I use Theatre Mode on mine at night, which prevents the creen from activating, but I have very few issues of the sort that OP has described.

 

I went from Pebbles to the Apple Watch and to be honest I don't mind the touch screen, except the fact that I have somewhat greasy fingers and I need to clean it all the time (I am a bit OCD like that). I did like the button presses with the Pebble watches but don;t miss them as much as i thought I would.

 

I have no real issue tapping to wake or using the digital  crown to wake if I have forgotten to disable theatre mode...I don't need instant gratification.