Rachman Stopped Sleeping in

You know the feeling…

You wake up to the alarm blaring, and you smash the snooze button.

Five minutes later, again the alarm, and again you hit the snooze button.

Sound a little too familiar?

For many people, waking up in the morning is difficult. For Rachman… it’s extremely difficult. Watch his video below where he talks about how he currently wakes up, and how he’s using Pavlok to change his bad habit.


What’s up? This is Rachman Blake. I’m using Pavlok ­– oh yeah, right here – to break two bad habits that have been plaguing me for some time. So a little backstory, I am not much of a morning person, I can’t wake up really early. But, when I do wake up early, I’m extremely affected. What ends up happening is what you see right now. I stay up way too late and I start to get bags under my eyes because I don’t sleep enough.

One thing I wanna do is wake up at 7 o’clock. Every time I try to do that, I’ll just hit the snooze button on my iPhone and then go back to sleep. I’ve done a few things in the past. This is actually very funny – I’ve tried to create a micro habit of just getting out of the bed by 7AM. So to start it off, by just 7 o’clock I would just literally roll out of bed onto the floor. But then I just start sleeping on the floor uncomfortably for another 2 hours and then I would wake up with a —- ache in my back and have a —— day. So that’s it.

The second thing that I did was: I wake up and I would go to the bathroom but I didn’t have the need to pee, I just had to be out of the bed. So I’d wake up and then walk to the bathroom and then just sit on the toilet and then fall asleep. And then wake up like 2 hours later, you know, angry, my roommates were pissed off because I was in there and they thought I was masturbating or something like that.

Then Maneesh [Founder of Pavlok] recommended that instead of hitting the snooze button or doing any of this other weird stuff, that I just hit the Pavlok, which will shock me. And basically, that helps wake me up, one. And then two, it creates a negative association with hitting the snooze button, meaning like it’s; “The snooze button never ——- works anyway” That’s why they call it the snooze button, so you could snooze more. It’s not like get-out-of-bed button. Why would you put the snooze button in an alarm clock when it’s alarm clock it’s supposed to wake you up? Like snooze more! That doesn’t make any sense.

If you set the alarm clock to wake up, why would you hit a snooze button to sleep? It should be called the sleep-more-and-get-fired button cause that’s what’s gonna happen when you keep hitting that damn thing. Anyway, sorry, I didn’t mean to use my big voice.

Instead of hitting the sleep-more-eventually-get-fired-waste-your-life button, I hit the Pavlok, which is great because it create a negative association between the cue. The cue which is waking up – No, the cue is the – I need more sleep. Okay.

The cue…. —- Cue’s button in the routine is the “prooo”. No that’s the cue. You guys figure that out.

Anyway, so I do that, right? And it creates a negative association between hitting the snooze-get-fired button and negative association. So, I hit the cue button- the snooze button and I equate that with getting a shock. So if I’m still in bed, instead of hitting the snooze button when I hear my alarm go off, I keep hitting the Pavlok. And that was enough to just jolt me awake. Once I’m awake, I’m awake – I’m good.

Breaking the bad habit of oversleeping by instead of hitting the snooze-get-fired button, I instead hit the Pavlok, which creates a negative association from hitting the snooze button, which equates to more money. Somewhere down that line. Alright.

One thought on “Rachman Stopped Sleeping in

  1. 1) Is there a way to link an actual snooze button to the Pavlok shock?
    2) How fool proof can this scenario be? For example, can the Pavlok be linked to not getting out of bed / getting back into bed? Or is it all mostly manual atm?

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