QOTW – 2009/11/30

And the Question of the Week is… do you use an alarm clock? Or are you able to always get up when you need to get up? Or do you even need to get up at a particular time?

Even though the dogs wake me up six or seven times a night with scratching and whining and generally making noise, I still need an alarm clock to get me out of bed. But I need it to be set to music – I can NOT wake up happy to that unhappy BEEP-BEEP-BEEP noise.


  1. Barbara

    Who needs an alarm clock? I have a four-footed fur-covered walking stomach who makes sure I never sleep past 6 a.m. In all his 16 years, I have never fogotten to feed him breakfast, but Sunny T. Cat is certain I -would- forget and is anxious to make sure I don’t let him starve.

    Let me add that he and his mother–who also keeps a dawn vigil by my bedroom door, but does so IN SILENCE–get a small meal of crunchies just before I go to bed, so it’s not like it’s 24 hours since they’ve last been fed or anything.

    Why, yes, it is rather an issue with me. Why do you ask?

  2. Quinn

    I need an alarm. I need multiple alarms. I need multiple alarms, with the OMG A Truck Is About To Back Over Me alarm, set a minimum of 10 feet from my bed.

    I can still walk over and turn them all off and never even wake up.

    Mind you, this is assuming I can ever get to sleep, which is its own problem.

  3. I need an alarm. I would voluntarily shift my sleep schedule to going to bed at 2:00 am and getting up at 11:00 am if I could, but the rest of the world doesn’t want to operate that way. So I need an alarm, because even if I went to bed at 10:00, waking up at 7:00 is still nigh well impossible without help.

    And yes, music! It must be music! If I have to wake up to the beep-beep-beep noise, it starts my day off in a homicidal mood. 😉

  4. I usually can wake up within about twenty minutes of when I want to, without an alarm clock. I only use one if I’m getting less than about four hours of sleep. (Even then, I almost always wake up just before the alarm goes off.)

    Unca Joe

  5. While the cats force me to feed them at 5:30am when Love gets up for work, there’s no such thing as me waking up early on my own. Ever. I just don’t do mornings. I don’t even do them with an alarm, I just usually manage to haul my body out of bed. No claims on functionality however. 😉

    • nakhira

      That’s always been my disclaimer, as well: “You need me to be up & moving at o’dark thirty in the morning? Fine – I can do that, just don’t expect communication to be a big part of the first hour or two.”

      Cats wake me up at 7a for breakfast; I have Tubby trained so he tries not to bother me *too* much before the alarm actually goes off (tuned to NPR, not really music). Sometimes hunger and the desire to be flung off the bed becomes to much for his fuzzy little brain, tho’.

  6. mim

    I use my alarm clock on work days because I’m addicted to the Snooze feature. I have the ugly noise because I can sleep through music. It gets louder after each snooze. (When you are Old and wake up every 2 hours to pee, you cherish those 9-minute snoozes.) On weekends my clock wakes me up because my cat, Wednesday, flings it to the floor when she thinks I’ve slept long enough.

  7. alicesenior

    If I need to be able to leave the house early for some special event, trip to the airport, etc., I might set an alarm. When I worked, I used an alarm so I could get all the things done I wanted to do before going for my morning pre-work swim. But now, I just sort of wake up. Usually still quite early by most standards, 5am or so. I use music, try to avoid the harsh sounds of beepbeeps when I do use an alarm. It’s better for a peaceful day if you can awaken gently. For a while, I used WDBO but they had Clark Howard on at my wakeup time and his too-gentle voice would put me back to sleep. They they switched to some idiot talk show guy (Mark Levin?) with a really grating voice and delivery. That was too disruptive a way to wake up, so I switched back to music. But now, mostly just waking up whenever I wake up.

  8. Skipernicus

    There’s a lot of things that I own, but I don’t really use: alarm clocks, socks, suits, neckties… etc.

    I tend to wake up at 4 am, no matter what. I usually get up, fight crime for awhile, then go back to bed until such time as my secret identity Clerk Cant is required to be somewhere.

    However, illness seems to turn off all my internal clocks. Once in my wicked youth, I fell asleep on the floor of my living room in a group house on a Friday night, about 7:30 p.m. When I woke up, Sunday evening, I had found that all of my housemates where concerned, but not enough to intervene, or even poke at me with a stick. What would you do?

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