So the guy who created an app so that fellow college students could rate whether classmates were “hot or not” and later evolved it into a Billion dollar company has now come up with this, which he claims he built for his wife to help her decide if it’s time to wake up.
I would imagine the gift exchange went something like this;
“Honey, you know how you’re having a hard time sleeping? Well, I made something for you— or actually I did a doodle and then handed it off to my design team who then handed that off to my prototype team and they came up with this!”
Hands it to her.
She looks at it for a few minutes; “What the hell is this?” You can’t blame her for being impatient— it’s a wooden box and she’s tired.
“It’s a sleep box! You know how sometimes you wake up and it’s still dark out so you look at the clock and realize you still have several hours left to sleep— or you wake up and it’s sunny out but you still don’t have to get up, only you’re up now because you just looked at the clock? Well, no more! You look at this and if the little light is on at the bottom of the box then you know you should get up— if it’s not then you can go back to sleep! Isn’t that great!?”
“So it’s a box that light’s up to let me know it’s time to wake up?”
“How will I know what time it is?”
“Well, um, you look at the clock I guess.”
The comments on the news story I read about this invention made me laugh out loud— one of them was “doesn’t the sun do the same thing?”
But here’s the thing— I kind of get this.
In a normal week we can get up whenever we want to— the only thing that changes that is Austin, our 11 pound Yorkie who sleeps at the foot of our bed. If he gets up that means he needs to go out so we have to follow him. Most days he likes to sleep in, but once in a while he needs to get up.
Last week I had an unusually busy morning schedule— I had three different days where I needed to be somewhere at 9am— all three appointments were very important so I set an alarm. But when I set an alarm I always have a nagging feeling as the morning approaches that I forgot to set that alarm, or that it won’t go off, or that I won’t hear it— in other words I start to worry that I won’t get up in time so I find myself checking my iPhone, checking the alarm set and by that time I’m awake enough that I might as well get up.
I also don’t have any idea what time the sun rises. I think it’s around 6am in the first half of the year but I wouldn’t bet my appointment on that. We have a bunch of little kids who wait for a school bus on our corner at 830am every day so they are usually our alarm clock— but again if I’ve got to be somewhere at 9 that means I need to get up between 730-8am.
Maybe this box would work— you’d glance at it and see no light and then go back to sleep. Knowing Zuckerberg this thing will be $300 and it will track your sleep data and sell it to a mattress company so on second thought I think I’ll just pass on it.