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I have deep-sleep problem. When I go sleep, I set up at least 3 alarm clocks on my notebook ("alarm-clock" applet on linux), and set volume to maximum. They are very loud. But I never hear them, and I usually oversleep. I think I am not the only one who has this problem. Guys, please, can you help me? How just to wake up "on-the-time"?

Update: Thanks you guys for your help. I just want to say another thing that helped me a lot. A few days ago I have found out great program name f.lux. It worked and works perfectly for me. It looks like I am not having that deep sleep anymore and I am not so tired.

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They have special alarm clocks for deaf people that vibrate the bed. Perhaps you will respond more to vibration than noise? – dm03514 Sep 19 '12 at 15:00
@dm03514 I will take a look at that. I am not deaf (might just in sleep) – Zaffy Sep 19 '12 at 16:18
About your update: It's prefectly okay to answer your own question:… – user3879 Oct 3 '12 at 12:39
@smarinov i know but this questions is pretty old and i wanted to publish it to others on visible place without uping my own answer with accept. – Zaffy Oct 3 '12 at 13:08

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Before sleeping just drink 2-3 glasses of water. It will wake up you early. I do this when I want to go somewhere early in the morning.

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Best way - although it's worth experimenting with the dosage - if you are not careful you end up out of bed much earlier than you intended... – Joe Sep 19 '12 at 14:39
Worked perfectly. Thanks. – Zaffy Sep 20 '12 at 14:09
Dont drink too much... you'll end up needing to go a little sooner than morning ! – Gaʀʀʏ Sep 21 '12 at 0:27

Light is one of the key influences on sleep patterns. You might try using a lamp timer set to a bright lamp to go off 10-15 minutes before you wake up time.

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Sunlight is the best :D – GusDeCooL Sep 19 '12 at 15:03
Yep. Try opening up the blinds before going to bed. It shouldnt add too much light into the dark room, but it will bring in sunlight in the morning, which is a natural way of getting your body to wake up. – Gaʀʀʏ Sep 21 '12 at 0:28

In my experience I have real trouble getting up in the morning when I've been working on the computer before I got to bed.

Since I noticed that, I try to shut down the computer at least 30 minutes before I go to sleep. An hour is even better. I just relax and order my thougfhts before I go to bed.

Also I started listening to a relaxation programm before going to sleep. Sleep is much better this way and I wake up refreshed and eager to start the day and often before the alarm goes off.

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Thanks you for this answer. Is very useful, but I'll accept Prashant_Aryan's answer for now. – Zaffy Sep 20 '12 at 14:08

Get something like a sonic bomb shaking alarm clock or build yourself something like the pneumatic alarm clock.

You might consider doing a sleep study to see if it's a sleep disorder, too.

You don't provide your sleep habits; getting enough sleep helps. Programming yourself to wake up at a given time may also be possible, but I don't know if that is effective for everybody.

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I have enough of sleep, with that oversleeps 7 - 10+ hours. – Zaffy Sep 18 '12 at 23:35
Or a little milder version of this: you phone on vibrate. – Jan Doggen Jul 22 '15 at 7:28

Work on your sleep cycle. Try to get up at the same time every day and go to bed at the same time. I used to have the multiple alarm clocks until I realized that I too was conditioned to ignore them. I actually found having no alarm clock at all works well.

When I want a wakeup alarm now I use newer cell phone alarms which have a lot of options for repeats and vibrates and rising level, etc.

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I used to use cell phone but it was too quiet – Zaffy Sep 19 '12 at 13:03

Android app AlarmDroid only stops ringing after you have solved a mathematical task. Also take very high whistles as ringing sound, whistling wakes up most snoring people

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I wonder if it supports playing really awful MP3s. I think that listening to Justin Bieber until solving a mathematical problem would get you up in a hurry. – Gaʀʀʏ Sep 21 '12 at 0:28
@le_garry No, it would lead to spontaneous energetic disassembly of the offending phone. – Dave Newton Sep 21 '12 at 10:23
Yeah, I used to try those math tasks to wake me up. Ended up just pulling out the battery and going back to sleep. Or closing it from the task killer. – Muz Jul 26 '13 at 22:08

Funny or not I know a similar case that was using some of those annoying iphone ringtones like some pelicans and extreme ringing that could woke up the whole neighborhood. Only worked for the neighbors i must say... Then he switched to the "alien ship" ringtone also from the iphone ringtones and he wakes up in no time... So i guess that gentle ringtone is helping out!

