Lucy got a new alarm clock recently. Find out why she starts her day with a smile now.
Back in the day, alarm clocks were alarm clocks and phones were phones. One used to wake us up in the morning; the other we used to talk to people on. Both stuck to what they were good at. Now phones have got very much above their station. As well as taking on the A-Z, the newspaper, and the bank, to name a few, the not-so-humble phone has put the alarm clock in its place. Not only will my phone offer me a vast choice of sounds to wake up to, it can also tell me how well I’ve slept and opt to wake me when I’m in a lighter sleep phase.
You’d think alarm clocks would buck up their act, feeling threatened by the speed that they are being replaced on the bedside table with something which, it can’t be denied, is much smarter. But it would seem not.
I put up with my old alarm clock gathering speed (I’d have to reset it by about eight minutes once a week) and its blue glaring digital display, but when it developed what can only be described as an ‘irritating whirr’, I decided it was time for a new one. I didn’t want to resort to having my phone next to me all night. I discounted ones that use an iPod; my iPod follows me to the gym and the car so it’d be a nuisance to have to remember to plug it back into my clock nightly. When my birthday arrived I was pleased to unwrap a shiny, new DAB alarm clock radio. Trouble was the display was so tiny I could only see what time it was if I put on my specs and it needed five button presses to set the alarm, more if I wanted the alarm to be at a different time to the previous day! Not wanting to complain too much, but the DAB radio also tuned out with https://humanrightsfilmnetwork.org/kamagra regularity.
I took things into my own hands recently and decided to search for a replacement from a well-known, online marketplace. I thought my remit was straightforward. A simple-to-use alarm clock with a clear display, that would wake me with something gentler than a buzz or a beep. It took a while (clearly alarm clocks have thrown in the towel in trying to compete with phones) but I was pleased to find what looked like an old-fashioned clock, with dials and an on-off switch for the alarm. According to the description, I would be woken by birdsong, followed by a melody and then a bell.
Well, when it arrived, I couldn’t wait to set the alarm and see what would happen. What happened was that I nearly jumped out of my skin as the clock squawked into life. Not quite the birdsong I was expecting. Next came the melody: Old McDonald had a Farm! Finally, a bell so loud I expect the local firefighters started for their pole. There was no option or volume control to change any of this! On turning the alarm off, a voice rang out ‘good morning!’. I only know it was that because I referred to the instructions. It wasn’t clear but it was cheery for sure. I couldn’t help but smile at the ridiculousness of it all.
I used my new clock this morning. I managed to get to it before it got far into Old McDonald and soon enough to avoid the bell altogether. As I turned it off, I was greeted with ‘good morning!’ (or something that sounded vaguely like it) and do you know what I did? I smiled. What a nice way to start the day.
It’s easy to wake in a huff and then take that huff round with you, carrying it over your shoulders as you walk through the door into work. Perhaps a small change to your morning routine would help you leave a huff behind. It could even be something as humble as an alarm clock.