I have a deep-seated hatred for people who can wake up without an alarm clock, glowing and ready to start their day, a halo of butterflies circling their heads. Who are you? And how can I be like you?!
I wake up with an alarm clock. I wish I could be a morning person, but no matter how early I go to bed, waking up is a struggle. I would almost always rather be sleeping.
I tried that alarm clock that claims to gently wake you with light, as if from the rising sun. That didn’t work - I simply turned over. I tried an alarm clock that plays music - not going to happen. I just had very intense dance parties in my dreams and arrived late to work. I even tried an alarm that checks your REM cycle and wakes you at the optimal time. I think for me, there is no optimal time to wake up.
So now, I just use a very jarring fog-horn-type alarm to jolt me awake. It’s the kind of sound that gives you a heart-clenching feeling of dread even if you are awake when you hear it. It’s not the most angelic way to start the day, but it’s effective.
When I hear my alarm go off, I instantly grab at my clock, frantically trying to find the snooze button while simultaneously keeping my eyes firmly shut. This translates into randomly slapping my clock, hoping I’ll find the snooze button and the sound will stop for eight minutes. I’m going to tell you, when I finally find the snooze, it’s the most rewarding feeling in the world. Small victories.