I don’t know about you, but I have a pretty reliable internal alarm clock that almost all of the time wakes me up about 10-15 minutes before my alarm goes off.
It doesn’t stop at home either. Though it’s a little harder getting out of the warm sleeping bag in the winter, I wake up before my watch alarm all the time when I’m camping. Waking up isn’t the only thing where I feel like my internal clock is activated either. It seems to kick in when I’m timing nearly everything, like cooking a pizza. I will get up to check on the oven, and a few seconds later the buzzer goes off.
Now most of the time it is a good thing…not having to be rudely woken up by some loud, obnoxious buzzer. But sometimes, like when you are getting up at like 2 or 3 in the morning and every ounce of shut eye counts, it can be a little frustrating. I’m not sure what causes this, but for me I think it is the psych of going skiing. Others say that your body begins to secrete a hormone over an hour before your anticipated time to wake up, in response to some stressful situation…like the harsh buzzing sound of your alarm. Some studies seem to back this up as well.
Interestingly enough, many people I know have the hardest time waking up, so it must be a little different for everyone. What’s it like for you?