Is your alarm clock loud enough to wake you in the morning? I know a
fellow who was so hard to wake that he took a lamp timer and a 120 volt
10" fire bell to use as his wake up alarm. I believe it spooked the
neighbors too. This is a link to a video of steps one guy took to wake
himself up in the morning. ^_^
On a slightly similar note, I just bought a new alarm clock for my
basement. I don't need an alarm clock, just wanted a clock to put on a
shelf so I could quickly glance up and see the time. I was actually
replacing a really, really old alarm clock that died.
Anyway, instead of a snooze button, the new ($10) alarm clock has a "snooze
leg". There are four really short "legs" on the bottom of the clock with a
rubber pad on each one. Typical anti-skid set up. What's different in this
case is that one of the front legs is actually the snooze button. If you
hit the top of the clock just about anywhere, it closes the leg switch and
sets the snooze.
Pretty interesting design. It's probably cheaper to make the case without a
snooze bar on top and the user doesn't have to search for a snooze bar, he
can tap the top of the clock just about anywhere. Your classic win-win.
I consider a snooze button (or "snooze leg") to be a bad idea. Putting
the alarm clock next to your bed is a bad idea too. These make it too
easy to go back to sleep when you should be waking up.
When I used an alarm clock regularly, I had programmed my computer
(across the room) to make a short (.5 second) beep at moderate volume
(which was usually enough to wake me up), followed by a minute of
silence (when I could get up and stop the alarm), followed by a longer
period of alternating tones played loudly.
My problem is that most alarm clocks have
a very high pitch chirp. Which is way into
my hearing loss zone. Very often, I simply
don't hear the alarm. I've found that if I
turn the clock facing the wall, the chirper
is towards me. More likely for me to hear
it. The old Westclox with the mechanical
buzzer were good.
It is a $10 item at Wal Mart. I just bought a new one and was amazed at
what you can get for $10 to $25.
Where I live I can get two stations. One has the headline news when I
get up so I know if Khrushchev sent the missiles to attack us during the
night. If yes, I sleep in. If no, I have to go to work.
TDD..... Hatter was the man, er, boy, er, child. He tried to be obnoxious
but ended up being more than thoroughly pwned. However he did make for a
lively group with long threads.... and I don't mean his lousy sig.
And I hope the two alarms on that clock were rigged to have some musical
I used to set 5 alarms all over the bedroom. I even begged people to call
me. They wouldn't. Some years later, I heard of a service that would call
you for a fee. I probably would have used them too!
My schedule was such that I might be working late one day and early the
next. No set days off. So I was constantly sleep deprived.
Things are much better now. I only set three alarms most days but I do take
them to bed with me. If I don't have to be up and somewhere, then I only
set one alarm. I take it to bed with me too. The alarms are right next to
There is an insensitive, Politically Incorrect joke I could make but you
could easily have a job as an emergency medical care practitioner. I'm
so proud of myself for showing incredible restraint. Geez I have a
warped mind! ^_^
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