Why I Hate The Snooze Button: A Blog in Pictures

Alarm clocks. The bane of human existence since 1807. (I’m guessing. I don’t really know when they were invented. But 1807 has a ring to it, so I’m going with it.) Sometime in the 80s, a man intent on torturing wives invented the snooze button. And society as we knew it began to crumble.

I’ve never been a user of the snooze button. I think it’s silly. If you want to sleep until 6:02 a.m., set your alarm to wake you at 6:02 a.m. Don’t set it for 5:45 a.m. and then spend the next 17 minutes slapping the stupid thing into submission.

Maybe it’s just because I’m a light sleeper. Maybe it’s because I’m not a morning person. Or maybe it’s because there’s nothing more grating that that “BEEP BEEP BEEP” sound. Especially when it occurs much earlier than you’d anticipated.

See, here’s how the snooze button works at my house. My husband, ever on the go, inevitably has to be up much earlier than I do. So his alarm goes off before the sun comes up on a regular basis.

You will note that, at the time of the first alarm, the entire household (four cats included) is sleeping soundly. And most everyone will sleep through that first alarm. Except for me.

Brian pommels the clock into silence and falls immediately back to sleep. And I lay there, now wide awake, with the knowledge that over the course of the next 20 minutes, that alarm will go off again. And again. And again.

A million thoughts roll through my head in those first few minutes. “Did he really hit the snooze button? Or did he turn the alarm off completely? What if he turned it off completely—he can’t be late for class today. I guess I’ll just lay here and watch the minutes tick by, and if he’s not up by 6:15, I’ll wake him up myself. Great. Perfect. Just wonderful.”

Finally, I feel my eyelids begin to get heavy again. Deciding once and for all that he’s a grown man who can wake himself up for class, I allow myself to drift somewhere between asleep and awake. My body relaxes, my mind begins to quiet, and I float toward dreamland. And then…

Now I’m mad. Not only am I awake, but Cat #1 realizes I’m awake and begins his “Mommy’s Awake So Let Me Wash My Tail and Knead Her Pillow Into Oblivion Until She Pets Me” routine. And Cat #3, our most vocal feline when it comes to meal time, descends from his perch at the foot of the bed and begins yowling for his breakfast. And my husband stretches, yawns, and opens his eyes to the world that I’ve been aware of now for exactly 17 minutes.

Now Cat #2 joins Cat #3 in the “Feed Me Now” campaign, and Cat #4 begins the “Catch Mom’s Toe Under The Blanket” game. And Brian and I lay a moment in silence, both of us aware of what’s coming next.

*Full Disclosure: my husband has not used his snooze button since very early on in our relationship. When we first moved in together, he was a 3-times-a-morning snooze button user.  It became apparent a few months into our relationship that his addiction to the snooze button was a possible deal breaker. Eventually he came over to my way of thinking. And he does his waking up on the couch instead of in bed. Which is where I’ll be, sound asleep. Mostly. If Cats 1 through 4 cooperate.

17 thoughts on “Why I Hate The Snooze Button: A Blog in Pictures

    1. Abby

      I knew, when I clicked “publish” on this blog, that you would be the first to comment. And that you would send me the date of alarm clock inception. Thank you for being a reliable, if somewhat predictable, source of information. 😉

  1. blissflower1969

    I am so with you. It used to drive me crazy when my husband would use the snooze. I’m like you- why go in and out of sleep for 20-30 minutes when you can have a solid 30 minutes of extra sleep? Ugh.
    I too, have forced him to come to the dark side. The worst was one year when we were at his folks’ house. In the course of an hour, three different people had their alarms going off and all hit snooze at least two times. I ended up going out to the car to sleep because the noise was making me mental.

  2. Stephanie

    Do you sleep in my bed? Because we have this exact same issue. Right down to the “I can’t fall asleep, because what if he accidentally turned the alarm off”. And yes, it’s happened. And I can’t just say “screw it”, because if he’s late, then he’s AWOL and he’s in big, big trouble. Bah.

    1. Abby

      Yeah, B gets in big trouble if he’s late, too. It’s why I end up laying there awake, instead of allowing myself to fall back into REM sleep.

  3. ElinaMK

    Ha ha ha ha ha…

    I am a fellow ‘snooze button’ worshipper like Brian, and on more than one occasion I’ve accidentally turned the alarm off – suffice to say I’ve broken the world record for fastest ‘wake up/bathroom break/shower/get dressed/reach the office’ trip many times!!!

  4. Jenna

    Reid has stopped using an alarm altogether because he regularly sleeps through it (he could also sleep through tornadoes and/or mortar fire). I am his human alarm and, until recently, he would ask me to “come back in five minutes” repeatedly every morning. So, it could be worse, you could have to be a snooze button.

  5. Gia

    Hahah my roommate in college did that and i thought it was SO RUDE for exactly that reason – it’s designed to mak sure you get up by annoying the hell out of you over and over again. So when she got up at 6:30 and I didn’t have to get up til 10, it was heinously annoying.

    1. Abby

      I had a roommate who was snooze-button-happy for awhile, too. Until I broke her alarm clock. Then I got a new roommate. (I’m kidding. Mostly.)

  6. Youngman Brown

    I have been known to go for two hours, hitting the snooze button. But this only happens on the weekend, when I had anticipated big things for that day the night before.

    And there was nobody else in the house to annoy, so I guess it is okay.

  7. Crack You Whip

    I use my phone now, but I tried the snooze button a few times when I had a clock and it didn’t work for me as I just wanted to keep pressing it and pressing it until forever. Late for work…

  8. Michael

    I’m crying from laughing so hard. I admit I am a 3x button user but I can relate to your struggle with the cats. I ahve 4 as well, and one is VERY vocal about demanding his food. I refuse to let them in the bedroom so I also get the attempts to open the door.

  9. Lauren

    New to your blog and love it. I had to change my alarm to this gentle sound b/c i was on verge of a heart attack every morning. I’m a nutritionist and that snooze button leaves many clients workout-less too. Can’t wait to read more.

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