I believe I have mentioned this before, but I cannot set an alarm clock to save my life. The whole process just baffles me.
You'd think, at my advanced age, that I would have mastered this by now. What on God's green earth is my problem?
I don't need an alarm clock. I never use one. I am an annoyingly light sleeper. Though I appear to be asleep, I am actually in a sort of daze with my eyes closed. Anything from a breeze to a car alarm going off 6 blocks away can awaken me.
(I think I scared my doc when I started talking about the last time I got a good night's sleep: "Oh, I remember it so well - March, 2003, Tempe Arizona for spring training...we were staying at the Sheraton and I slept like a rock.")
I can also awaken myself at any time that I decide the night before. If I say "Wake up at 5:15," I will be awake between 5:12 and 5:17. This has failed about 4 times in 46 years, usually when I am sick as a dog.
Snooze alarm? Screw you. That is a tool of the devil. Once the fucker goes off once, I AM AWAKE and there is no way I am "snoozing."
What is my problem, then? I still get paranoid on nights like tonight, where I have to get up at 3 a.m. to catch a plane.
Despite everything I know about myself, I will nervously awaken every 15 minutes or so to make sure I didn't oversleep. I would love to be able to set an alarm and count on it to wake me up at 3.
But I can't. Because I can't be sure I have set the alarm right. Because I don't need to except maybe once every 3 years.
I hate being me sometimes.