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Insomnia: Multiple Alarm Clocks Annoy Me

My husband has to get up pretty close to the time when my body is settling down to sleep. I have been trying to go to sleep earlier, but his alarm clocks are preventing me from doing that.

Between multiple alarms and his consistent use of the snooze button, I am awake even if my body is capable of sleeping. This annoys me.

Necessary but no less annoying

I tend to go to sleep around 3 AM. Recently, I have been able to go to sleep closer to 2 AM. Unfortunately, my husband’s alarm clocks start going off at 2:45 AM. He has to get up for work around 3 AM, so it is necessary.

That does not make it any less annoying.

I have been struggling to try to get up earlier in the mornings in order to get more things done during the day. When I cannot move past this hurdle, it seems like an impossible feat. If I do not come up with a solution, there really is no hope of having a more normal schedule. Insomnia is stealing my days.

A roadblock on my path to change

I was thrilled when I was able to go to sleep an hour earlier than normal, but that excitement faded fast. After the third day of hearing alarm clocks blaring less than an hour after I went to sleep, I decided there was no point in going to sleep until he had left for work. I started fighting off the urge to sleep in order to stay awake until there were no more annoying alarms.

How can I shift my schedule now?

Of course, this undid every bit of change that had started. I was hoping that little by little, I could change my sleep schedule until I was not in bed half the day. How can I do that?

Sleeping for less than an hour before I wake up hardly seems worth the trouble. Without that important first step toward change, how can I shift my schedule? I truly do not know how to remedy this problem.

This schedule is not working for me

As annoying as the sounds of his multiple alarms are, it is also a sharp reminder that I am stuck in a schedule that is not working for me. I am stuck in a rut and I have no idea how to get out of it.

Being asleep for half the day drastically cuts my productivity, but I am unable to change that because I cannot take the slow steps to retrain my brain to go to sleep earlier.

I cannot see a solution

Taking a sleep aid only makes me feel worse when I wake up. It does not matter if I am awake earlier if I do not feel like getting anything done. That means sleep aids are not a viable solution.

Quite frankly, I do not think there really is a solution. It is disheartening to feel stuck in a schedule that prevents me from getting things done and makes me feel like life is passing me by.

Stuck in a rut with no way out

Here I am. I am stuck in a rut and I need a solution. Unfortunately for me, it seems the solution is to wait until my husband retires and there are no more alarm clocks. Perhaps in 20 years, I will be able to work on adjusting my sleep schedule over time. Until then I am stuck up all night and sleeping all day.

Do you feel stuck in a rut? How do you cope with the frustration? I would love to hear your story.

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