For the last two weeks one of my neighbors has been setting his/her alarm clock to go off at 7:00 AM sharp. For the last two weeks now, said schmuck has been hitting the snooze button whenever it goes off and waiting until 8:00 AM to finally wake up and shut the fuc… :: ahem :: shut the alarm completely off.
Whoever it is has ruined what was once a completely refreshing experience for me. I used to be able to wake up whenever I wanted, on my own and free from an alarm clock (I’m one of those weirdos’s who can wake up any time they want simply by thinking about it the night before. Without fail, I always wake up before the alarm kicks off). So mornings to me are refreshing and comfortable. It borders on enjoyable because I’m usually awake long before the alarm clock would ever go off.
There are rare times that I know an alarm clock is a must. When I know that I can’t trust myself to fully wake up on my own. Then I’ll set the alarm to go off at whatever time is the latest that I can sleep in, but also allow enough time to be able to get ready.
To me, it’s a no brainer. Need to be downtown at 9:00 AM? Set the alarm for 7:30 AM. That’ll allow me enough time to wake up, shower, dress, have a coffee, and make it to wherever it is downtown on time. If I need to be on the other side of town, I’ll set the thing for 7:00 AM to allow for traffic.
The key is that I figure out the night before, when I’m thinking clearly and smartly.
But this neighbor. What the hell is he/she thinking? They’ve essentially decided that 8:00 AM is the latest they can sleep in and still make it to wherever on time, but they still set the alarm for 7:00 AM, an hour before that cut-off time.
Are these people some kind of masochists? Do they enjoy the five-minute intervals of sleep, spread out over an hour? How in the world is this refreshing or even healthy? And why can’t they buy a friggen’ alarm clock that doesn’t broadcast itself across our entire apartments courtyard? Because I’m now sitting here, wide awake, listening to this some-bitches alarm clock go off every five minutes…. for the next twenty minutes, at least.
Why people? Why abuse an alarm clock like that? Why set it an hour earlier than you need? You’ve never woken up and turned the thing off before 8:00 before, what makes you think it’ll happen now? Set it for 8:00 AM and be done with it. Sleep that extra hour and enjoy it. And, more importantly, let me enjoy that hour too! I don’t need to be up until 9:00 AM.
And while my general rant and question is best aimed at whoever lives next to me that is ruining my sleep, it also applies to anyone who has used, or uses, the snooze button.
If you truly prepare yourself and actually think it out, the alarm should go off at the latest possible time that a person could sleep in but still make it to wherever it is they have to be on time. The snooze button is thus rendered useless, as using it would make you late regardless.