Friday, March 15, 2013

Alarm clock induced insomnia

Normally, I don't require an alarm clock to awaken in time to go to work.  In fact I can count on one hand the number of times I've been aroused from deep slumber in order to be on time for my job.  Yet every work eve night I dutifully turn my alarm on.

I wake between 2 and 3:30 a.m. everyday for greater than 25 years, work or no work.  This is planned rather than insomnia.  I have a morning routine including exercise, shower, and breakfast that gets me to my place of employment by 0630.

As I've gathered longevity, my hours of deep sleep have diminished to around 4 to 5 hours, but still I can doze in and out of a dream state for a couple more hours, 'til 0330.  With that I mind, I set an electric alarm for 0400 as insurance against "sleeping-in."

This morning when the alarm sounded, awakening me from sound slumber, I arose somewhat more foggy than usual but , no mind, I attended to my morning toilet and proceeded to the kitchen to prepare a cuppa and check my e-mail and face book.  After a time I checked my watch to assure myself that it was indeed the Ides of March and to see if it was time to proceed to my shower.

0:32 stared up at me from my wrist!  No, no way, I thought, there must be something wrong with my watch.  Perhaps I'd left it in timer  mode or some such thing.  I checked all the time devices in my apartment including the alarm clock to have confirmed that indeed it was only 32 minutes past midnight.  And now I'm wide awake.

Earlier in the afternoon I had unplugged my alarm clock to move it to a more reachable night stand.  When I reset it, as one must do when unplugging an electric clock, I forgot to reset the alarm time which resets to it's default setting; midnight.

And so it goes!