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2012-04-11 02:24:05 AM
I had an effective alarm clock method. Placing the clock across the room, and never having it on a radio station. Always the beeps.

/my phone makes me solve a puzzle before it shuts up.
 
2012-04-11 03:18:49 AM
My alarm is either a recording of a Federal Thunderbolt T-1001, or Bea Arthur singing from the Star Wars Holiday Special.

/really
 
2012-04-11 04:31:53 AM
a desperate, flat broke college kid has to make do with what he's got


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2012-04-11 04:46:27 AM
The key to an effective anything is to subconsciously fear it.
 
2012-04-11 06:54:01 AM
How about conscious hatred? That works for me.
 
2012-04-11 07:33:36 AM
I haven't used an alarm clock in at least 30 years. I know when I need to get up and I get up.

/not a big fan of sleeping as a hobby
//5 to 6 hours a night usually
 
2012-04-11 07:38:31 AM
Using a Zenith clock radio made in 1961. It clicks before the radio comes on and sometimes, that click will make me jump half a mile.
 
2012-04-11 07:44:47 AM
Key to an effective alarm clock is to adjust your schedule to not need one. Whenever my alarm wakes me, I have to argue with myself about waking and often feel like I had no time for sleep. When I wake naturally, no matter how little time I slept, I feel much better and alert. Have done two hour naps to sustain me for the next twenty-two hours, and I have slept for six hours with an alarm at the end only to crash a few hours later and suffer through the rest of the day.

Might be my sporadic and sometimes nonexistent sleep schedule or just me in general, but alarms are only good as a final precaution, not as the accepted means to wake.
 
2012-04-11 07:50:26 AM
My bladder is my alarm clock.
 
2012-04-11 07:59:13 AM
My alarm clock is my phone and I've always feared phone calls, so I guess it works. On days when it's not set, at approximately the same time it would normally go off, my German Shepherd jumps on the bed and wakes me up. I fear her too.
 
2012-04-11 08:06:52 AM
our dogs wanting breakfest is my alarm clock... best alarm clock i've ever had
 
2012-04-11 08:13:36 AM
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2012-04-11 08:25:08 AM
Used to see trucker' alarm clocks for sale at highway truck stops. Over 130 db, electric air horns built into them.

When I have an important early wake time to meet, I can't sleep soundly unless I set up to four alarms as back-ups, offset by a couple minutes in case I doze off again. Invariably, if I set them like that, then I always wake a few minutes before any of them go off. Somehow, it programs my sleep cycle. If I don't set any alarms, I wake sometime mid-morning.
 
2012-04-11 08:30:38 AM
My brain started tuning out the buzzer on traditional alarm radios. So I usually set it to the most insipid country station I can find. That shiat makes me jump to turn it off.
 
2012-04-11 08:33:37 AM
My alarm clock lights the sheets on fire
 
2012-04-11 08:48:04 AM
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2012-04-11 08:49:16 AM
Yeah, that.

Or, you know, you could go to bed early enough and/or enjoy your job.
 
2012-04-11 08:49:47 AM

Artcurus: Using a Zenith clock radio made in 1961. It clicks before the radio comes on and sometimes, that click will make me jump half a mile.


I had one like that from the 80s. It clicked and I would slap that thing before it would beep. I HATED that beep.
 
2012-04-11 09:00:18 AM
I've recently got mine, and despite the high price tag I did find an "easter egg" of sorts.
4 8 15 16 23 42 will work as a snooze code...for 108 minutes
 
2012-04-11 09:00:54 AM

Half Right: Yeah, that.

Or, you know, you could go to bed early enough and/or enjoy your job.


Pfft. Enjoying your job is for wimps. Real men know that suffering through a job you hate gives you character.
And a possible addiction to self medication....
 
2012-04-11 09:23:07 AM
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total consciousness. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain asleep.
 
2012-04-11 09:26:15 AM
The key to selling an effective alarm clock is to realize that your competition sells em for $10.
 
2012-04-11 09:27:54 AM

fatz3456: Half Right: Yeah, that.

Or, you know, you could go to bed early enough and/or enjoy your job.

