Monday Mondays 8.10.15

Salvidore Dali’s “The Persistence of Memory” or what my body feels like when I have to rely on alarm clocks…

Tell me if you do this too…. when your alarm is set to whatever time, do you wake up before it anyway?  My husband and I had to be up extra early the other morning so I could take him to the airport, and he wanted to know if he should set the alarm on his phone too, or would I wake up without it?

I keep my phone plugged in in the bathroom at night, with the door closed, and the alarm plays my favorite classical  piece of music very quietly – Debussy’s Claire de Lune, so it never wakes him up. But my alarm – the Gentle Alarm app – also plays a “pre-alarm,” which goes off 1/2 hour before the “alarm alarm” in order to get the body ready in another 30 minutes.  I have the ultra-soft and ultra-quiet Trois Gymnopédies playing as the pre-alarm (I kind of have a thing for French composers…), so it’s a wonder I ever wake up.

Except… I always wake up before the alarm(s) go off.  Even at the incredibly early hour of 4:30 a.m. when the pre-alarm went off, I had already been awake for 1/2 hour.  And I was so busy thinking through the day as I tried to fall asleep the night before, I’m pretty sure I only got 4 hours of sleep.

So why does my body wake me up so early even when it needs the sleep???  Does this only happen to me?  Please tell me I’m not the only one with an extra early pre-alarm internal body clock?

Have a blessed week!




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