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Wake-up calls for deep sleepers

Perhaps it’s due to the amount I sleep; perhaps it’s a lack of willpower; perhaps it’s simply congenital; but I’m an incredibly heavy sleeper.

It’s been a problem for quite some time. I battle to get up each morning. Alarms don’t wake me, because I sleepwalk to the alarm and unconsciously turn it off or hit snooze  5 times.

I’ve tried a great many methods for addressing the issue.

  • Placing the alarm across the room.
  • Placing the alarm in a different room.
  • Placing three alarm clocks in different rooms of my apartment.
  • Hiding the alarm clock so I have to dig to get it.
  • Wrapping the alarm clock in multiple layers of envelopes and rubber bands to extend the time I have to spend manipulating it, and hopefully give myself an opportunity to wade ashore from the mud of REM sleep.
  • Setting the alarm clock for an hour early to give me time to “sleep in.”
  • Setting the alarm clock for 10 minutes late to jolt me with urgency.
  • Setting the alarm on my phone to go off with a vibration and going to sleep spooning the phone.
  • Placing my coffee maker on my bedside table to lure me with the aroma of wakefulness.
  • Setting a CD-playing alarm clock to wake me up with Cradle of Filth. (Don’t look this band up. Just be aware that the first song opens with a ghastly 10-second scream and black metal guitar riffs. That only put me in a murderous mood until about 2:30 pm.)
  • After that flopped, I set the CD-alarm clock to wake me up with my favorite song. (That only led to me pleasantly and peacefully snoozing through the first half of the disc.)
  • Prepare to cringe: I have even taped a strip of thumbtacks – sharp side up – to the snooze button. Not pleasant. Didn’t really work. Needed band-aids.

I drink a lot of coffee.

This post does have a point: I did some digging and found some truly, truly wicked sweet alarm clocks I’d like to share with you today. (Many thanks to http://www.uberreview.com and http://www.neatorama.com for tips.) I’m trying to decide which one will be my life partner. Check it out.


snuznluzThis alarm clock connects to your bank account via wi-fi. Every time you hit snooze, it transfers your money to a hated charity of your choice. That’s innovation. Given that I’m both frugal and highly opinionated on social and political issues, this just might be my match.

Flying Alarm Clock

Flying Alarm Clock
Brilliant. When it’s time for you to get up, the blowfly alarm clock takes off in flight. To turn it off, you have to chase it around the room and place it back on its base. I found something like this on Amazon a while back, but tragically, the Amazon version had bad reviews for shoddy construction.

Jigsaw Puzzle Alarm Clock

puzzle alarm
When this “Puzzle Alarm” from Bim Bam Banana goes off, it fires four puzzle pieces into the air. The alarm clock will not pipe down until you find the pieces and put them back together.

Laser Target Alarm Clock

Laser Target Alarm ClockTo turn this clock off, you have to grab the Star Trek-style laser beam and concentrate carefully to aim the laser at the bull’s-eye of the target. I actually don’t know if I’m coordinated enough to handle this task even at my most alert.


This one is called Clocky. When you hit the snooze button, it rolls off of the nightstand, falls to the floor, and scurries around the room, searching for a place to hide. To turn the alarm off, you have to go find him.

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  1. October 24, 2009 at 7:27 am

    You came up with this post just so Miguel would sub it to Digg didn’t you?

  2. October 26, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Do you really have this problem? If so, have you been tested for Sleep Apnea Disorder? I’ve heard that it strikes approximately one in 50 American women, and one in 25 men. Since an inability to jar yourself awake in an emergency might be life-threatening, I’d concern myself with that, before searching out a remedy which only alleviates the problem of tardiness.

    I do love clocks… not these ones, though, and I hate alarms, too. So, I’ve trained myself to awake 5 minutes before it goes off, no matter what time it’s set for …

    Just thought I’d share.

    • juliakwakefield
      October 27, 2009 at 2:44 pm

      Lisa – I appreciate your insight. I’ve never been tested for sleep apnea… I don’t really snore (I don’t think I snore, anyway), so it never really crossed my mind.

      Wish I could train myself to wake up before the alarm rings; it must be a much more pleasant way to greet the day 🙂

      Thanks for your comment.

  3. juliakwakefield
    May 5, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    By the way, everybody, I ended up going with the “Clocky,” the one that races around the room until you catch it and shut it up. Does it work? Meh. But that’s no one’s fault but my unconscious self.

  4. March 17, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Julia, I injoyed your article. I can imagine after doing all of those methods to have the alarm clock wake you up, you were probably tired and frustrated. I thought the alarm clocks that you have illustrated are quite entertaining.

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