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Snooze Bar Blues [Apr. 18th, 2007|09:25 am]
Zoethe
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Yesterday Ferrett wrote about our need for a better alarm clock.

This morning we slept through the alarm again.

This is fascinating to me, because while I was in school and my schedule was tight and I was continually sleep deprived, I dragged myself out of bed every single morning on schedule to do homework and work out before work. I was a machine.

That has all fallen by the wayside in the wake of time flexibility. I couldn't lie to myself back then, couldn't console myself with the idea that if I didn't work out in the morning I would still have time in the evening. No, the harsh reality of my schedule prevented it.

In the end, though, I blame Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne.

Our clock radio is tuned to NPR, meaning that we wake up to Morning Edition. And we have become phenomenally good at telling ourselves that we will get up just as soon as this really fascinating news story is over. There is nothing nicer than snuggling up in the morning when you combine it with learning more about your world. I am much smarter and more aware for it.

Or I would be if I actually stayed awake to listen. Instead, there is this drifting bump over the top stories of the day, and global warming gets tangled with Little League and terrorist bombings. In the end, we honestly don't remember much of what's said.

It's all a terrible lie that we tell ourselves. But it meshes nicely with the lie I tell myself every evening. The one that goes, "tomorrow I am going to get right out of bed."

I fear that radical measures must be taken. It worked for a while to have the alarm clock across the room, but now that I've uncovered this marvelous world of pretending that I'm listening to just one news story, it just won't do.

I must resign myself to switching from "music" mode to "alarm" mode. I won't be able to tell myself that the BEEP BEEP BEEP of the alarm is something that I need to listen to for just a few more minutes. I can't sleep through that kind of noise.

I will, alas, be more ignorant the news of the world.

But I'll also be on schedule.
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[User Picture]From: hyrkanian
2007-04-18 02:06 pm (UTC)
I believe you can get Morning Edition as a podcast now, so you can save it and listen to it while you do your morning workout that the horrid beep beep forced you to wake up for. Multitasking FTW. :D

We have our clock radio set for the same, but lately wooden_reef has had early conference calls so it has to be shushed right away. I should take my own advice and get the podcasts! :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-04-18 02:22 pm (UTC)
It's a matter of finding the time. I can't listen and do anything else.
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[User Picture]From: heathrow
2007-04-18 03:11 pm (UTC)
Can you listen to the podcast during your commute?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-04-18 07:21 pm (UTC)
No iPod. But I do get to hear much of it while driving.
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[User Picture]From: redstapler
2007-04-18 02:09 pm (UTC)
I've gotten to a point where if I *don't* have the beep, I ain't movin'.

I hate that.
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[User Picture]From: blergeatkitty
2007-04-18 03:00 pm (UTC)
Wait till you start sleeping through the beep.

I'm at the point now where I have two clocks in two different hard-to-reach locations in my bedroom and I'm pondering adding a third.
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[User Picture]From: greybeta
2007-04-18 02:13 pm (UTC)
I like waking up to the same song each day, just like in Groundhog Day.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-04-18 02:22 pm (UTC)
That would be awesome.
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[User Picture]From: mishamish
2007-04-18 02:24 pm (UTC)
Oooh! That used to "Friday (I'm in Love)" for me! The only downside was when I'd forget to wind the tape. Having your alarm clock playing the gentle "click-click-click" of a tape at its end doesn't have a tendancy to wake me. :-S
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[User Picture]From: greybeta
2007-04-18 02:28 pm (UTC)
I have one of those combo CD players/alarm clocks. It always plays the first song on the CD, so no worry about rewinding. ^_^
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[User Picture]From: mishamish
2007-04-18 02:14 pm (UTC)
Back when I woke to NPR, a few of my more extreme cases of sleeping in involved me incorporating the newscast into my dreamscape. Which is doubly odd, considering I don't remember my dreams. I have vague recollections of dreaming of being a radio newscaster and waiting for a segment to be over so I could start MY segment... and being annoyed that the segments NEVER SEEMED TO END!!!!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-04-18 02:29 pm (UTC)
Been there myself!
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[User Picture]From: leila82
2007-04-18 02:21 pm (UTC)
I managed to get accustomed to the CD that I had picked for my morning wakeup, so I reset my alarm to one of the pop music stations. OMG so annoying in the mornings! But it's perfect for a wakeup call, with the hyper hosts and the LOUD background music and the occasional commercials that bug and the chance that, once in a while, I'll hear a song I like. So you may not have to switch from music to alarm, you may just need a change in station.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-04-18 02:30 pm (UTC)
Maybe. But I think I'd manage to ignore it...,
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2007-04-18 02:22 pm (UTC)
My son has his computer in his bedroom and has it programmed with music. It begins with quiet violin solos, proceeds to moderate guitars, moves on to trumpets and finally, the drums and driving rhythms. He knows by the song that's on where in the wakeup process he should be. This works well for him, since he has a different schedule every day of the week.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-04-18 02:30 pm (UTC)
Alas, our computers are not in the bedroom - it is the one computer-free zone in the house!
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[User Picture]From: roniliquidity
2007-04-18 02:30 pm (UTC)
I never sleep through the alarm anymore.