Pfft. Enjoying your job is for wimps. Real men know that suffering through a job you hate gives you character.
And a possible addiction to self medication....


Srsly, the only reasons to work a lousy job (for as short a time as possible) are cash and learning how not to treat people.
 
2012-04-11 09:36:41 AM
My alarm clock makes this subtle click just before the screeching sound. It's usually enough to get me to haul my ass out of bed. My wife always used the snooze button on her for some reason. Well, until we spawned a constantly-hungry new alarm clock for her. Now she doesn't have that luxury.
 
2012-04-11 09:36:50 AM
I have two different alarm clock programs on my cell phone, each set to the most annoying ringtone possible. Each can set multiple alarms, so I set the first one 15 min before I need to get up, then 10, then 5, then actually when, and then 5 minutes afterward. And they're day-specific, which is good, as I have to get up at different times depending on the day of the week. I also set the volume to go from 0 to BRIAN BLESSED levels immediately, which startles me awake.
 
2012-04-11 09:38:53 AM
On work days I usually wake up before my alarms unless I went to be late or something (one at 3:50 a.m. to take my medications, then at 4:45 to get ready for work). On non-work night it is kind of hit or miss. Sometimes I'll wake up early, sometimes when the alarm goes off, and sometimes i sleep right through my alarms. There isn't really a reason either. It is strange.
 
2012-04-11 09:43:25 AM
$350 for a $30 arduino hooked up to a speaker, keypad and led output? Fark, I'm in the wrong line of work.
 
2012-04-11 09:46:07 AM
My wife got me a fancy alarm clock for Christmas that simulates the sunrise. 30 minutes before the set time, the light in the clock lights dimly and gradually increases in intensity. At the 30 minute mark, the light is at its full brightness, and the clock creates bird chirping noises (pretty realistic, I might add).

Haven't overslept once in the past 4+ months. Helps when I'm up at 5 AM every day, including weekends.
 
2012-04-11 10:02:49 AM
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2012-04-11 10:04:53 AM

The Crepes of Wrath: My wife got me a fancy alarm clock for Christmas that simulates the sunrise. 30 minutes before the set time, the light in the clock lights dimly and gradually increases in intensity. At the 30 minute mark, the light is at its full brightness, and the clock creates bird chirping noises (pretty realistic, I might add).

Haven't overslept once in the past 4+ months. Helps when I'm up at 5 AM every day, including weekends.


I've heard of these before and have been thinking of getting one. Do you know what brand/model it is?
 
2012-04-11 10:34:41 AM
I remember seeing somewhere (i think it was thinkgeek?) an alarm clock that would start flying and you would have to catch it to turn it off.
 
2012-04-11 10:53:26 AM

cheap_thoughts: I had an effective alarm clock method. Placing the clock across the room, and never having it on a radio station. Always the beeps.

/my phone makes me solve a puzzle before it shuts up.


That actually sounds cool. Is it an app?
 
2012-04-11 12:17:05 PM
My iPhone alarm is set to the drowning music from Sonic.

I may never oversleep again.
 
2012-04-11 12:26:04 PM

the.squid: The Crepes of Wrath: My wife got me a fancy alarm clock for Christmas that simulates the sunrise. 30 minutes before the set time, the light in the clock lights dimly and gradually increases in intensity. At the 30 minute mark, the light is at its full brightness, and the clock creates bird chirping noises (pretty realistic, I might add).

Haven't overslept once in the past 4+ months. Helps when I'm up at 5 AM every day, including weekends.

I've heard of these before and have been thinking of getting one. Do you know what brand/model it is?


Count me interested, the radio or beeping just isn't cutting it anymore. I've adapted and can cross my entire bedroom and smack buttons until the infernal thing shuts up without waking up completely. The Sunrise thing sounds kinda interesting.
 
2012-04-11 12:29:38 PM
Throughout my childhood, I had this one alarm clock that would jolt me awake every morning for school.

Whenever I hear the same kind of alarm on TV or anything, it sounds like fingernails on a chalkboard.
 
