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message 1: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17319 comments Mod
How people used to wake up before alarm clocks

I rarely use mine. I set it, but I usually wake up between twenty and two minutes before it goes off and I turn it off and get up so the sound doesn't wake up Sweeter. I have a really strong internal clock - for naps I tell myself "I want to wake up at 3" and I will.

I know RA wakes up wikked early - is that cause you set your alarm clock, friend? or is it because you don't sleep deeply?
What about the rest of you? Are you usually up early/before your alarm? Or do you snooze three or four times.

What does your alarm clock sound like? Buzzes? Rings and bells? NPR? Hip Hop?

Inquiring minds need to know!


message 2: by RandomAnthony (last edited Mar 04, 2010 05:29PM) (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments I rarely set an alarm clock. Or I set one, like Sallers, but I'm up before the activation time. But I'm trying to sleep a little later, honestly. I'm not successful. I also talked with a doctor about nightmares and the like...I'm trying meditating before bed now.

My alarm clock is annoying as hell. I'd love one that slowly wakes me up to music on my Zune or something, but I'm too cheap to buy one of those.


Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments I set mine, but I wake up before it goes off, and switch it to radio, and then drowse through about twenty minutes of NPR before finally getting up.
I hate getting up.


message 4: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments i don't set an alarm unless i have to be really early to catch a flight or something. otherwise for a work i just sort of get up near the same time. my schedule is somewhat a flex time deal


message 5: by Lori (new)

Lori I usually don't need to set mine, Jake will wake me up to make his lunch. But it usually doesn't even come to that - even when I worked or these days when I do need to set an alarm clock I wake up 2 minutes before. I have a pretty good sense of time during the day too.

Oh, but on those days I always set the alarm, otherwise I won't sleep because of anxiety!


message 6: by Mary (last edited Mar 04, 2010 11:23PM) (new)

Mary (madamefifi) On the days I work I set the alarm for 4 PM but I usually wake up spontaneously. Sometimes the cats (it's usually Poopie) will randomly decide there is an emergency requiring my immediate attention and wake me up considerably earlier.


message 7: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Mary has a cat named Poopie.

That is all.


message 8: by janine (new)

janine | 7715 comments i use my cell phone as an alarm clock. i use spongebob and patrick confront the psychic wall of energy (flaming lips) or black plant (last shadow puppets). i always make sure i still have an hour of 30 minutes for reading or other waking up activities before actually getting out of bed.


message 9: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17319 comments Mod
I like that Janine reads in bed before getting up. My mom does that. I can't. I always have to pee, or am drastically hungry/thirsty/ready to shower to just loll around. Don't get me wrong, I like the lolling, I just haven't mastered the art of it.

Sometimes my mom goes downstairs, makes coffee, gets the paper, and comes back up to get in bed to read and drink the first cup.


message 10: by Tim (Mole) The Gunslinger (last edited Mar 05, 2010 07:50AM) (new)

Tim (Mole) The Gunslinger (Mole) I think that people internal clocks where alot more sensitive pre electricity they had to go to bed earlier so they woke up earlier! And I work 3rd shift so My alarm doesnt have a snooze button It just keeps saying Honey you better get up! its more pleasant than a beeping but Im usually wake up before she has to wake me anyway!

And I read in bed before I have to get up to fiction seems to make reality easier to deal with and Im a proud book junkie! And before bed! I probably dream about reading!lol


message 11: by Lori (new)

Lori I like the name Poopie. Hopefully it's not referring to a stinky butt.


message 12: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17319 comments Mod
Tim and Kevin must have gone to school together.


message 13: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Stinky butts happen, Lori. It's part of the joy of caring for cats, eh?


message 14: by Tim (Mole) The Gunslinger (last edited Mar 05, 2010 08:50AM) (new)

Tim (Mole) The Gunslinger (Mole) No but I can almost guarantee that Illinois and Indiana are just like Identical twins from the way they look and think

Id have say stinky butts are a part of life in general Im assuming unless you have ocd thing with washing your butt!lol TP GETS THE MASS but Im sure that it leaves the aroma!


message 15: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Oh lord.


Tim (Mole) The Gunslinger (Mole) What an appropriate response couldnt our all knowing all seeing creator have gave us a better way to excrete? LOL


message 17: by Heidi (last edited Mar 13, 2010 05:16PM) (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10825 comments I stagger all five of my alarms on my alarm clock and my phone so that they go off at different times over an hour. I have to set each of them to a different ringtone and change them up every 6 months or so in case I get used to the alarm. i.e. I'm v. hard to wake up - I've slept through a hurricane, tornadoes, a house fire, police searching the house for a break in... slept through it all, undisturbed. I sleep through my alarms quite often.

