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waking up before your alarm goes off - how does it happenmost of the time before i go...

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generalcody | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted December 12, 2012 at 2:58 PM via web

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waking up before your alarm goes off - how does it happenmost of the time before i go bed i set my alarm for a specific time E.G 8:00. the next morning i wake up 7:55. HOW? WHY?

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suzannah304 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted December 19, 2012 at 1:12 AM (Answer #8)

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same here and i agree with post#7. It's that desire, that internal want to wake up at a certain time that allows us to actually wake up at that time.

When i want to wake up at 5 in the morning to complete some very important work, i keep it in my mind before i go to bed setting the alarm and the next day i wake up at 4:55 just like you said. I think that it is because of that very internal want.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 12, 2012 at 3:02 PM (Answer #2)

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I assume that your body gets used to having a specific amount of sleep.  If you go to bed at roughly the same time, you might then wake up at the same time.  This, of course, does not always work.  There are plenty of people who are awakened by their alarms and still have a hard time actually getting up at that point.

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generalcody | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted December 12, 2012 at 3:21 PM (Answer #3)

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i dont mean my sleep pattern i mean even if the alarm goes off two hours before i normally wake up. ill still wake up before the alarm goes off
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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 12, 2012 at 3:47 PM (Answer #4)

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Some people do have an internal clock that seems to wake them up.  Also, there might be a certain noise that occurs before your alarm is set to go off.  I know what it is with me- my cat wakes me up!

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weddanever | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted December 13, 2012 at 12:01 PM (Answer #5)

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since you repeatedly set an alarm clock and practice having sufficient sleep your body tends to develop a certain pattern of how to wake you up thats what most of us call body clock, roughly all of us who don't experience disturbed sleeping behavior develop consistent bodu clocks

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trophyhunter1 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted December 16, 2012 at 2:35 PM (Answer #6)

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It is like a conditioned response. If you have your alarm set to a particular time, it becomes a habit, due to years of practice. Perhaps you begin to wake up and anticipate it occurring and that is why you wake up a few minutes before your alarm does. I do this all the time. If you need to get to school or a job, it is a good thing.

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a19360 | Student | (Level 1) Honors

Posted December 17, 2012 at 11:14 AM (Answer #7)

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I have a similar experience too.

I believe that it is due to your internal clock as litteacher8 said.

Some people know the time without any sort of electronic device, because they have a feeling of time; the speed time passes. You are probably one of them.

You set your internal alarm when you decide to wake up at a certain time. That is what wakes you up before your alarm goes off.

You might think that you don't really have a feeling for time, but that is at daytime. I do not know why, but people tend to have a much better feeling of time when they are asleep.

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