2012-04-11 12:42:29 PM
Funny, this little bit from George Orwell came to mind when I read this:

There's a lot of rot talked about the sufferings of the working class. I'm not so sorry for the proles myself. Did you ever know a navvy who lay awake thinking about the sack? The prole suffers physically, but he's a free man when he isn't working. But in every one of those little stucco boxes there's some poor bastard who's NEVER free except when he's fast asleep and dreaming that he's got the boss down the bottom of a well and is bunging lumps of coal at him.

More here http://www.george-orwell.org/Coming_up_for_Air/1.html
 
2012-04-11 12:57:43 PM
I can't get a goods night sleep if the clock is somewhere I can't see it. After I got married and my wife decided that the clock side was her side of the bed, I had to get one of those clocks that projects the time on the ceiling.

If I happen to awake in the night, and can see what time it is, I go to sleep peacefully, but if I can't, then I toss and turn all night for fear I might be late, or that the alarm might go off soon. I guess I fear being late
 
2012-04-11 01:19:03 PM
The solution that I've found works best for me is to have a very quiet alarm 30 minutes before I get up (currently a recording of wind chimes), which will wake me up if I'm already in a shallow sleep cycle (rather than when I'm going back into deeper sleep), and a random musical selection at the time I need to get up. I use an Android app called Gentle Alarm to do this, which was a free app of the day on Amazon a while back.

More recently, I decided to bolster it by putting a lamp on an appliance timer that turns on a few minutes before the main alarm goes off. And the lamp has one of those fluorescent bulbs that takes several minutes to reach its full brightness--usually an annoying drawback to cheap fluorescent bulbs, but perfect for simulating a sunrise without paying for an expensive "simulated sunrise" alarm clock.
 
2012-04-11 02:15:10 PM
I have two alarms myself. One is my old stereo, which has a alarm clock function, so it goes off first, and loud. The second is an cheap Westclox Batman Forever Batmobile clock. That one is set to go off about 25 minutes later. If I'm not already up after the first one, the second one and its' annoying alarm will get my attention. One of the only good things to come from that movie.
 
2012-04-11 02:36:52 PM

American Decency Association: a desperate, flat broke college kid has to make do with what he's got


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That is more than slightly terrifying, though mainly due to the fire hazard.

So... effective, then, I guess.
 
2012-04-11 03:36:09 PM
In college, I had 'Also Sprach Zarathustra' - Strauss on a Windows 98 timer. If I didn't get out of my lofted bed before the drums kicked in, the whole dorm would wake up.

I was feared and conditioned myself to jump out of bed as soon as I heard the first note. I nearly died several times.
 
2012-04-11 05:51:37 PM

StrangeQ: $350 for a $30 arduino hooked up to a speaker, keypad and led output? Fark, I'm in the wrong line of work.


It didnt say he SOLD any of them, it just says thats what it costs....
 
2012-04-11 06:49:43 PM
I used to dream my alarm had gone off.
Woke at 3 in the morning.
The alarm was quiet.

/almost haiku
 
2012-04-11 07:28:09 PM

Sim Tree: I used to dream my alarm had gone off.
Woke at 3 in the morning.
The alarm was quiet.

/almost haiku


Almost a haiku
It must have Five - Seven - Five
Why make poets cry?

/just a bit of fun
 
2012-04-11 09:58:30 PM

cheap_thoughts: Always the beeps..


What about the sweeps and the creeps?
 
2012-04-11 10:18:24 PM

lousyskater: cheap_thoughts: Always the beeps..

What about the sweeps and the creeps?


That's not all he's lost... >_>
 
2012-04-12 12:01:23 AM

fatz3456: Sim Tree: I used to dream my alarm had gone off.
Woke at 3 in the morning.
The alarm was quiet.

/almost haiku

Almost a haiku
It must have Five - Seven - Five
Why make poets cry?

/just a bit of fun



Woke at three AM
Dreamed my alarm had gone off
But it was quiet

;)
 
2012-04-12 01:14:01 AM
I find setting an alarm an hour and a half before I need to wake up, and taking my Adderall(amphetamines). Then I can go back to sleep, and wake up feeling "fresh".

I wonder how badly I am farking up my rem sleep patterns.
 
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