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Why Everyone Should Have a Bathroom Clock

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Constantly running late? Putting a clock in your bathroom may help you get back on track.

Do you find that time constantly seems to be slipping through your fingers, or are you one of those people who seemingly always has it on their side? Whichever camp you fall in, you may want to consider putting a clock in your bathroom (yes, the bathroom) — here’s why.

Why You Need a Clock in Your Bathroom

To Avoid Being Late For Work

Whether you're an early bird or a night owl, time has a way of getting away from us in the morning. Ever take a quick five-minute shower that somehow expands to 15 minutes? Those extra minutes could mean the difference between being on time or noticeably late. Don't take the risk! Placing a clock in the bathroom will help you avoid an uncomfortable and unnecessary conversation with your employer.

To Disconnect From Your Smartphone

It's true: our smartphones are practically an extension of ourselves. We use them for everything (especially telling the time), and they go everywhere with us. Unfortunately, that means we're never allowing our minds to disconnect and take a break even in places once thought to be private, such as the bathroom. Worse yet, according to University of Haif professor Abraham Haim, "The light emitted by most screens — computers, smartphones, and tablets — is blue light that damages the body's cycles and our sleep." Give your eyes a rest by leaving your smartphone outside the bathroom, and instead use an actual clock to keep time. Your mind and body will thank you.

To Be a Good Roommate

We’ve all had to share a bathroom at one point or another, and whether we fall into the camp of being a perfectionist with our hair and makeup or overindulging in a warm shower, there's often a tendency to take a little too long in there. Not only will a clock in the bathroom help you be a more conscientious roommate, but it will also provide evidence if other people need a little work in that area as well!

To Ensure You're Putting In the Time

Everyone has two minutes, right? According to Dr. Lory Richter, DDS, that’s exactly how much time you need for brushing. “You want to spend at least 30 seconds in each quadrant of your mouth,” explained Dr. Richter. “This is the minimum amount of time it takes to remove the biofilm that builds up on our teeth. The biofilm is home to the bacteria that causes cavities and gum disease."

Unfortunately, when it comes to brushing, many overestimate just how much time they've actually spent. Don’t be that person. Go the extra mile with your teeth. Clock yourself! And while you’re showing your teeth some real TLC, make sure to use a toothpaste that not only helps polish away stains and fight cavities, but also actively strengthens enamel — like Pronamel Gentle Whitening.

While it may not be second nature to put a clock in the bathroom, it’s a great way to increase awareness around routines and habits, which not only helps us understand ourselves better but will help out the people who live with us, too!