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CategoriesNooks và cranniesYesteryearSemantic enigmasThe body toàn thân beautifulRed tape, white liesSpeculative scienceThis sceptred isleRoot of all evilEthical conundrumsThis sporting lifeStage and screenBirds and the bees SPECULATIVE SCIENCEI regularly wake up moments before my alarm clock rings, no matter what time I mix it for. Does this mean I have supernatural powers?Tom Stephens, Sydney australia I"m a musician & have been able to vì the same thing for years; I suspect that you have a VERY strong sense of timing - the same thing that might allow you to make a pretty accurate guess at the time of day without a watch. Have you ever considered taking up the drums? Tom Attah, Farnborough UK The reason why you wake up moments before your alarm clock goes off, is because you are woken up by a mechanical or electrical "click". This "click" tends to occurr on some alarm clocks just before the bell rings or buzzer sounds, thus to lớn you the person waking up, it appears that you wake up just before the main bell/buzzer. John Coghill, Chatham UK Your clock possibly makes a slight noise a little while before it goes off, which wakes you up although you"re not aware of hearing it. You say your clock rings, suggesting a traditional mechanical alarm clock - these are more likely to vị this since the alarm is triggered by a cam dropping into a notch in a rotating wheel, & if the notch is worn the cam may drop into it in stages, making one or more little clicks on the way. If your clock is fully electronic, however, it shouldn"t make such noises, so perhaps you vì have supernatural powers which ought lớn be investigated further. Robert Hanstock, Pangbourne England Yes, you seem to have a super-human capability lớn wake up in the morning, I fight with my alarm clock for at least 10 rounds before I am able to perform the same miracle. Stu, Brighton UK Both myself and several of my friends also have this skill. I even vì it when I"ve forgotten to set my alarm.One morning recently I awoke a minute after my alarm should have gone off. I awoke from a dream in which I was watching an opera. The soloist was singing the chorus of "Nessum Dorma", (sp.) literally translated as "No Sleep!". Coincidence or Karma? Raymond Lashley, Reading UK In response lớn two of the answers. I experience the same phenomenon almost every morning - waking anything from 10 minutes to lớn two minutes before my alarm. In fact, I"m often aware that I"ve over-slept if my alarm hasn"t gone off, without looking at the time.However, I"ve used electronic alarms for many years - such as a clock radio or my smartphone phone alarm. None makes a noise prior khổng lồ going off. Rick Webber, London UK I also "suffer" from this; in fact I usually wake up a good five or 10 minutes before the appointed time. I don"t think there"s anything supernatural about it; just a basic subconscious awareness of setting the alarm, combined with being a light sleeper and the underlying găng tay of the knowledge that one must, eventually, get out of bed. In fact, the effect can be replicated by simply writing what time you want to get up on a piece of paper và placing it under your pillow... Although actually, this last detail is probably unnecessary; merely externalizing in some concrete form your decision lớn get up at a cetain hour is enough to lớn work its magic on your unconscious brain. I"ve tried this & it works, although I wouldn"t advise anyone lớn rely on it on the morning of that important job interview. Kiki, London England Waking up before the alarm clock rings has nothing to do with a the alarm clock making a noise beforehand. This is an kích hoạt your subconcious mind makes & is well known amoungst hypnotists, hypnotherapists, etc. Everyone has a kind of internal clock which seems lớn have developed in the subconcious mind through a long association with clocks. However, although not entirely accurate, some people have a better sense of time than others. Whereas people live their day lớn day lives using mainly their conscious mind, the subconscious mind becomes more alert & domineering when a person is in deep relaxation. This happens during hypnosis but also every night during sleep. Waking up just before the alarm clock goes off is therefore very common và no indication that you have supernatural powers. Without realising, by setting the alarm clock lớn a certain time you have registered in your subconscious mind the time that you have to lớn wake up the next day. The following morning, the subconscious mind (which has actually been active all night) may serve as its own alarm clock, at or around the time impressed in your mind. In fact, if you make sure that the time you need lớn get up is firmly instilled in your mind you can bởi away with your annoying alarm clock. Aidan McGivern, Edinburgh Scotland Or you"re just