Waking up in a good mood is hardly possible for me unless I have come to consciousness some time after the sun has risen, preferably after 7:30 a.m. My idea of being up early is to “still be up”. It is just to hard to get up early and be somewhere so staying up is the better alternative. I have a great fear of sleeping in as well so sleeping well before an early morning is very difficult.
I have no idea why I hate morning so much. Some theorists believe those of us who live with environmental allergies prefer to be up at night because the allergens are less active then and we can sleep well through the morning because the dew is still keeping the dust and pollen down. Makes sense to me.
At any rate mornings are my enemy and because of that I have a quest for the perfect alarm for those days that I must get up early and put on a human face.
I have seen some alarms recently which introduce light into the room while you listen to lovely music. The light and the volume of the music increase together and you supposedly wake feeling ready to get going. Expensive little device though.There are a few for the iPhone which are available for not too much but I haven’t tried any yet. (Light alarms for iPhone)
One alarm, which is particularly appealing, is was one which brews coffee at your bedside. The Bariseur to me, would be very much like having a maid wake me in the morning with a fresh pot of coffee, a kind word and parting of the curtains in my elaborate room. Of course she would have lit the fire too – very Downton Abbey.
We’ve come a long way since the little wind up clock that sat beside my bed as a kid. Now the soft sounds of my iPhone are almost friendly and wake me with little resistance. The best part is I don’t have to worry about the time being wrong or power outages as long as I’ve remembered to charge my phone.
While some of these other things are worth a try I did run across something last week that I would incorporate into my perfect alarm clock. It is a lovely five minute audio visual presentation called “A Good Day” by Brother David Stendil-Rast. It is a quick reminder of all the wonder and beauty we are given with each day and would be a pleasant way to start the day and remind me of the good things before I have too much time to consider the bad. Now if I could just get Morgan Freeman to read it to me.
So my perfect clock, incorporates daylight, coffee, a maid, and gentle voices reminding me about the things I need to be grateful for in the day. Or could it be the perfect alarm is the one I don’t need at all.