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If you have a smart phone take a look at apps like Sleep Cycle. They monitor your movement in bed and based on that infer your current sleep mode.

If you're in REM sleep and it's close to the wakeup time, it will vibrate and sound. In REM sleep you're much more likely to wake up.

In fact, I use a custom ringtone in which I wisper "Wout, wake up!" and it wakes me up immediately without waking my wife.

As a bonus you get a sleep log with pretty graphs, helping you to improve your sleep.

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Get a better alarm sound. Babies are biologically designed to wake their parents up, no matter how deep they're sleeping. Use a crying baby as an alarm sound. A lot of sirens work too, and many other shrill, high-pitched noises.

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Get a free call service built into an alarm app, like AlarmCaller.

If the app alarm doesn't wake you up, the app will auto call an alternate line in your home repeatedly to wake you up.
So now your house phone will ring to try and wake you up.
If you still don't get up, the app can ring your spouse, or next door neighbor.

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Here's what I did to "hack" my sleep.

Before, I would sleep anything from 9 – 10 hours. Nowadays, I'm down to 6 – 7 hours at most. I get up from the bed feeling refreshed every day.

I don't have a single best way, but rather a combination of things. If you do all of these, and won't improve your sleep drastically (sleeping less and better), then I would be very surprised.

Drink 1-2 glasses of water before sleep

This has been mentioned above, and it works well. Just don't drink too much, or you will have to go up in the middle of the night.

Increase light and temperature at wake-up

Light, and more importantly temperature, informs our circadian rhythms that it's time to wake up. I purchased a Philips Wake-Up Light that will slowly light up as the morning progresses. The light will increase the temperature just slightly so that your body may notice.

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Keep a water bottle and 100 mg caffeine pills by your bed

As soon as you wake up, pop a caffeine pill. You don't need to go out to the kitchen and make a cup of coffee.

Get an app like Sleep Cycle that will wake you at the right time

With Sleep Cycle, you set the alarm time when you would like to be woken at the latest. You also set an interval for when you can be waken up at the earliest (default 30 min). Using sound or vibration input which is interpreted by a algorithm, Sleep Cycle when recognise when you are in the REM cycle of your sleeping pattern. This is the ideal time to wake up. This way, even if your clock was set to 7:30 AM, it can wake you up at 7:05 AM if you are in right state then, making you more likely to wake up feeling refreshed.

Set a Sound/Music alarm

I have programmed my iMac using AppleScript to do these things every day:

  • 07:30 The sound of ocean waves starts playing from a Youtube video

  • 07:45 My "Wake-up" iTunes playlist starts playing automatically on my speakers, with good morning music

  • 08:00 Bloomberg News comes on, giving me the latest financial updates and get the business juices flowing.

Live a healthy lifestyle

Become a vegeterian, and/or begin to exercise, and/or begin to meditate. I have started to do all three of these, and they have all helped me become more energetic. I feel that this is directly correlated to my improved sleep.

Implement a sleep routine

Open your bedroom windows or lower your AC a few hours before sleep. The ideal temperature for best sleep is around 18-19° C. Yes, it's that cool.

Always take care of yourself before going to bed. Be sure that your bed is properly made and you have clean and fresh bedclothes. Pamper your skin with a good revitalising skin moisturiser. Turn off all lights at least 40 minutes before sleep. Get Flux or Night Shift on your devices, because blue light interrupts our circadian rhytms. If you want to read in the dark, get an app that can display dim red light, or get a reading lamp which glows red. If you can't sleep, listen to a relaxation program on Youtube or with an app like Calm.

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You should try to go to sleep extra early so you can wake up earlier or have a person wake you up gently by opening up the shutters on by one it is much more soothing than playing vigorous music to get you up

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