The App That’s Revolutionised My Mornings

Break the cycle of the snooze button

Are you a snoozer?  I definitely am.  Over the years I’ve resorted to multiple strategies to try and get me out of bed with varying degrees of success.  Setting multiple alarms, sometimes as many as 10? Check.  Leaving phone at other end of room to force me out of bed? Check.  Getting my university flatmate to come into my room, turn on the lights and throw my duvet down the stairs?  Check!

Sometimes successful, sometimes not, I’ve always thought there must be an easier way to get up first time in the morning without pressing snooze 10,000 times, and I think I’ve finally found it.

I came across Kiwake after it was recommended to me by a friend and I’ve never looked back since.  It is successful by using a three step process to wake you up in the morning:

  1. Body
  2. Brain
  3. Motivation

Here’s how it works:


When you set up the app you have to take a picture of an object for the body wake up.  I chose a photo frame hanging into my kitchen.  When the alarm goes off the first step is to take a photo of that same object.  You can’t move through the first step and the alarm keeps going until you do.  As such it literally forces you to get out of bed and walk to where that object is to take a photo of it. Genius.


After the body wake up it’s time for the brain.  There is a selection of 5 mini-games, one of which you will have to pass 3 levels of before it skips to the next stage.  Remembering a few squares in a sequence or matching shapes isn’t as easy when you’ve barely opened your eyes.


When you set up the app it asks you to enter some goals or motivations to gear you up for the day.  You then have to show that you’ve read through these by swiping through them.

By the time you pass through these three stages you are pretty much awake and out of bed, there’s always the danger of jumping back under the duvet but it’s much less likely.  It’s given me much more productive mornings when previously the temptation of the snooze button got the better of me.  With this theres no such luxury, short of reseting the phone or chucking it in the bath it won’t switch off.

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