used lớn waking up at that time. I vày this regularly, with an electronic clock, and also wake when I haven"t set it. It is strange when I change the time & still wake up just before it though... Karen Hood, London I suspect the first answer is more correct. I have never worn a watch but can generally tell the time to lớn within ten minutes. I also wake before my alarm và can normally tell myself khổng lồ wake at a given time before I go to lớn sleep. I think the click concept comes from radiation from điện thoại phones giving you warning before it rings. I tend lớn wake about 5 - 10 minutes before my alarm goes off. Calvin, london UK I believe that, were you to not mix the alarm any given morning, you would wake up around the same time. You"re not super-human, because if you were, you wouldn"t need to sleep. Margaret, new york USA Isn"t it the same mechanism as waking up on the tube just as it pulls into your station? Or tapping your forehead, say, six times if you need khổng lồ be up at six for something important? I often wake up at the right time even if I forget to lớn set my alarm, so the brain must be busy Out There even though the body toàn thân is still dormant. (But then again, if you and I are the only people with these supernatural powers perhaps we should work it up into a music hall act...) Annie, Edinburgh UK I do something completely different and a bit more annoying: I wake up about half an hour before my alarm is due to go off and then lie awake for 25 minutes or so before going back to sleep just moments prior lớn the alarm sounding. Is there something wrong with me?! Rebecca, Perth Scotland I agree with Kiki. I once read in a children"s book that banging your head on the pillow the appropriate number of times (eg 6 for 6am) will wake you, and I can confirm this works for me. But as, lượt thích the questioner, I unfailingly wake immediately before my clock radio goes off, I rarely need this technique these days. Kate Fearnley, Edinburgh Scotland It"s all in the subconscious as most respondents have said: your subconscious is "awake" all the time and remembers the need khổng lồ wake at a certain time và the reason you generally do so without actually seeing the clockface just before waking is that we can all gauge when awake the passing of "x" hours. This can probably be proved by noting that a young child who can tell the time would probably not waken up just before the alarm other than by pure chance. Iain Kennedy, Falkirk Stirlingshire I read a study which claimed that this common phenomenon is closely linked with the consumption of large amounts of soya-based foods.Apparently, soya has tremendous properties as a promoter of subconscious activity, making them spill over into consciousness, as in this case. Steve Sloan, Aberdeen Scotland I have a digital alarm, no sound, I cannot even see it. I awake minutes before the alarm, but only in the summer when shadows from the almost endless daylight make patterns on the walls. In the almost endless nights of winter only the alarm makes me awake with regularity. Jane Jean-Jaques, Bethel, USA I don"t know about supernatural powers, but for sure it means that you have 5 minutes less of sleep. Pablo, Bariloche Argentina It"s all to vày with your "body-clock" which exists somehow inside us all, probably, as many people have mentioned, in the subconcious. Your toàn thân becomes used khổng lồ routine. For example, if you eat at a certain hour of the day, every day, your body becomes used to taking in food at this particular time, therefore, if you don"t eat at that time on a specific day, your body will make you feel hungry around about this time. Similarly, if you have a regular sleep pattern, your body becomes used to waking up a a specific time every morning. Spyder Webb, Liverpool England I have this super nguồn also. But more interesting is that this power may be genetic and gain strength when passed down. Example: My daughters 1yr and 2yr olds get up hours before any alarm clock goes off. Their children may not need to lớn sleep at all! Dan Zwick, Saratoga Springs, NY USA It"s your toàn thân clock. The reason you wake up on the tube just as the train pulls into your station is that your "body clock" (or subconcious mind or whatever) knows almost exactly how long it takes for your train khổng lồ get from A to lớn B, most likely because you take the same route every day.It"s the same thing that goes a bit batty when you travel, causing jet lag after crossing various time zones, or having had too much sleep. This happens khổng lồ me on the daytime flight from South Africa to the UK which leaves Cape Town at 07h00 & arrives in London at 19h00. You sleep the night before, only lớn wake up at 05h00, rush to lớn the airport get on the plane, & sleep for a further 6 or 7 hours, depending on how boring the in-flight movies are.After about 11 hours, you arrive in