As my loyal readers know, I have long been a proponent of alarm-clock-free living. More than a proponent, really; I’m an alarm-clock-free evangelist. I believe that ditching your snooze button is one of the simplest and healthiest changes that a person can make in his or her life, although it’s one that I find is met with a lot of skepticism.
One of my favorite skeptics was my friend Clay. When we first met about a year and a half ago, I told him that I was alarm-clock-free and, like most people, he was incredulous. I’m happy to report that Clay is now a convert! He’s the author of a lovely blog on healthful living (The Growing Life) and has just written a wonderful article about waking without an alarm. Check it out here.
For the first seven days of his alarm-clock-free experiment, he kept a log of what time he intended to wake up and what time he actually woke up:
I’ve never kept a log, but my experience has been very similar.
Also, I should give credit where credit is due: My own alarm clock liberation was inspired by my friend Chris, who has been alarm-clock-free for years, and my at-the-time boss who first introduced me to the concept of alarm clock dependency.
If you’re tired of waking up to an arsenal of screeching alarms, feeling drained and cranky, and hitting the snooze button seventeen times before opening your eyes, you should give natural waking a try. I’ve yet to meet someone who couldn’t do it– it’s like some weird brain magic!