Alarm Snafus



  • So I seem to be the king of alarm clock snafus, and interesting ones at that. Whether it's using my phone and having it fall behind by bed in the middle of the night, or even having it stay completely stationary and yet sleeping through my alarm, if it can happen, it happens to me. Had a new one this morning though...

    Was talking to my girlfriend last night after she got out of work at 2AM EST (late for her). I always use my bluetooth, ESPECIALLY when I'm in bed. So much more comfortable! Anyways, my headset is a Plantronics Voyager Legend. Well, after finishing our conversation last night, I took my bluetooth off and set it beside my phone. Now I am subscribed to Pandora One, so I have the ability, and use, Pandora as my alarm clock. More gentle wake-ups. Well, when you combine a paired and connected bluetooth capable of audio streaming with your phone being the alarm clock...yeah...my Pandora went off but streamed to my headset. I woke up about 20 minutes after the start of my shift. I got up and got ready and got to work a little late. Not a huge deal. It happens.

    However, just figured I'd pass the lesson on for anyone else. LOL Oh well, que sera sera.

    Thanks,
    A.J.



  • You need to start going to bed earlier. Even if my alarm clock were to fail, I am an early person and would wake up well before my shift



  • @IRJ said:

    You need to start going to bed earlier. Even if my alarm clock were to fail, I am an early person and would wake up well before my shift

    I've made it a life goal to never have to use an alarm. I do it for emergencies (picking someone up at an airport or something) but for daily work I never use one and I always wake up. Getting enough sleep is pretty critical. Without enough sleep you'll sleep through anything.



  • @thanksaj said:

    Not a huge deal. It happens.

    Not to normal people, it really doesn't. Few people sleep into their shifts more than once every two years or so. This is not normal at all.



  • @IRJ said:

    You need to start going to bed earlier. Even if my alarm clock were to fail, I am an early person and would wake up well before my shift

    I don't actually need much sleep to function well. I woke up at 7AM on the dot, but didn't need to get up for another half hour or so, so rolled over. Oh well.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @IRJ said:

    You need to start going to bed earlier. Even if my alarm clock were to fail, I am an early person and would wake up well before my shift

    I've made it a life goal to never have to use an alarm. I do it for emergencies (picking someone up at an airport or something) but for daily work I never use one and I always wake up. Getting enough sleep is pretty critical. Without enough sleep you'll sleep through anything.

    Yeah, unless I can train my body to wake up at the exact right time, or roll over and sleep for the proper snooze length, that ain't happening for me.



  • @thanksaj said:

    I don't actually need much sleep to function well. I woke up at 7AM on the dot, but didn't need to get up for another half hour or so, so rolled over. Oh well.

    That's a standard indicator that you need more sleep. If you fall right back to sleep you don't have enough.



  • @thanksaj said:

    Yeah, unless I can train my body to wake up at the exact right time, or roll over and sleep for the proper snooze length, that ain't happening for me.

    That snoozing is part of your sleep and needed if you keep doing it. After a healthy amount of sleep you won't keep falling back asleep. If you need an alarm to wake up, that is also an indicator of not getting enough sleep. (The opposite is not true, I used to be able to sleep for an hour and get myself up without an alarm - but that wasn't enough sleep, obviously.)

    If you do the snooze thing, or need an alarm, or oversleep, or fall back asleep... all indicators of lacking adequate sleep.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    If you do the snooze thing, or need an alarm, or oversleep, or fall back asleep... all indicators of lacking adequate sleep.

    Not all. I'd sleep/snooze for 12 hours if I could. I just like sleep.

    What you need @thanksaj is to have a child. Nothing will make sure you wake up in the morning better than a toddler demanding his or her breakfast.



  • @Carnival-Boy said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    If you do the snooze thing, or need an alarm, or oversleep, or fall back asleep... all indicators of lacking adequate sleep.

    Not all. I'd sleep/snooze for 12 hours if I could. I just like sleep.

    What you need @thanksaj is to have a child. Nothing will make sure you wake up in the morning better than a toddler demanding his or her breakfast.

    Exactly @Carnival-Boy! For me, I like sleep and just genuinely dislike the transition between bed and getting up. It only lasts 30 seconds, but I HATE it! I'll stay in bed 12-14 hours to avoid it. Not because I need the sleep, but because I just hate that 30 second transition.



