Alarming Truth About The Alarm Clock

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alarm clockDr. Seuss’ Chippendale Mupp, a quirky creature with an impossibly long tail, has an important hidden message for children of all ages. Featured in his classic, The Sleep Book, the Mupp routinely chomps down on the end of its tail before getting into bed.

Seuss explains that:

His tail is so long, he won’t feel any pain,
‘Til the nip makes the trip and gets up to his brain. 
In exactly eight hours, The Chippendale Mupp 
Will, at last, feel the bite and yell, “Ouch!” and wake up.

What a revealing little parable about the alarm clock as a self-inflicted pain in the rear.

It’s been said that there is no hope for a civilization that starts each day to the sound of an alarm clock. Despite this, a National Sleep Foundation poll found that about half of all adults felt that they “needed” one to get up in the morning. Nearly 70% of young adults aged 18 – 29 felt this way.

Here are five good reasons for chucking your conventional alarm clock:

1. Morning alarmists, those who have come to regularly rely on alarm clocks, secretly understand the truism that the reason most people get up in the morning is that they didn’t die in their sleep. Awakening with the jolt of an alarm clock is not fun. At best, it feels disruptive. At worst, it can be deeply disturbing, resulting in a kind of psychological morning sickness. Certainly not the best way to start the day.

2. If you routinely wake up with an alarm clock, you’re routinely trimming off the end of your sleep.

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