period]...after joining PG it has become a necessity...allowing me to sleep for an extra 10min!!.....have started liking it...

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  7. Blogger's acting crazy and not displaying some of the comments :-(

    From Meera:
    Anne about the snooze button.. it is not useful. Just makes you go back to sleep :-)When I was in school and college I used to have a terrible clanging alarm coz I wanted to wake everyone up when I did - gave me a sadistic pleasure I guess. But these days I enjoy the quiet the dawn brings with it!

    From Arpitha:
    Arpitha Holla has left a new comment on your post "TGIF #7: The Snooze Button":

    nice post.. i do the same thing but a little diffrently as i keep the alarm for atleast half an hour before i want to wake up nd give the snooze as 5 mins or 10 mins.. :) so by the time i have to get up i would hav pressed snooze atleast 3 to 5 times.. :) :)

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  8. @Meera: So it makes me go back to sleep-how can that not be useful?!? Sleeping is very good for health Meera ;-)
    Actually I always liked the way my dad woke me up - very sweetly and gently cajoling me to wake up. My mom in a hurry to finish cooking and inbetween getting ready for work, used to come and give one shout to make you jump out of bed! Or cleverly switch off the fan - that was her wicked tactic ;-)I try to wake up people as gently as possible-although some people need great effort!!

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  9. @Arpitha: Ha! The lil pleasures of life ;-)

    @Broca: Join the club ;-)

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  10. S'noose' the nap.Never realised the 'invincible slumber shattering button' could cause so much debate...well written !!

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  11. Good yaar.. You can get a sleep in that 10-15 minutes Snooze period! Even I use them in the morning... But I never get sleep!!! So I prefer to wake up when it rings the first time after rolling on the bed for some time..

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  12. thank god for the snooze button!

    there are times i have woken up before the alarm went off & waited for it to ring :(

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  13. @Sujatha: Yep me too sometimes!

    @Sunil: I don't know whether you are lucky because you can get up so easily or unlucky because you can't savour the joy of sleeping those extra 10 mins!!

    @The Mind Behind: Thanks for your sweet comment!

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