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What do deaf people do to wake up?

Asked by mowens (8285 points ) July 25th, 2012

I am not deaf, but I am a very deep sleeper. My hearing can actually be freakishly good. I have an alarm clock that is 120 Db, and shakes my bed. I sleep through this. What do I do? I can tone any noise out.

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mowens's avatar

I have an older version of this.

CWOTUS's avatar

Go to bed sooner and get enough sleep.

I can’t claim to be any model in this department, yet I seem to wake up on time most weekday mornings, whether I have an alarm or not. The times that give me trouble sometimes are when I have to be awake especially early… and have not had enough sleep the night before. That can be a problem.

marinelife's avatar

Vibrating alarm clocks.

prasad's avatar

Mr. Bean’s alarm clock? ...in animated version

Or have someone to wake you up!

filmfann's avatar

My wife is deaf. We have been married almost 28 years. She enjoys staying up late watching television, and often comes to bed after midnight, if she doesn’t fall asleep in front of the TV.
In all these years, she has only overslept one time that I remember, and she has to get up early to babysit her grandson.
What wakes her up? Nothing. She somehow developed an inner clock that wakes her up when she needs to be up.
She was up past midnight last night. It is 5:30am right now, and I hear her stirring.
It amazes me.

ucme's avatar

Yeah, most folks have an “internal alarm” which wakes them up almost like clockwork.

mowens's avatar

@CWOTUS I dont have enough time to get 8 hours of sleep. I usually get to bed around miidnight, and wake up around 7 am, sometimes 6.

@marinelife Mine already vibrates. :(

@filmfann Im jealous of that. Even on the weekends, when I dont set an alarm, it takes me anhour or so to get out of bed.

filmfann's avatar

@mowens On the weekend, it is normal for my wife to sleep till late in the morning.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Try putting a light on a timer and set it to turn on about 20 minutes before the alarm goes off. It might help you ease into wakefulness.

wundayatta's avatar

Your body is telling you you need more sleep. Either make time for more sleep or sleep through your alarm clock. No more complaining. If you try to cheat your body, your body will try to win back what it needs. When you say you don’t have time to sleep, you are saying you have chosen to burn the candle at both ends. Live with your choice. There’s no way around it.

rojo's avatar

Try to get up at the same time each day even on (shudder) weekends. Eventually you do it automatically whether you want to or not.

rojo's avatar

Another way would be to have children. That way you will be up early for the next thirteen plus years and by then it should be a pattern. Another plus is that then you get to get your own back by waking them up for the following 5 years..

gailcalled's avatar

MIlo here: I can be programmed to give a sleeping person a serious swat to the nose.

NostalgicChills's avatar

I’m deaf and even I wake up to my alarm clock. I just put it as loud as it can possibly go.

linguaphile's avatar

I can’t hear anything until it hits 110 decibels in the high range in my right ear, and that’s only close up to my ear. In my left ear, I clock “no response.” translation: I’m as Deaf as humanely possible.

I don’t have an internal clock. I must use an alarm clock. I use a Sonic Boom, like @mowens, but have a lamp with a 100 watt bulb that will flash on and off. If I am overly tired and need a backup, I set my phone on vibrate and put it under my pillow. Some of my friends have a Sonic Boom hooked up to a bed-shaker.

My Deaf roommate, who’s as Deaf as I am, has an exemplary internal clock. It’s not the same for all Deaf people.

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