London in the evening, go back lớn sleep a few hours later and spend the whole night tossing, turning & waking up with a start every five minutes, thinking you"re going mad. You wake the following morning exhausted, moody và unable lớn get through the day because you"ve slept 3 times (approx 24 hours on and off) in less than 2 days, on vị trí cao nhất of which, an hour has been added to your day. Pure misery.What those flying to và from Oz và South East Asia must go through, I can not imagine... Lindi, Durban South Africa If I tell myself I have lớn be awake let"s say, in eight hours, i.e. 7 a.m. I inform myself that 7 a.m. Is the time to lớn wake up - in eight hours time or, 480 minutes time. This I repeat twice or so. This has a success rate of about 80% waking within five minutes of the "dedicated" time. The other 20% failure rate results in my other half nagging me for making us late. So supernatural powers 80% of the time I think. Butch Marshall, Newak England A similar occurrence happens to lớn me, I wake-up before my alarm, although I also seem khổng lồ wake-up a minute or so before I get a phone hotline or a message on my mobile. It could be radiation as another suggested, but it is definitely interesting. Isaac, newcastle nước australia http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/199905/the-stirring-sound-stress kieran schreiber, london United Kingdom Hello there! I can assure you that this no super-natural power và you"re not different from other people. You wake up before your alarm clock because you either have the motivation for the next day ahead, or your găng tay hormones are phối high as you know you need to lớn be up at a certain time. Usually you will wake up 2-5 times through the night as the hooc môn keeps itself up-to-date. This is lượt thích your own timer inside of your head. This is an amazing fact that hardly anyone knows about! Isn"t it crazy how your body has synchronised lớn time made by man? I think it is :) Jack Black, Newcastle, England I prefer an alternative explanation based on Rupert Sheldrake"s theory of morphic resonance, and its implications for our understanding of the physiology of memory. According lớn the theory, every living thing resonates with other similar living things, and with itself, though morphic fields, which do not depend on space or time. There is growing body of data from experiments in which a subject"s emotional response is measured by means of measuring the electrical conductivity of his/her skin (similar khổng lồ lie detector test), in response to lớn being shown either emotionally provocative or mild and tranquil images on a computer screen in a random sequence. The results are statistically significant and show that the subject tends to lớn react slightly before the provocative images are actually shown, but not at all when the mild and tranquil images are shown. There can be no explanation of this in terms of "hearing" any click inside the computer, because there is no such click, và if fact, in most of these experiments, the subject"s reaction is observed at a time before the computer has even determined which image khổng lồ display. There can also be no explanation in terms of patterns or timing or body-clocks, which is the basis of most explanations in this thread on the alarm clock phenomenon. So I think that in the case of the alarm-clock anticipation phenomenon we are able lớn "remember" the future imminent & emotionally provocative event of the alarm clock buzzing. I think the annoying sound of the alarm clock is unnatural but the ability khổng lồ anticipate it is neither unnatural nor supernatural; it is simply not part of what we currently understand in the fields of biology or physics.Sheldrake và others have designed & run many scientific experiments to verify various predictions that are implied by the theory of morphic resonance, và I invite everyone to look at the details, especially if you are sceptical. I am currently designing experiments to thử nghiệm this alarm-clock anticipation phenomenon and hope to publish results later this year. It is clear that in order to rule out all explanations based on pattern or body-clock type explanations, the subjects would not be allowed to set the alarm themselves or know when it was going khổng lồ go off. They should also be subjected to alarms at different times of the day and night, & at varying levels of alarm clock "annoyingness" to demo if there is a positive correlation based on the magnitude of the imminent disturbance. Michael Fairweather, London UK Some of these are very interesting answers but I wish people would not relate it only khổng lồ habit. I am a student and without an alarm I can sleep until midday or even 1pm. When I vì chưng need to lớn set an alarm for one reason or another I still wake up 2 minutes before it every time, even though it"s only occasional và always phối