Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Right, internet, answer me this...

As my (admittedly simple) intellect can't seem to come up with a solution to this, I am throwing it open to the unwashed masses of internet-land.
Every night, I set the alarm for the time I need to wake up. The time I set it for gives me loads of time to get up, have a cup of tea, get washed & dressed, make sure my bag is packed etc. I'm not leaving things to the last minute as I used to do. The problem is, I never get woken up by the alarm - I always wake up at least 30 minutes before it's due to go off, and more often than not I wake up more than once in the night worrying about the time. Why?!
It's as though my mind panics at silly o'clock and thinks "you're gonna be late" so it clicks me awake to make sure I'm not late... but of course at 03:34 in the morning even the laziest of students would struggle to be late getting up at that time. I honestly am at a loss, and I can't remember the last time I was actually woken up by the alarm. Frustrating isn't the word. I don't have an excess amount of caffeine before I hit the pit, I'm not waking up with a dodgy prostate needing to pee like a derby winner... so what can I do?? All I want is to be able to get into bed, go to sleep, and then be woken up at the right time. It's not too much to ask, is it?
And quite often, if I've got things rolling around in my head like loose barrels in a storm-tossed sea clipper, I can struggle to get back to sleep at all. More than once I've been woken by some little switch in my head and then still been awake 2 hours later.

So there we go, that's my problem. (OK, that's one of my problems). Answers / suggestions / comments to the usual address...

Peace.

7 comments:

purplegirl said...

I don't know that there's anything you can do about it, honestly. It's a conditioning thing. My mom wakes up at 3:30 every morning--because that's when her parents got up when she was a child and her father was in the Army. I wake up briefly at about seven most days--not that I know why that is. The time clock in our brains is really difficult to reset.

Miss Wills said...

I find it hard to get to sleep most nights, as there is always something that im thinking about, what I find hard is getting up in time, sometimes I will sleep straight through my alarm...which isnt good.

Colin said...

I'm normally awake half the night as my little one need a feed during the night. I have to admit lately my little one has been a lot better and she only wakes up once.

Happy days

russ said...

Mine normally wakes up twice a night, so when it comes to the alarm - yes it wakes me up.

So there you have it - get a baby, you'll sleep every minute you can!

Phil Dawson said...

your brain knows what time it is so the only way to ensure a decent night sleep is to drown it with alcohol so that its still out clubbing when your alarm goes off.

maybe you could try NOT setting your alarm. Murphys law states that it will be the first morning you sleep soundly until your late for work.

ive long been a sufferer of things rolling around in my head keeping my brain awake. one day i figured out that they were all things i wanted to remember to do so i started writing them out in a list before i went to bed. worked like a charm!

Shauna said...

Simon, you won't need me to tell you that my husband is lying/deluded/quite literally in dreamworld!

He doesn't lie awake half the night, believe me!

Simon said...

Colin - BUSTED!