Here Say: Your Stories about Waking Up, Told Downtown

Nov 18, 2015

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Jackie Meade
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We met Jackie Meade, who told us how the alarm clock drives her a little crazy every morning.

"Jay, my boyfriend, tries to wake up every morning and has two different alarm clocks set. And he lays in bed and snoozes for at least an hour every morning as the alarm goes off about every 5 -10 minutes. And I am the one hears it and I don’t have to get out of bed and I am the one who usually ends up getting up, while Jay still lays in bed listening to the snooze go off every 5 or 10 minutes. (It is perfectly normal.) I am trying to find some technologies to where he can get better about waking up, like pushing this snooze button will cost you a dollar each time you push it or something. "

Victoria Araujo
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Victoria Araujo has no trouble getting up because of her two kids.  

"Actually they wake me up. So I have a 2-year-old and I have 9-year-old, and the 9-year-old has to be in school. So normally he's actually in my room. He is like “Mom, we have to go now.” So he's usually getting me up to make lunch and breakfast stuff like that."

Joan Wilcox
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 Joan Wilcox told us that how her dogs wake her up every morning.

"They bounce on me. And they lick my face and they say it is time for us to go our walk. They are very determined to make me do that. So I can’t ignore them. "

Sometimes the dogs get Wilcox up at 6 in the morning, but she has no complaints.


I love it. What would I do without my dogs. I wouldn't know how to live.


Ryan O’Sullivan
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 Ryan O’Sullivan really has a hard time waking up.


"I actually take sleeping pills to sleep in night. I take trazodone because I am an insomniac and I have much difficulty getting in bed at night. And I set myself about  7 or 8 alarms in the morning. I have 2 on my big alarm clock and about 5 on my cell-phone that I set. And it takes quite a bit for me to get up and takes quite a bit for me to go to sleep. "

Lee Ratner
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Lee Ratner was not a morning person when he was in the high school. He told us what his parents did to get him out of the bed.

"She would come and she will just kind of like push me, and if I didn’t wake up, she will send my dad and he would pour water on me or something. Yeah. It takes a lot to wake me up. I am not a morning person just like a lot of college students. It takes a lot."


Lauren Brown
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Lauren Brown how told us how she stays up to date on current events.


My husband is in the military and sometimes he wakes up at 3 in the morning and decides “I'm gonna play the news on the radio while I'm getting already for work”. And it's 3 in the morning, with the bathroom door open. So it is not quite pleasant especially when the sun is not gonna be up for while. And yes, so he is gonna a lot better. (But she wakes up and wonders how she knows all the current events already.) True. I know all the current events cause I hear them in my sleep.