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Suggestions for waking a teenager up in the morning.
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ColinRobinsonsfamiliar · 06/08/2022 12:54

Has 2 alarms. Sleeps through both.
Just doesn’t hear them at all.
Changed the alarm, high volume but still does not hear it or wake up.

Any suggestions welcomed.
thanks

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PeekAtYou · 06/08/2022 12:56

What time are they going to sleep ?

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Quitelikeit · 06/08/2022 12:56

Whip the duvet off for a start

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FionnulaTheCooler · 06/08/2022 12:56

Smart watch with vibrating alarm?

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Natsku · 06/08/2022 12:57

Ditto the watch with a vibrating alarm idea, that might do the trick (and its a much nicer way to wake up than to an alarm blaring)

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ColinRobinsonsfamiliar · 06/08/2022 12:57

We would usually drag off the duvet etc but we are going away so will have to get himself up.

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vodkaredbullgirl · 06/08/2022 12:58

Don't poke the bear Smile unless he has a job to go to or school.

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ColinRobinsonsfamiliar · 06/08/2022 13:00

Yep. Has a job he has to get up for.

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Morasssassafras · 06/08/2022 13:00

One of those old fashioned alarm clocks with the double bells on top. Across the other side of the room so they have to get out of bed to stop it.

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PhantomErik · 06/08/2022 13:02

The old fashioned way of waking up was to drink a lot of water before you go to bed, your bladder then wakes your brain up.

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Frenchfancy · 06/08/2022 13:02

If he is old enough to work he is old enough to wake himself up. Leave him to it. It is not your problem.

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DenholmElliot1 · 06/08/2022 13:04

Part of the responsibility of having a job involves the employee being able to get up and ready and arrive at work on time. He needs to learn this and sometimes lessons are hard to learn, ie, people don't get up for work and then get the sack.

I'd just take a step back. How long were you planning on waking him up for anyway? Surely he's gonna leave home one day.

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ColinRobinsonsfamiliar · 06/08/2022 13:04

He’s really anxious about it.
vibrating watch sounds a really good suggestion thank you.
He just cannot lose this job, he literally has 1 month left of his apprenticeship.
Extremely heavy sleeper.

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DenholmElliot1 · 06/08/2022 13:06

PhantomErik · 06/08/2022 13:02

The old fashioned way of waking up was to drink a lot of water before you go to bed, your bladder then wakes your brain up.

😀Thats so true, but it takes about 3 hours for the fluid to go from stomach to bladder to brain which means it would wake someone up at about 3 or 4am. You'd likely then go straight back to sleep.

It's an old native american trick - they used to do it the night before a war party, so that they would wake early and surprise the enemy!

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StrictlyAFemaleFemale · 06/08/2022 13:08

Wake up light. They start to come on half an hour beforethe alarm time and gradually get brighter. Has something to do with natural yada yada

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HoppingPavlova · 06/08/2022 13:09

Not sure it still exists but when I was young we used to have a service that would ring you at a designated time. I would sleep through an alarm but would not sleep through the phone ringing. We are talking about the time of dial phones though so really not sure it’s still a thing.

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BrettAndersonscheekbones · 06/08/2022 13:20

Bacon sandwiches. They can't resist the smell.
*vegetarian options are available

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dm1818 · 06/08/2022 13:29

i have a fitbit where you can set vibrating alarms that detect the best half an hour period to wake you in your sleep cycle, so you're less groggy. say you want to wake at 7.30, it'll detect the best time between 7 and 7.30 in your sleep cycle.

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upliftingtwisting · 06/08/2022 13:58

can you get an alarm, loud one, and set it up on the other side of the room so to turn it off he has to get up out of bed. Or an Alexa that you can shout through? I sympathise, my DS is an extreme deep sleeper too. I sometimes worry when I can’t wake him.

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Lolabalola · 06/08/2022 13:59

You can get super loud alarms
Ones that run away so you can't turn them off
Also ones which have a plate that goes under pillow .
It can be a real issue.
My hard to wake up teenager ( who once awake was the most conscientious hard working boy ever ) went for a uni interview, stayed the night before. I called him in the morning to make sure he had woken up and couldn't get through to him. I had to call the college porter who went and knocked loudly on the door, otherwise he would have missed his longed for interview.
Just posting to counter all the " it's his responsibility " " being a lazy fecker" type posts.
I would say they grow out of it but think actually role just passed to his partner 🤣

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MrsElm · 06/08/2022 14:02

Frenchfancy · 06/08/2022 13:02

If he is old enough to work he is old enough to wake himself up. Leave him to it. It is not your problem.

This, 100%

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ToooOldForThis · 06/08/2022 14:04

Full sympathies, I was like this (and still can be). I use the Lumie gradual light alarm, then my phone alarm set for 10 mins or so later...can still turn them both off without waking up. Missed a full day of school sometimes in my teens if parents were out at work and couldn't check I'd got up.
I think it has to be a combination..
Light, then normal alarm, then maybe even something really loud across the room?

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Fearless9286 · 06/08/2022 14:06

I am a really heavy sleeper and regularly sleep through alarms, I suppose I never grew out of the teenage phase. I've had great success with the light up alarm clock, echo dot playing radio 5 mins before first alarm is due to sort of get me out of deep sleep and then 2 alarms within a few mins of each other. Works 95% of the time

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WGACA · 06/08/2022 14:06

Would a kindly neighbour be able to check he was up whilst you’re away if they’re up anyway and didn’t mind? I’d do it for you in the short term if you were my neighbour.

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DelphiniumBlue · 06/08/2022 14:07

He obviously needs to go to bed earlier.. he probably needs 9 hours sleep or so? Most people will wake up after 7/8 hours sleep, at least if there is an alarm going off. What time is he going to bed? He needs to be off screens an hour or so before he tries to go to sleep, if going to sleep at an appropriate time is a problem.
He also needs an alarm of some sort that is really loud and that he has to get out of bed to turn off. I used to have music ( heavy rock)coming on full volume, but wasn't very popular with the neighbours!
At the moment his brain is telling him he doesn't need to wake up himself because you will sort it for him. When you are not there, he'll have to sort it for himself, and probably will. But this is really his problem, not yours, although obviously you are worried.

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