One can train themselves to wake at a certain time (and I can do it on occasion) by focusing on "I'm going to get up at (time). I'm going to get (fill in) hours of sleep." about the time one drifts off to sleep. I can't do it all the time, though... I sure wish I could depend on that. Goodness knows the alarm clocks don't always work for me.


message 18: by Mary (new)

Mary (madamefifi) The cat's name of record is Laszlo but for some reason I started calling him Poopie a couple of years ago and it's just, well....stuck. Excuse the double entendre. His butt is quite tidy if you must know.


message 19: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Laszlo is an excellent name.


message 20: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments I've woken up to the same Sony stereo since I was thirteen. I used to use really loud CDs but now I usually have Sloan Wainwright's "Cool Morning" in there, because it starts with a heartbeat and I don't need the jolting wakeup anymore.

I get in big trouble if I try to hit snooze, so I deliberately keep the stereo across the room now. That makes me get out of bed to turn it off, at which point I might as well get up.


message 21: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments I've woken up three of the last four days between 3:50 and 3:55AM, with the alarm set at four. I don't think the alarm has activated in weeks. I'm up before then.


message 22: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Lopez | 4728 comments My dog wakes up between 6:00 and 6:15 every morning, so I don't bother with an alarm clock except if I need to be up earlier than that for some reason.


message 23: by Barb (new)

Barb You're both insane ... especially RA. I can't drag my ass out of bed before 7:00, and that's even earlier than usual and would have to be for a reason.
Even the dog is taken to laziness. He used to pop right up when my husband gets up (usually a good 1+ before me), but lately he's been staying in bed all snuggled up until I get up. Little bastard, that means I have to take him out for his morning pee, etc.


message 24: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17319 comments Mod
Who is the little bastard? Your dog or your husband?


message 25: by Jim (new)

Jim | 6485 comments Sally >:(!


message 26: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) The dog would be a son of a bitch.


message 27: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17319 comments Mod
Jim! >:| It was not clear! You need more coffee this morning, my friend.


message 28: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) All these angry faces. It's repellent.


message 29: by Jim (new)

Jim | 6485 comments Sallers wrote: "Jim! >:| It was not clear! You need more coffee this morning, my friend."

Oh it was clear, I was just sticking up for Barb's husband.


message 30: by Jim (new)

Jim | 6485 comments But I did go get some coffee.


message 31: by Youndyc (new)

Youndyc | 1255 comments I've used a radio alarm clock for years, and I cannot stand to have to wake up to a buzzer. The buzzer always jolts me awake and scares the crap out of me - the radio starts nice and soft and I still hear it.


message 32: by Barb (new)

Barb Sallers wrote: "Who is the little bastard? Your dog or your husband?"

Well, I meant the dog in this case, but I'm never pleased when the hubs announces that he's not going to take him out before he leaves ... so he's a bastard too in that situation.


message 33: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Bastards, the lot of them.


message 34: by Barb (new)

Barb Larry wrote: "Bastards, the lot of them."

I tell him often.


message 35: by Jim (new)

Jim | 6485 comments Feeling the love!


message 36: by Michele (new)

Michele bookloverforever (lovebooks14) | 1966 comments well, I have an atomic alarm clock that makes this little chimes that get shriller until I shut it off. But usually, I am awake before it goes off which is generally 7:15 AM. I am usually awake about 6:45 AM. Depends on what time I took my sleep meds and actually got to sleep. I have had insomnia forever. I can remember being 3 and not being able to go to sleep. I consider 6.5 to 7 hrs. sleep a good night.


message 37: by Jammies (new)

Jammies Shouldn't the title of this thread be "Clockadoodle Do!"? RA said not to drop the l...


message 38: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Where is that l? I know I dropped it around here somewhere ....


message 39: by Janice (new)

Janice (jamasc) I think the last time we set an alarm clock in our house was when we had to catch an early flight.


message 40: by Brittomart (new)

Brittomart I have it Larry, but you're gonna have to come get it.


message 41: by Dan (new)

Dan Schwent (akagunslinger) My alarm is set for 4:30 every morning but I invariably wake up between 4:15 and 4:25.


message 42: by Félix (last edited Dec 22, 2010 06:32AM) (new)

Félix (habitseven) Britt-Britt wrote: "I have it Larry, but you're gonna have to come get it."

Mail it to me, please. Did you happen to see all of my assumptions, as well? I've dropped them at one time or another around here.


message 43: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Paschen | 7058 comments Wide awake and doing laundry today at 4:30 a.m. Usually, it's more like 5:30 or 6. No alarm clock for me. But I do go to bed pretty early.


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