Clock

Beep, beep, beep. It’s 7:01am and my alarm goes off. My right arm shoots out from the bed and hits the snooze button. I could really do with another 9 minutes, even if it’s not spent sleeping, but waking up properly.

Beep, beep, beep. 7:10am. I’m more alert this time, and co-ordinated enough to feel for the real "off" switch, not just the Snooze. I’m sure the alarm clock manufacturers design it that way – in order to turn the alarm off, you need to have enough awareness about you that you’re actually ready to get up.

I roll out of bed, stretch and yawn, and start the day.

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