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Overslept – Do you use an alarm clock? September 18, 2008 9:12 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
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Last night I slept deep! I had vivid, colorful dreams with incredible detail. Central themes: strife. I haven’t used an alarm clock since about 6 months before Amy was born. So for about 6%frac12; years I have gone to sleep by saying, "I will wake up at ____." Usually, I wake within 5 minutes of the time I say as I lay down. Today I overslept 45 minutes! I was just so mentally and physically exhausted. Amy still made it to school on time although just under the bell.

Last weekend our Scout troop had its monthly scout master meeting. Eight adults showed up and I had the opportunity to relate my success of waking without an alarm clock. Another adult chimed up and said, "Oh yes. I’ve done that for 10 years." 25% of the people sitting at the table spent the bulk of a decade successfully waking without an alarm clock. I wonder if the numbers hold. Does ¼ of society choose to not have an alarm clock and still wake on time?

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1. brian brinley - September 18, 2008

I can agree that I rarely use an alarm clock. I find my sleep not nearly as deep and rarely feel as rested.

This is reminisent of polyphasic sleep in that it works for short periods but long term can cause severe mental fatigue.

2. Doug McCaughan - September 18, 2008

It’s habit forming. I don’t think I could go back to using an alarm clock. I would set the alarm clock and wake just before it went off.

3. Steve Skinner - September 18, 2008

I have not used one in over 25 years. The last time I did, I actually over slept and was late for work. As fate would have it, everyone was waiting for me and it was rather embarrassing to say the least! From that point forward, I always able to awake as necessary despite the hour. I just had to figure out how to use me internal clock!

4. Doug McCaughan - September 18, 2008

Wow! Now that a testament!