for different times. It is very spooky but demonstrates wonderfully the power of the human brain. Annie, Salisbury UK You have a very good biological clock that keeps track of time. Because of this it knows when lớn use the găng hormones to lớn wake you up in time. Bob, Kaczmsrek England The click thoery makes some sense, but only addresses alarm clocks. But what about sản phẩm điện thoại phones? I just sprang awake split seconds before I got a phone call. That couldn"t possibly be related to body temperature or toàn thân rhythm - the timing of a phone điện thoại tư vấn is essentially random. It feels similar to lớn those times when you think of someone, & they suddenly enter the room, hotline to the door, or call your phone. We could all be super-human, but incapable of tapping into our brain"s true capability. Mark Coleman, Dublin Ireland Two reasons. The first is that, lượt thích others here have pointed out, your body/subconscious does possess what may be called an internal clock. However, it seems unlikely that this would work on occasions when you"ve phối your alarm at an unusual time, và in fact if you kept lưu ý of this you would probably find that on those occasions you are indeed far less likely to lớn wake up just before it goes off.The second reason is something called "confirmation bias". It"s a thing we"re all prone to as humans, and it"s basically a kind of selective filtering of experiences that conform lớn a special pattern or theory. In this particular case, it means you"re less likely khổng lồ take much notice when you don"t wake up just before your alarm. So even though it is most likely a real pattern that you vì chưng often wake up just before your alarm (more often than you"d expect just by chance), you probably over up overestimating how frequently this happens to lớn you, because you just remember all the times when it did happen, & not the times when it didn"t.The "click theory", as noted, clearly doesn"t cover the load as the phenomenon occurs with thiết bị di động phones và digital alarm clocks as well, và as you can also wake up a few minutes beforehand, i.e. Before any noise would have been made. Ruben van Bergen, Nijmegen The Netherlands I have experienced this all my life, and have been often curious. It sure feels somehow superhuman. As a boy, I"d wake to lớn deliver newspapers at 5 am, not a minute before or after. I had a flip down digital clock; I thought maybe the loud click was it. But waking on a precise time continued into adulthood - usually one minute - not two - before my alarm went off. I thought I was subconsciously looking at my clock at night; but from time to time I"d turn my clock away from view...I still woke up on THE minute. I"m writing this now because I just Googled the subject. Because 30 minutes ago it happened again, quite explicitly: It"s Monday morning, I got back from Vegas late last evening (off slept all weekend). I usually get up at 5 but mix my điện thoại thông minh alarm 15 minutes later và knocked out. Just now, in the middle of a distinct dream, that familiar sense interrupted my dream, và I half woke, thinking "it must be after 5, but before the alarm at 5:15". I woke, reached for my smartphone--which I had not placed in its usual visible cradle but was turned off completely--and turned it on: 5:00 exactly. It happens all the time like that. Almost spooky, but not because I"m used to it. Whatever it is, it is not external cues or stimulus; và it"s not subconscious viewing of any clock. It comes from within, with still-surprising accuracy. Mark W, California United States I consider both Aiden McGiven & Butch Marshal khổng lồ be on the right paths. Apologies khổng lồ those below as I did not read on much further. No one really seems to of hit it on the head, and I cant explain exactly, however I"ll suggest something that you try (when non-toxicated in any way) & for the most of you I think you may find it works. It is to bởi with the sub conscious và generally proves khổng lồ a degree that mind over mater is possible! "to a degree".....When you go lớn bed and your unwound from the day, lay on your back. Look at the clock at make a mental cảnh báo of the time. Lay out straight and place your hands either across your chest or by your side. Spend a couple of minutes just unwinding. If you don"t find it easy or relaxing in this position, don"t worry. Its just for two minutes. Calm your breathing & clear your mind of general thought và worries. Close your eyes & imagine something calming lượt thích the night sky. As you breath feel your breath, drawing it in from the fresh nights atmosphere, as you breath out imagine you are seeing the cool steam being exhaled và dispersing into the night.You need to lớn awaken in 6 hours say. Gently raise your hand & place a finger just above your brow on your fore head, approximately the bindi position. Now tell your