Why? Because I have the Buffy theme as my wake up song.

Oh it's ridiculous, but my brain will wrench itself right out of a sound sleep to go watch Buffy. As soon as I hear that DOON doo-doo DOON! I'm up. I was never a morning person but the Buffy theme sets the day just right.


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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-04-18 02:35 pm (UTC)
That's fantastic!
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[User Picture]From: blergeatkitty
2007-04-18 02:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, I can't even tell you how many times I've been late for Sunday School thanks to Will Shortz! Stupid addictive word puzzles.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-04-18 06:54 pm (UTC)
Yes! We are often awakened on Sunday mornings by the puzzles!
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[User Picture]From: heathrow
2007-04-18 03:13 pm (UTC)
We used to doze through the alarm. Then the children came along. My 3 year old wakes up when the alarm in our bedroom goes off. She's our little agent against snoozing.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-04-18 07:24 pm (UTC)
Alas, my kids are well past the awake early phase. But it was never that effective for us, anyway. In point of fact, Erin at the age of 3 came up to me and said, "Momma! I'm just like an owl! I sleep during the day and I stay up at night! I'm nocturnal!"

All I can say is, she came by it naturally....
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[User Picture]From: chillycrawfish
2007-04-18 04:07 pm (UTC)
If I may, I suggest that if you can, tune into
"the John-Boy and Billy Big Show" on your alarm clock radio. When your alarm goes off with a big hoot of obnoxious Bubba humor first thing in the morning, I promise you will leap with great and horrified alacrity to turn that noise off and be wide awake as well! Works for me every time!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-04-18 08:03 pm (UTC)

*twitch*

You are, at least, making the awfulness of BEEP BEEP BEEP sound more attractive....
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[User Picture]From: spydielives
2007-04-18 04:14 pm (UTC)
Doesn't Ferrett have a bright shiny new Treo?

This is what I use for an alarm clock, in addition to my normal one. There is an application called "Butler" which allows you to configure multiple alarms. I copied a couple of .mp3 clips that are particularly obnoxious to hear in the morning if you are not a cheery person (my current one is "Come On Eileen"). I also have a recording of my own voice: "Madam, I have something you need to look at!" This repeats 10 times if I choose to ignore the other alarm.

I am ready to throw my phone at the wall some mornings, but I get up.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-04-18 08:04 pm (UTC)
I will point him in the direction of this entry! We will need to use the Treo as an alarm this weekend in Michigan, if nothing else.
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From: thetisra
2007-04-18 04:19 pm (UTC)
Solution: Alarm clock with two seperate alarms. NPR goes off 15 minutes before "OMG I HAVE TO BE UP", and annoying beeping alarm goes off right when, "OMG I HAVE TO BE UP"
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-04-18 08:11 pm (UTC)
Ooo! We have a two-alarm clock, but I never thought of doing it that way! (Previously it got me up very early and Ferrett up later.) Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: kid_lit_fan
2007-04-18 06:25 pm (UTC)
There's a prototype clock that you put a piece of raw bacon in the night before, and it starts cooking it a few minutes before the preset-time, so you wake up to the smell of bacon, and your reward for getting out of bed is bacon.

I think a coffeepot with a timer, placed in the bedroom would have the same effect on me.

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I lived for 6 weeks with a friend who set her clock radio volume at 11, and was so used to it that she would just whack the snooze and go back to sleep until ten minutes. Which gave ME ten minutes for my heart to stop pounding and to get the hell out of bed and get to the other end of the house before it happened again.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-04-18 08:31 pm (UTC)
Increased volume would probably help. I hate being startled in the morning, but I think that's going to be the only thing that works.
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