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An Early Start [Apr. 24th, 2009|09:42 am]
Tony Grist
I hate alarm clocks. I hate being suddenly jolted awake by noise of any kind. So if we set one- as we did this morning for an early appointment at the medical centre-  my inner clock sets itself too and makes sure I wake up ahead of time.

The clock was set for 8 and I woke at 7- and then had all that wide open space in which to cruise luxuriously towards full consciousness. I finally got up at 7.45- making sure I was well clear of the bedroom and already assembling breakfast by the time the alarm rang.

The smoke from the mill fire is still hanging about the streets- woody, acrid, with a hint of chemicals.   We drove down the hill and up the hill and then down the other side- but even with that much landscape between us and the site of the fire we could still smell it. What we need now is some good, gusty, April weather to clear it all away.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2009-04-24 09:54 am (UTC)
If I have to set an alarm clock at all I find myself waking up every couple of hours or even less to check on the time. I think it has more to do with anticipating having to wake up for something at an unusual hour rather than the noise the clock makes, at least in my case.

I saw your post about the fire while I was away. Quite spectacular. The smell of burning is one of the most lingering.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-04-24 02:27 pm (UTC)
Yes, there's that as well. Setting an alarm clock is supposed to relieve you of anxiety about getting up on time- but somehow it doesn't work like that.
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2009-04-24 05:12 pm (UTC)
So if we set one- as we did this morning for an early appointment at the medical centre- my inner clock sets itself too and makes sure I wake up ahead of time.

Yes. And I can rarely get my internal clock to do this on its own, which is frustrating; so I set my alarm clock and I wake up feeling like I haven't slept at all.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-04-24 08:40 pm (UTC)
I almost always go short of sleep when I've got an alarm clock set. It's crazy.
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