Tuesday, September 26, 2023


Do you set an alarm in the morning to wake up?

Do you usually set an alarm on your phone or an alarm clock to wake you up in the morning? If so, do you set one every day or just sometimes? Just for special occasions? Or do you just wake up naturally every day and not need an alarm at all?

Oh, and in case you need a lot of help getting up in the morning, perhaps this will do

After you vote, please feel free to leave a comment.


  1. When I worked for a living, it seems that my day started at a different time every morning. So, I needed the alarm. Now though, I am retired, and as the saying goes, every day is Saturday. I no longer get up to an alarm. But I still don’t get to sleep in, our dog makes sure of that.

    • Should have read the article earlier then I would have been first with the “dog alarm”! I got up to an alarm every day for over 40 years (Mon-Fri). I’m retired now and (except for early morning doctor appointments) I don’t use an alarm!!

  2. Have ALWAYS needed an alarm and it has to be set clear across the room so I have to get out of bed to shut it off or if on the night stand, I can just shut it off in my sleep. I wish I was a person that would just wake up early in the AM. Before retirement I was on-call 24/7, so got used to getting sleep any time I could. To bed between 3 and 5 am and up between noon and 1:00 pm if there is no alarm. When we are on the road, we do however get out before check-out time. Used to have to be at work at 5:00 AM. The wife however, just needs to be up before the Chitown Cubs game starts.

  3. I will set an alarm when I have to be some place early, like at a repair facility, but am almost always awake and up before it goes off. I am an early riser.

  4. Not needed, Vada, our White and Orange American Brittany wakes us up ever so sweetly with a quiet little cry, at around 7:00 AM every morning!🐶. That is such a cute and gentle little wake-up, far less annoying than any alarm clock 😀

  5. After 35 years of waking up to a screeching 4:45 AM alarm I refuse to set one now unless we have an early appointment or need to be up early for a road trip or catch a plane. Only a good reason will get me out of bed now before 8:00 AM.

    • Yep, us also, only for special appointments. Any worst I’m up by 8 DW is up by 9 or
      10, but her working 10-12 hour shifts in the ER she has a right to rest.

  6. We have alarm cats. “Feed me now” is announced every morning.

    Over Twenty years military service, I really don’t need or want an actual alarm. The World can wait for me.

  7. I don’t have to “set” it. My alarm clock jumps up on the bed, start’s combing my hair with her claws, and purrs sweet nothings in my ear. 5 a.m. sharp, everyday.

  8. Even though I’m retired I set the alarm for 6AM, however I’m usually awake 15 minutes before it goes off. It took me almost a year to get use to sleeping in from my 4:30AM work time.

  9. This poll should specify if it is for the working or the retired.
    By the results so far I’d guess most readers are retired and have no need for an alarm but there are still many of us that work 9-5 jobs from the RV, for whom an alarm is still needed.
    There should be two separate polls for this question.

  10. I only set an alarm if I have an early morning appointment. I also quit wearing a watch when I retired after 45 years as an RN.

  11. If you have fur babies why do you need an alarm clock? Our buddies have been trained to get up at 0530 hrs, every day. On our days off and any other day mama and I can sleep in. Same routine every day. But we love em.

  12. I have a dog who wants out no later than 6am and once I wake up I can’t go back to sleep. If I have to be up early for something I will set an alarm for the extremely rare occasion the dog sleeps in but I haven’t needed it.

  13. I’m one of those who have never used an alarm. Even as a child and young adult in school I just woke up naturally on time. Same when I entered the work force. Then when the kids came they became the alarm.

  14. My answer changed from “always” to “only on rare occasions” at the start of this year with retirement. Took me a while to stop waking up at 5:30 AM, but now I get up when I feel like it. 🙂

  15. For a doctor’s appt. But otherwise I have 2 beagles that wake me up at 6AM each morning and remind me 9PM is bedtime. The best alarm clock I can have puts a smile on the face.

  16. Only for early appointments, we’re retired, we usually retire between 9&10PM and arise 8 hrs later. I set alarms for over 60 years between school and 55 yrs in the work force. Now it sits on the night stand collecting dust and displaying the time in case I wake up during the night. Lol

  17. In retirement we take our days as they come. Except when we have appointments early in the day or in the city, or when we need to get on the road early for a dog competition.

  18. I haven.t used an alarm clock for close to 40 years now. Always have woke up in plenty of time to do what I need to do. Been retired over 23 years so don’t need one now, plus the wife gets up at 5:30 to 6 every morning.

  19. I would have chosen “Most of the time” since we set an alarm except when we have stayed up late AND clearly don’t have to get up for ANY reason the next morning.

  20. I was going to vote never, but once in a while I get stuck with early morning appointments (that I can’t change – ugh) and absolutely must get up for. I don’t just get up and go. I have to get my coffee going, and read a few emails (like rvtravel – [grin]).

  21. My bride still works so I set the alarm. Most mornings I wake up before the alarm, go pour coffee for both of us, and then when it’s time I’ll go get her up.


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