An exploration of sleep and insomnia, with a single destination in mind:
a good night's sleep.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Fear of Alarm Failure

Many worries can keep us up at night: Money, work, terrorism, "did I park in a legal space?," "is the baby okay?" to name just a few. Stressing about whether or not the alarm clock will sound in the morning is another.

Alarm clock worries come in several flavors: Did I set the time properly? Will the battery run out tonight? Did I engage the alarm-on setting? Did I set PM by mistake? 

Once any of these thoughts enters your head, you can kiss a good night's sleep goodbye. The more important the day, the more likely you are to worry about missing your appointment due to alarm failure. 

The solution is easy: Two alarm clocks. Chances are that you already have a second alarm clock that you can set: A watch, a smartphone, the alarm on your microwave (if it's close enough to your bedroom). You can use an online alarm such as Kuku Clok or Meta Clock.  Alternatively, there are free wake-up calling services such as Wakerupper.

If your mind has ever drifted to worrying about missing your alarm, get into the habit of setting two alarm clocks and scratch that worry off your list. 

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