(Not So) Alarming

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

I have always set two alarms. One for 5:30 a.m. and one for 6:15 a.m. I figured out the latest I can get up, fly by the seat of my pants on a jeans and school t-shirt day, is 6:30 a.m. I have to skip my morning pages, although I don’t like doing that, scald my throat glugging my coffee, sweep in whatever food fits into my lunch bag, and get going. I can make it to work on time and look (mostly) normal. This isn’t ideal, but having tried it a few times, it’s acceptable.

Recently, I’ve (sort of) given up my morning alarm clock. Most nights I still toss and turn, but it’s been so much better. What has worked is setting the alarm for that latest possible jump out of bed our you’ll be so late time. My I’ve-hit-the-snooze-button-for-an-entire-hour-it’s-time-to-suck-it-up-and-get-out-of-bed-already time. One alarm. 6:30 a.m. I wake up at 5:00 and sometimes go back to sleep. I wake up at 5:15 and sometimes go back to sleep. I wake up at 5:50 and decide not to go back to sleep. It’s almost like I’m hitting the snooze button without the annoyance of an alarm clock beeping. Except it is annoying. But it isn’t a heart stopping I’m going to rip that thing out of the wall annoying.

If I start tossing and turning in the middle of the night, rather than counting the number of hours of sleep I haven’t had, I tell myself I can “sleep in” until 6:30. All will be well with the world. On most days, I wake up a little past 5:30 and get up without any snooze button calculations. I turn off the alarm so it doesn’t wake my husband while I’m getting ready, even though he has an amazing ability to sleep through it. This is a much calmer process. I’ve finally learned how to wake up without an alarm. Sort of.

10 thoughts on “(Not So) Alarming

  1. I could probably break up with my alarm clock too as I am almost always awake before it goes off. I even have alarms set to remind me to go back upstairs and get ready. Unfortunately I tend to ignore them and end up rushing to get out before the bus anyways. The no alarm days of summer are almost here!

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    1. After so much trial and error, I decided to quit fighting my natural night owl. I’ve tried to train myself to get up early and it doesn’t work for me. I’m okay with that and letting it go.

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  2. genius!
    I set a lot of alarms too… never know how much tossing and turning I’ll be doing, so I always feel like I need a few chances to wake up. But your method sounds so much better!

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    1. It’s been working so far. Some days I sleep all the way to my limit (especially now toward the end of the school year), but most days I’m within a good range.

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  3. I love this idea. Perhaps it’s time for me to stop playing the snooze game. I love your description of what you have to do to get out the door when you’ve slept in, as well as your evaluation: not ideal, but acceptable.

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