A Vogue writer’s doctor said the word snooze-ectomy during a recent checkup.

The thinking goes, rather than put your body through the repeated stress of transitioning from sleep to wake ad nauseam (and ad delirium), force yourself to do it just once. Easier said than done. Vitt, an instructor in clinical medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, says it all started about 20 years ago, when he heard a sleep expert on a local NPR show and called in to get his thoughts on snoozing (answer: not a fan). “That very day I took a screwdriver and duct tape to my Panasonic clock radio and performed what may be the world’s first snooze-ectomy,” Vitt recalls of his unconventional surgical excision. “The results were fantastic.”