The days are getting shorter, and the sun is coming up later. It kind of sucks. It was easy to wake up with the sun over the summer because we have east facing windows, and we would get beams of morning sun into our bedroom before 5 am. That seems awful early, but I really liked waking with the sun. And being awake before five in the morning made me feel all virtuous and industrious.
Now of course, the days are speedily getting shorter, and it is pitch black in the morning. Add to that the thick blanket of clouds we often have on the Oregon coast, and I sputter awake at 7 in the morning. Despite the fact that I don’t have a job to run off to, I don’t want to sleep late.
Now, I’m NOT going to do something as drastic as setting my alarm. Because that would be silly. One of the single best things about being self employed is not having to set an alarm clock. I swear, I became a more civilized, complete and fully functioning human being by NOT having to wake up to an alarm. Can you imagine how much better the world would be if we all didn’t wake up startled and super pissed off? There would be world peace in a week.
I figured waking up to a light would be more natural and relaxed. If I woke up in the middle of the night, I wouldn’t have to wonder if it was 2 am or 7 am. If the light is on, it’s time to wake up. I’m a light enough sleeper that this would probably work for me.
So I’m looking at various dawn simulators, wake up lights and happy lights. And now I’m super pissed off again. A lot of these wake up lights are stupid expensive and ugly as shit. I like the idea of the light coming on slowly for 30 minutes. But do I like it enough to want to spend $100 to $300 for a goddamned alarm clock? No. The answer to that question is no. Even if I had gobs of disposable income, I would not spend that much on an alarm clock, unless it woke me up by gently slapping me in the face with perfectly cooked french toast.
So besides silly, fugly, overpriced, stupid alarm clocks, it seems like the technology to wake up to a light must be out there. A dimmer and a timer. After a few hours of searching, there doesn’t seem to be a product that has those two technologies together. I saw lights that dim down gradually, but not ones that dim up. There are whole household control systems which have been around since the 70s that use the wiring in your walls to communicate with appliances and lights, and isn’t that begining to sound like a crappy movie plot? And then of course, I could be spending thousands of dollars instead of hundreds.
All this to avoid setting my alarm clock. Actually, I don’t even have an alarm clock. I just have a phone. I suppose I could get some tweeting bird sound to wake me up, or ocean sounds, or a babbling brook or whatever, but I know this will just result in me hating nature.
I’m not convinced I need to spend $100 or more to wake up to a light. As much as I like the idea of the gradual light, I’m pretty sure just having a regular light come on in the morning will work just fine. So all I need is a timer for $5.00. I’ll get a CFL bulb that takes a while to ramp up anyway. This solves my dainty first world problem of waking up, but not waking up pissed off.
Besides waking up like a lovely fresh flower, I am still considering “happy lights” or some other DIY home brew solution, because I could see myself getting loony and collapsing in a funk during the dark winter days. But you can bet your ass I will research the hell out of those lights first, and it will probably piss me off. So, look forward to that.