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Re: 6am.. alarm woes

here is the phillips one mirfield mentioned.

it gets the highest reviews and test wins, its the most expensive though.

i think i may be able to outwit it by throwing a blanket over it, but maybe i might not want to because its not annoying? worth considering since winter is on its way..


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Old 07.10.2015, 12:17
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so these arent gimmicky? they might work?
I have one of those Philips wake-up lights (an older model) and I'm very happy with it. Most of the time I wake up from the light.
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Old 07.10.2015, 12:20
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I have a wake up light. However it doesn't succeed in getting me out of bed - I found the birds / flute too relaxing and just slept through it.

I now have the wake up light plus radio timed to come on at 6:30. Then I have my mobile phone alarm with with a mewowing cat at 7 am (I love cats). Finally I have my mobile phone alarm with a really annoying tune at 7:30 (all this time the radio is still playing).

If I have to get up that will get me out of bed. If I don't, I may lie there for another half an hour. The dawn lamp switches itself off after 2 hours and that wakes me up if nothing else does!

For really urgent getting up needs, I ask the staff here in the foyer to come and bang on my door until I open it, but I realise that's not a solution most people can access!
very thorough, i love the cat meow idea.
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Old 07.10.2015, 12:27
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Re: 6am.. alarm woes

We had one for our son which has a sort of propeller blade thing that flies across the room when the alarm goes off. It only stops when you get up and retrieve the thing and put it back in place.
Maybe something like that would work?
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Old 07.10.2015, 12:35
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Re: 6am.. alarm woes

Just go to bed earlier.
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Old 07.10.2015, 12:44
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Re: 6am.. alarm woes

A very typical 1st world problem.

I use to be woken up by my father who was in the army, because, if we do not bath before 5.30 am, there will be not another chance to bath until the same time next day, and you dont want to go to school/university, without bathing, when the normal temperature is 35-38 degrees and you love sports.

M sure on the other side of the spectrum are people who need a 150 CHF device to wake them up
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Old 07.10.2015, 12:50
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A very typical 1st world problem.

I use to be woken up by my father who was in the army, because, if we do not bath before 5.30 am, there will be not another chance to bath until the same time next day, and you dont want to go to school/university, without bathing, when the normal temperature is 35-38 degrees and you love sports.

M sure on the other side of the spectrum are people who need a 150 CHF device to wake them up
You were able to bathe every day?

Ha! We could only bathe once a month - and that was with a damp sponge which we had to share with the next door neighbours and their dog.

You people don't know you're born.
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Old 07.10.2015, 12:53
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perhaps this one is for you:

I have one of those! It's mental, and drove me crazy. It now resides in my son's bedroom.
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Old 07.10.2015, 13:13
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I am not sure if mine would have actually woken me up by itself (maybe back when I was super well-rested) but it made waking up with a normal alarm much more "gentle" - no jolt of panic when the beeping started.

To be honest that sounds like the opposite of what you need though

Unfortunately mine died after about 3 years and I haven't gotten around to troubleshooting/repairing/replacing it yet. In the meantime Mr. MathNut uses the alarm on his phone and I wake up when I hear him creaking across the floor.


If you want to investigate whether having lights come on automatically will help you wake up / stay awake, a cheap way to do so is to get a bedside lamp and put it on a mechanical timer (you can buy these for 5-10 francs at Jumbo, Hornbach, etc.) Set it to be on from 6:00-7:00am and no other time. Then you're not constantly messing with it, turning it off manually, using it to read in bed etc. - use whatever lamp you already have for all that stuff, this one is the wake-up light. It won't have a gradual dimmer, bird songs etc. but you can find out whether having a light on is something that might aid your wakeup or not.
this made me think,

there is a product in the states

Lighten Up! Model 308 Sunrise Simulator - $39.95 - Uses Your Own Lamp

would anyone know if such a thing is available in ch/europe? A quick search of amazon.de did not reveal anything.
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Re: 6am.. alarm woes

Why not get an alarm clock with a snooze function? It'll beep again after 5 or 10 Minutes.
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Old 07.10.2015, 13:31
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Re: 6am.. alarm woes

I have never had much success with alarm clocks--I usually have both phones set for the same time with alternating snooze timing.

But lately I have had mild success with sleep cycles.

From my brief google-research, apparently the sleep cycle is on 1.5 hour intervals.

If I aim for my alarm to go off 6 hours (or 7.5, or 9 ) after I go to bed, I usually find the snooze function to be useless as the alarm and end of sleep cycle leave me awake in bed failing to fall asleep for my snooze.

Very preliminary trying and experience, but I've had a bit of success with this.
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Old 07.10.2015, 13:49
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But lately I have had mild success with sleep cycles.

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I have a Jawbone "Up" which is actually a fitness tracker, but it also can track sleep cycles. You wear the wrist band to bed, tell it when to wake you, and it will wake* you in a light sleep phase around your desired time.
it took me a few nights to get use to wearing it - but I can say it worked. I don't use it daily, but when I do, I wake more refreshed than I did/do from my blaring phone alarm.

(*vibrates gently, but if you're in a light sleep phase, it should be enough)
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Old 07.10.2015, 14:14
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Re: 6am.. alarm woes

This might work for you:
http://www.health.com/health/gallery...6099_8,00.html

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Old 07.10.2015, 14:17
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They're great, but you might still need a proper alarm as a back up (I always did).

A more effective alternative is children - but you have to place your order a few months in advance.

Yea ! if you have 4 of theme ,you will wake up at 4am the rest of your life
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Old 07.10.2015, 14:23
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you were able to bathe every day?

Ha! We could only bathe once a month - and that was with a wet cold sponge which we had to share with the next door neighbours and their dog.

You people don't know you're born.

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Re: 6am.. alarm woes

Time to get up already .......
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Re: 6am.. alarm woes

Make sure someone in the house is a light sleeper who doesn't have to get up at 6a.m. Buy an alarm that's loud enough to wake the light sleeper, but doesn't wake you.

The light sleeper will come stumbling into your bedroom in order to abuse you verbally, and perhaps physically as well. This will ensure you get to work on time.
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Re: 6am.. alarm woes

Maybe we should re-introduce knocker-uppers.
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Maybe we should re-introduce knocker-uppers.
are you volunteering to knock up some of the EF ladies?
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Maybe we should re-introduce knocker-uppers.
Re-introduce? Why, only this morning... oh, I see...
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