  • @thanksaj said:

    @Carnival-Boy said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    If you do the snooze thing, or need an alarm, or oversleep, or fall back asleep... all indicators of lacking adequate sleep.

    Not all. I'd sleep/snooze for 12 hours if I could. I just like sleep.

    What you need @thanksaj is to have a child. Nothing will make sure you wake up in the morning better than a toddler demanding his or her breakfast.

    Exactly @Carnival-Boy! For me, I like sleep and just genuinely dislike the transition between bed and getting up. It only lasts 30 seconds, but I HATE it! I'll stay in bed 12-14 hours to avoid it. Not because I need the sleep, but because I just hate that 30 second transition.

    And I like sleep.



  • @thanksaj said:

    Exactly @Carnival-Boy! For me, I like sleep and just genuinely dislike the transition between bed and getting up. It only lasts 30 seconds, but I HATE it! I'll stay in bed 12-14 hours to avoid it. Not because I need the sleep, but because I just hate that 30 second transition.

    Big difference between staying in bed and falling asleep right away.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @thanksaj said:

    Exactly @Carnival-Boy! For me, I like sleep and just genuinely dislike the transition between bed and getting up. It only lasts 30 seconds, but I HATE it! I'll stay in bed 12-14 hours to avoid it. Not because I need the sleep, but because I just hate that 30 second transition.

    Big difference between staying in bed and falling asleep right away.

    I could sleep for 12 hours day after day and still keep falling back asleep pretty quick. The biggest indicator for me that I've "had enough sleep" is not when I can no longer fall back asleep, but when I start waking up more quickly. When I go from 30-60 minutes between when I wake up to 10-15 minutes, that's when I know it's time to get up.



  • @thanksaj have you actually done this long enough to determine that you aren't just continuously catching up on lost sleep?



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @thanksaj have you actually done this long enough to determine that you aren't just continuously catching up on lost sleep?

    Yes. A very bad time in my life when I practically lived in my bed...



  • @thanksaj said:

    Yes. A very bad time in my life when I practically lived in my bed...

    Well there IS a threshold that you can pass that makes you tired again. Maybe you just can't find a healthy balance?



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @thanksaj said:

    Yes. A very bad time in my life when I practically lived in my bed...

    Well there IS a threshold that you can pass that makes you tired again. Maybe you just can't find a healthy balance?

    It was more because of one of the most severe bouts of depression I've ever faced...



  • I know I should be getting more sleep - 6 or less just isn't really cutting it.



  • @Dashrender said:

    I know I should be getting more sleep - 6 or less just isn't really cutting it.

    As of late, I've been getting 7-9, but 6 or less has been standard for over a decade as the predominant rule.



  • @thanksaj said:

    @Dashrender said:

    I know I should be getting more sleep - 6 or less just isn't really cutting it.

    As of late, I've been getting 7-9, but 6 or less has been standard for over a decade as the predominant rule.

    Same here - and I require an alarm to get up - though I've only over slept into my shift once in the past 8 years.

    But I agree with Scott - I'm not getting enough sleep - when I do I easily wake without an alarm.



  • I generally wakeup before my alarm. But if it is what wakes me up the snooze button gets used many times. So I know my day is going to be a long one cause I am already tired before I even start.



  • I've gone over a month with zero schedule now and I still wake up after six hours. No alarm, no rolling over and going back to sleep. Six hours and I pop out of bed and start the day.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    I've gone over a month with zero schedule now and I still wake up after six hours. No alarm, no rolling over and going back to sleep. Six hours and I pop out of bed and start the day.

    Yeah, I hate the transition between bed and up more than anything else in the world...



  • I dislike transitions in general. From sitting to standing, getting off of the couch, getting into bed, getting out of bed, getting into the shower, getting out of the shower, starting to each, stopping eating. Doesn't matter, I always like to continue what I am currently doing. It's weird.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    I dislike transitions in general. From sitting to standing, getting off of the couch, getting into bed, getting out of bed, getting into the shower, getting out of the shower, starting to each, stopping eating. Doesn't matter, I always like to continue what I am currently doing. It's weird.

    I can appreciate that. I hate getting into the shower almost as much as I hate getting out! I just dislike change in general.


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