Discuss: Crazy Alarm Clocks

August 20, 2010 at 06:08:58
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about all the interesting alarm clocks available for the heavy sleeper. Discuss here if you need an alarm clock that rolls around the room to get you up, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.


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August 20, 2010 at 09:22:59
If you have problems getting out of bed in the morning you need a Gromit!



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August 20, 2010 at 09:30:57
I had one a few years back that really wasn't out of the ordinary but something happened to it. I don't know if something got spilled on it or what. I have a bad habit of using the snooze button so bad that I set the alarm early so that I can. This one had one of those really long snooze buttons. After about a year though it developed a short or something were as if you hit one end of the button it would advance the clock by hours depending on how hard or how long you hit the button. I first noticed it one morning when I had to be at work at 6 AM while leaving I was trying to call my boss to tell him I over slept and was amazed it was still dark out at 8:15 AM. After the third attempt to call I finally noticed the clock on my stero said 4:21. It still took me about 4 months to replace the clock though.

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August 21, 2010 at 05:53:39
I've never had a problem sleeping through my alarm. Years and years back, I used to keep it somewhere in my room far enough away I actually had to get out of bed to shut it off if it was really important that I didn't sleep in. That became unneccessary rather quickly as I discovered I could pretty much make myself wake up just before the alarm went off.

So now my game is to see if I can wake up one minute before it goes off. I do that regularly.

I think the issue is more a case of not wanting to wake up/get up than it is an inability to wake up. I'm as deep a sleeper as anybody I know. You could literally light a firecracker off beside my head and I'd likely sleep through it. Yet, on the odd days that I actually sleep until my alarm goes off, I awake on the first beep and have it shut off before the 3'd beep. My wife never hears it. Mind you, most days I wake up before it goes off. A lifetime of waking up around 5:30 am and you get so you wake up then whether you need to or not (like today, I didn't have to yet, at 5:20 am I was awake).

I think another consideration would be whether or not you're a "morning person" or not. I am. Once my eyes open I'm wide awake and raring to go. While I love my coffee in the morning, I don't "need" it to get going. My wife on the other hand.......lol........is NOT a morning person. On a typical morning, I hand her a coffee and walk away. Around 30 minutes later it's ok to talk to her.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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August 21, 2010 at 12:17:02
You can easily condition yourself to get up early not that everyone wants to. I got to where I could wake before the alarm as well. I would normally wake up about two minutes early. I personally felt cheated by this. Hence I set the alarm earlier and used the snooze button. The only time I use an alarm is if I have a job that I have to be at before 8 AM otherwise there is no need unless something went on the night before that kept me from sleeping much. Four or five hours and I am fine. I have found though cold medicines will screw me up though. If I take one late I will need help if I can only get a few hours otherwise I am getting eight. I have slept through earthquakes in Ca. tornadoes in Iowa and hurricanes in Fl.. The earthquakes were the best when I was akid. I'd get up in the morning to my room being rearranged. I don't need coffee or anything in the morning but do appreciate a few minutes of quiet when I first wake up to gather my thoughts before playing twenty questions. My kids used to love to start asking questions it seemed as soon as my eyes opened. Then I am a grouch until after lunch and labled "NOT a morning person".

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August 21, 2010 at 13:22:12
I simply wake up before the alarm that never gets set anyway.

Or something like that.

Audares Juvo

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August 23, 2010 at 11:47:54
I'm too tired to answer this question right now.Check with me in 15 minutes.

No matter how rich you become, how famous or powerful, when you die the size of your funeral will still pretty much depend on the weather.
- Michael Pritchard

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August 23, 2010 at 12:42:56
There are bio-alarm watches available that are designed to prevent having you wake-up while in Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep mode, thus preventing the grogginess that typically occurs when that happens.

Let's say you are in REM mode, perhaps in the middle of a vivid dream, and your alarm goes off. Odds are you will be very groggy and seriously not want to get up.

What these devices do is monitor your movement within a user-defined period (5, 10, 15 mins, etc.) before and after the time that the alarm is set for. If it senses movement - which will not occur during REM sleep - it will sound the alarm. If you are dead still during this entire period, it will still go off at the end of the user-defined window.

The worst that happens is that it wakes you a little early/late, but in most cases, you'll be awakened from the lightest sleep mode, which should ensure a more pleasant morning.

SleepTracker is one such device.

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August 25, 2010 at 02:56:31
I had problems with the alarm going off while dreaming when I was a kid. I just always incorperated the sound into my dream and slept through it. Once I started working for a living I got over that quick.

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August 26, 2010 at 22:27:55
When I have needed an an alarm, which is rarely, I have used the alarm clock on the iPhone. Works great and sure beats that screeching sound from the old school and ubiquitous digital clocks...so 90's

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December 13, 2010 at 13:26:15
Personally, I don't have a problem with my clock/radio. But it might have been useful (for a roommate) in college many moons ago. Got sick of him hitting the snooze button 8-10 times before ever getting up...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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December 14, 2010 at 10:38:54
Whoa. We may have been roomies. lol I used to do that. I think it was having kids that broke me from using an alarm. When I got married my wife had four from a previous marriage. I had to get up at 4 am to be at work by 6 am. The drive was almost an hour and I always liked to have a liitle extra time just in case. I am one of those that would rather be an hour early than a minute late. I also like a little time when I wake up. I don't like to just have to jump out of bed and go so I get up a bit early.

Ok all that being said when we got married I would get up shut off the alarm, which also woke at least two of the kids, stumble to the bath room for my morning "thing" and sure enough get confronted by a child ranging from ten to fifteen. Now I have to play twenty questions while using the restroom and getting dressed for work. By the time I get to work I am not happy but I am early so now I get my quite time. After a few months of this routine I got to where I would wake up earlier and check the clock. Pretty soon I just started turning it off and getting up. I then had my free time in the bathroom. Oh happy day.....oh happy day yeah yeah. Been like that since. Even when I am not working I get up before everyone else and have a little time to collect my thoughts.


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