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Do you have an Internal clock? Would you trust it?

Asked by tekn0lust (1861points) June 8th, 2009

Ok so this past weekend I had a very big project I was leading. It involved around 20 people and I was in charge. I had to be at our rendezvous point at 5:15 am Saturday because I had the keys. Missing it would have been disastrous. I use my cell phone as an alarm and so I set it like I usually do just a little earlier for 4:45am. I went bed at around 10 the night before confident the alarm would wake me up. Well the alarm did not go off at 4:45, because I had it set elsewhere to only go off on Monday – Friday. However, my body woke me up at 4:47 and I was perfectly awake. Holy crap how awesome.

So do you have an internal clock that you can trust? Can you sleep well knowing that your body will wake you up if there is a consequence for being late?

I haven’t worn a watch in years but I have a pretty good idea +/- 5 minutes of what time it is at any given point of the day.

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Blondesjon's avatar

I have had to awaken to an alarm clock for so long that I wake up every day at 5:00 a.m. Usually ten minutes before I normally get up.

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

Seems like it, yes. I also haven’t worn a watch in over a decade and set alarms on my cell phone but I usually wake up right before they go off. I like that feeling. What I don’t like is being late for anything, I’d much rather be early.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

My internal clock wakes me up every weekday at 6AM.
I am grateful for this because then I get that extra hour of going back to sleep before having to get up for work.

That one hour of sleep between 6 and 7 is the best.
If I had someplace to be however, I would not trust it.

tekn0lust's avatar

Yeah I love the feeling of waking up before you have to so you can lie there for a little bit and enjoy. It seems like that happens when you get a good night of really great sleep. Like after a really fulfilling day.

@all do you go to sleep at the same time each night and so your body has learned to sleep x hours and then wake or do you go to bed at different times and your body just knows it’s 5/6am and time to wake up?

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

My body knows what time my alarm clock is set for. It’s odd to me that whenever I set my alarm clock, I somehow wake up 10 minutes before it goes off. The only time I ever hear my alarm clock is when I’m already in the shower because I forgot to turn it off when I woke up.

shrubbery's avatar

Nope, not at all. I find it really hard to wake up when my alarm goes off in the morning. And I have trouble keeping track of how late it gets. I have to be careful I don’t reverse my days and nights by sleeping in and staying up too late and falling into a vicious cycle. I’m good at estimating how long it takes to walk somewhere though….. that’s about it.

YARNLADY's avatar

I do have, but I still set a clock in case something unexpected comes up. I ‘nearly’ always wake up 5 minutes before it goes off.

mcbealer's avatar

You guys are so so lucky! I’m with @shrubbery, and have always had trouble waking up to an alarm clock, often actually incorporating the sound itself into my dreams. Sometimes it’s someone yelling or screaming, or some machinery in the dream making the noise… and I sleep through it for at least a few minutes!

tiffyandthewall's avatar

i absolutely do not have an internal clock. my neighbors are probably quite aware of this judging by how my mother has to scream every morning to get me up for school.

Jack79's avatar

When I’m in a routine my body clock works amazingly well. I set an alarm just to be on the safe side, but always wake up a few seconds before it goes off. Not minutes, seconds. I generally know what time it is during the day, but I’m not as accurate as you, since I do things that could last longer than others and time has different speeds during my day (and I might spend a huge part of the day indoors in the dark). So overall no, I don’t know exactly what time it is without a watch. But if I look at a watch just before I go to bed, I could wake up at a very specific time the next day.

Likeradar's avatar

Not even a little bit. Left to my own devices I could sleep between 6 and 13 hours a night. And that is why the only devices I leave waking up to are my phone alarm and my ipod alarm.

OpryLeigh's avatar

I do have a sort of internal clock. I pretty much wake up at the same time morning. I always use a alarm clock just in case though.

svladcjelli's avatar

I never thought I did but now I seem to wake up every morning about 15–30 minutes before I normally wake up. I’m horrible at getting up so this is a really good thing.

robmandu's avatar

My internal clock works flawlessly… until I really need it to.

I believe I’m still the land speed record holder for crossing the entire college campus on foot in order to get to that stupid 7:55am PE exam.

YARNLADY's avatar

@robmandu That’s what happens to me. I don’t wear a watch, yet I always know when it’s time to fix dinner. If something important comes up, I set an alarm.

Zen_Again's avatar

I do and yes.

Nullo's avatar

Sort of, and only if I had to.
Yesterday, I had to be at work at 8 a.m, so I wanted to be up by 6:30. I set my alarm for 6:30 p.m. by accident. Next thing I know, I’m waking up and it’s 10 minutes to eight, just time enough to beat the no-call/no-show policy.
In short, the internal clock knows when I’m supposed to be somewhere, but doesn’t have the courtesy to let me know a reasonable amount of time ahead.

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