Hello all! I’m currently looking for a good alarm clock to help me get up in the morning. On top of having very unstable and often unhealthy sleeping habits (I’m sure a lot here can relate), I’m a very heavy sleeper and have trouble waking up on time even when I do manage to get good rest (usually because by then I’m catching up on missed sleep). A lot of mornings I’ll either sleep straight through very loud alarms or briefly become conscious but immediately fall back asleep. And right now something seems to have broken with my current radio alarm (I may have accidentally dropped it off its shelf one too many times), it’s only playing very softly and no longer of any use for waking up.
While I know that working on my sleeping habits is the best long-term solution for this, this has been a struggle for my entire life so far, and probably always will be. The knowledge that waking up is hard and that being late to work can be a big problem (I was almost fired from my job at one point) makes going to bed especially stressful and makes it really difficult for me to stop doing whatever is occupying my brain in the evening until I become too exhausted to do anything and collapse on my bed (by which point it’s already like 3 am, and sometimes I have to wake up at 5am).
Therefore, on the short term, I’m hoping that finding a good alarm clock will help at least alleviate the stress about being late by making waking up on time more reliable and normal. Shopping around online for this is on my to-do list for this weekend, but I thought I’d also ask here because I’m sure I’m not the only one who has these kinds of difficulties. Does anyone have a specific type or model of alarm clock that they found helped getting them up in the morning? I’ve heard of alarm clocks that light up the room; that would probably be good for me to try given that I sleep in a basement where there’s not a whole lot of daylight, even when it’s nice and bright outside.
Any and all suggestions are appreciated!