Here's an interesting piece of somewhat-related trivia: I'm supposed to start work at 9am.
I have alarm clock issues. I am not sure what happened this morning, if my alarm did not go off, or if I was just in too deep of a illness-and-drug-induced slumber to notice it. Still, I definitely have alarm clock issues.
I am a terrible sleeper most of the time. I have a hard time getting to sleep, then I sleep very lightly. This tends to hold true all night, until approximately one hour before my alarm is set to go off. Then I drop into a deep and delicious sleep, which is always rudely interrupted by my alarm -- inducing much grumpiness and suffering.
My alarm clock issues began a few weeks ago. Because of what I just described in the above paragraph, the whole scenario is rather hazy in my mind. I was mostly-still-asleep at the time, so I cannot truthfully say how much of the following story is true, and how much of it was a dream-fabrication.
That said, here is what I remember happening. My alarm clock went off. As is standard for me, as soon as I heard it I rolled over and slapped the snooze button. (We loves our snooze button, oh yes we do.) The alarm did not stop beeping. Figuring I must have missed, I slapped the button again, a little more accurately. It still didn't stop beeping. I began repeatedly slapping and then pounding on the alarm clock, trying to get it to be quiet. The alarm was piercing my ears, driving me crazy, and I was beating the clock with my fist. The damn thing kept beeping at me!
Finally I roused myself enough to pick up the clock and physically turn the alarm off. One would figure that at this point I would have just gotten up, but one would be wrong. Instead I set "alarm 2" (the clock had 2 alarm times which could be set individually) for about 20 minutes in the future, put the clock back down, and went relievedly back to sleep.
Needless to say, I did not wake up 20 minutes later. The alarm never went off again, and I eventually woke up on my own. Late for work. I made a mental note to test my alarm before using it again, then I rushed off to work.
That night when I came home, I noticed that the alarm did not show the correct time. I figured in my half-asleep mishandling I must have reset the time not the alarm. I corrected the time and went about my evening.
When I returned to my bedroom to go to sleep later that night, I saw that the clock once again showed the wrong time. I decided it was no longer trustworthy, and I started using a different (lesser) alarm clock that I'd had as a backup.
I kept the defective clock for awhile, and the time it showed gradually grew worse. At first it was just wildly inaccurate, but then it started showing non-numbers. I mean, how often is it really 13:5d o'clock? Meanwhile, the lesser alarm clock was doing a poor job of waking me up, because it just plays music instead of making an annoying noise. It is way too easy for a determined subconscious to just blend music into its dream tapestry. And my subconscious is always very determined to stay asleep when it is time to wake up.
So sometime last week I finally went to the store to buy a new alarm clock. I didn't find one I liked, so I just bought a cheap $7 one to take care of me until I found one I preferred. (I really like the kind with two settings, but couldn't find one.)
Up until this morning, it's worked great -- in fact I've been quite pleased with it. Honestly, it might have even worked this morning...it's hard to say, given the circumstances. I guess I'll just have to play with it tonight and see if it functions or not.
And I'll be sure to set my lesser alarm clock too. Just in case.