mr. alarm clock, we’ve got problems.

As my family and close friends know, I have no trouble falling asleep. I think we could probably have a fun little contest between family and fabs of who has more pictures of this exact thing.

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But we don’t need to play that game. Moving on. So while I fall asleep on the couch almost every night occasionally, I also have big problems waking up. As my old roomies (both Amanda and Sarah) would attest to, I snooze my alarm clock every single morning and often for over an hour. When I was single, it wasn’t too terrible. I didn’t wake my roommates that often.

Now I’m married. And you’d think having an other half would help me get up on the first ring. Or even the second. The problem is JoMo does it tooooo! Nooooo!!! Now my habit and his habit have become our habit. And we can’t get out of bed. 

We’ve tried putting our phones on the other side of the room, in which case we’ll get out of bed, grab our phones, hit snooze and lie back down. We’ve tried using a real alarm clock (not our phones), but alas I have trust issues and still use my phone and the pattern continues.

So aside from all the “go to bed on time” or “eat better” or “have a routine” or any of those lifestyle adjustments that we try over and over – what alarm clocks are you using? What system do you have that gets you out of bed? Any good apps? Or are we just freaks of nature that can’t be helped?

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7 thoughts on “mr. alarm clock, we’ve got problems.

  1. I don’t know why I’ve never told you about this before! It’s an app called Smart Alarm Clock. You place your phone under your pillow and set the time you want to be woken up. Based on your movement (whether you know you are moving or not), it will wake up at the best possible time no earlier than 30 minutes before the alarm goes off. When I use it, I wake up so refreshed and ready to wake up! It gets easy to hit snooze but don’t do it! You have to be dedicated to get out of the bed!

    • Lauren, I’ve tried using it (or something similar to it). The problem I have is that I ended up knocking the phone off the bed… So then I put it underneath the sheet (like they recommended) but it still slipped out somehow… It may be that my late night movements are too crazy for this app! Although I’m sure it has to do with the 2 rascals we let crawl in bed with us sometimes…

  2. Hey Kelly/JoMo,

    I was just checking out your blog and I want you to know that I can totally relate to this. Waking up before 10am has always been difficult for me so I thought maybe I can share something that I’ve found incredibly helpful.

    While I’m fortunate to have a fiancee that does not have this problem and helps me wake up every day, I still have difficulty with it. I read something a few months ago, however, that has helped me immensely.

    Apparently, the main reason for feelings of grogginess in the morning is a lack of proper hydration. When you’re dehydrated, your body can’t process energy as well and you begin to feel sluggish. Normally, you can just walk over and get some water, but when you’re asleep, that’s not an option. The solution is to keep water next to your bed. Get a water bottle that you can dedicate to your nightstand and fill it up every night before you go to bed. When you wake up in the morning, feel free to hit that snooze alarm and grab another 15 minutes, but first, drink every drop in that bottle. If you still feel like sleeping when you’re done, then I don’t know what to tell you. But in my experience, by the time I’ve finished the bottle, I’m awake enough to get up and get moving.

    So that’s it! Give it a try and let me know if that helps.

    • Wow, that’s really interesting. We actually just re-focused ourselves on staying hydrated during the day, but I like this night tip. Definitely trying – will keep you posted!

  3. My alarm clock has a light bulb in it that gradually gets brighter over the course of 30 min. By the time the alarm goes off it is like the sun has risen and the room is bright. I usually wake up just from the light.

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