Why Alarm Clocks Are Evil

Darth Vader Alarm Clock

The Force is strong with this one.

BEEEEP-BEEEEP-BEEEEP-BEEEEP

That is annoying to read, let alone to actually hear at 200 decibels (an entirely unscientific approximation) first thing in the morning. It is no wonder that you’ve probably had the inclination to smash your alarm clock a la Bill Murray in Groundhog Day at least once in your lifetime. You know, like this:

SmashAlarmClock

The Force is strong with this one as well.

Or maybe this:

I would advocate purchasing a large number of cheap alarm clocks – just to do this on occasion.

Anyhow – the point is that Science (with a capital “S”) has determined what many of us already knew: Your Alarm Clock May Be Hazardous to Your Health.

And it’s not just about the chronic sleep deficit many of us suffer from (as if that weren’t bad enough). By holding ourselves to the time demands of today’s society, we are “wreaking havoc” (the Words of Science) on our body’s natural rhythms, preventing our internal “daily clock” (a bundle of nerves called the suprachiasmatic nucleus, if you must know) from rewinding itself, impairing the body’s ability to do stuff – like control body temperature, secrete hormones, regulate blood pressure, and manage your internal organs. You know, the little things. We are “tuned” to the natural cycle afforded to us by the rotation of the earth – sunlight and darkness reset the body clock to prepare it for action the next day. Vary too much from that schedule for too long, either by waking too early or staying up too late, and you are asking for trouble.

The_Earth_seen_from_Apollo_17

This thing doesn’t spin for nothing.

While we might not be able to turn off our alarm clocks and cancel all of our morning meetings, we can ask ourselves the following:

  • Where else in my life am I answering to an ‘unnatural’ calls?
  • What is throwing me off of my natural rhythm? What IS my natural rhythm?
  • How can I “rewind”, and how often do I need to?

Now I wouldn’t want you to waste time by worrying about time, but the clock is ticking …

Always,

Felix

 

photo credits:

Darth Vader Alarm Clock – millionaireplayboy.com. It’s not what you think!

Bill Murray 1: tumblr

Bill Murray 2: gifsoup

Earth: Wikipedia

 

2 thoughts on “Why Alarm Clocks Are Evil

  1. I traded in my alarm clock for a chime that gets progressively louder. Puts me in a much better place in the morning….

  2. Why so many people are sleep-deprived and insomnia so prevalent is the alarm clock. The whole point of the alarm clock is to wake you before your body is ready.

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