self that you have khổng lồ awake in 6 hours and tap the position where you finger has rested once for each hour, counting the the hours or the time, ie 1, o"clock, 2 o"clock etc. Until you reach the hour on which you wish to lớn awake. Be definitive about the last tap, lượt thích your being taught how to vì chưng your job properly. "You will be here at 8 o"clock, you will bởi vì this lớn the best of your ability"Once you"ve self programmed you can feel không tính tiền to roll over và go lớn sleep & do so in any position you find comfortable, you vì chưng need a good night"s sleep.If you find this works please let me know. I think you can use this method of self programming to vì chưng anything you want.Remember: "You can have anything you want, you"ve just got lớn want it enough. If you don"t get, you obviously didn"t want enough" Just be careful what you ask for hey! Ivan, Camelford Cornwall, UK The same thing happens lớn me, which is lucky because my alarm hardly ever works. But in the holidays, when I don"t set an alarm, I still get up at five, so it can"t be a click. Emma, Manchester England It"s actually just scientific. Well done people were right about the internal clock but it is not some mystical subconscious trick of the brain. It is your biological clock or carcadian rhythm. Simply put, if you wake up at a routine time then your body releases hormones at that time which induce wakefulness. It also controls when you become tired, what time you are most mentally alert, và even when you are most strong. This is just another evolutionary wonder. Yay science and reasoning! Annelies, Cleveland USA I would encourage anyone to thư điện tử me. I wrote a paper on the alarm-clock phenomenon years ago, as I was planning to lớn be a dream researcher. The study was originally performed by the parapsychologist A.E.H. Bleksley in Witwaterstrand, South Africa. He had several "hits" as they are called within his total number of trials. This caught the eye of one professor van Vurrde who went to Africa và performed a follow-up study that actually produce more hits with around the same number of trials. Much more I can nội dung so please do e-mail me. -Mark Edwards Mark Edwards, Aurora, Ohio USA Honestly, our lives go faster as we grow older. If you dry your alarm clock for 8:30 A.M. This year and everyday you plan to wake up at 8:30 A.M. You will notice that you start to wake up earlier than 8:30. Our life goes by faster as we get older. Time is just an illusion created by us humans & our toàn thân is not linked I that in anyway. Our bodies are aging without us realizing it. Well... That"s my theory anyways. Karla, Springfield, Maryland USA Why has no one mentioned that this regular phenomenon also works with other things? Every time I put something in the microwave for lengthy time period and go to check on it I"m never more than 4-6 seconds away from the clock going off. I am not counting and in most instances I am completely distracted và watching a movie, when heading to lớn the microwave I have no intention for it to be done I"m just simply checking how much time is left until it is done. You may also rule out never noticing when this does not happen as I only kiểm tra once and it"s spot on every time. Người chơi Guy Age 26, I don"t know United States of America I googled this because I wanted lớn find the scientific reason why this happens-it seems so spooky! Whenever I go khổng lồ bed (night time/afternoon whenever) I tell myself when I want khổng lồ wake up, & I always do!It it is not just close, but exactly lớn my watch/clock or whatever I looked at for time before sleeping! My watch/clock may not even be accurate khổng lồ precise time,but I still wake up even out of a dream to what the watch says?I feel it is my subconscious, because if I had to lớn guess one minute while awake, I would not be very accurate! Debbie, Auckland New Zealand Not supernatural. It"s quite natural to lớn anticipate something uncomfortable that is about to happen in the future by waking so one is not shocked by it, if one is primed to be awake around that time anyway. It happens to me often. This morning I phối two alarms for 6.30. I woke at 6.09 then one alarm went off by mistake at 6.11 and the other went off at 6.30. Both quite silent machines.I am usually an extremely heavy sleeper needing 2 alarms lớn wake me not within reach of the bed or I just turn them off in my sleep without even remembering I"ve done it but recently I have been priming myself lớn get out of bed early every morning & have been managing it with the help of alarms.I have also had experience a certain periods of my life of wanting to lớn wake & then waking each morning unaided at the same time and also of waking unaided at various unusual mix times for really important one-off events.Aren"t we wonderful creatures! 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