The one part of the fitbit watch that I didn't comment on last week was the silent alarm. This feature may very well have changed my life. As I've mentioned a few times, I am not much of a morning person.
So the requirement as a teacher to rise early is literally painful for me. And even worse is waking up early to an alarm clock. That sound makes me shudder. Needless to say, between the early mornings and the jarring alarm clock, I'm kind of moody in the morning.
While figuring out all the details of the fitbit, the directions mentioned the silent alarm. At first I was skeptical - how could a silent alarm jolt me out of bed like an alarm clock? But the idea of a silent alarm was also very appealing. So over winter break, I played around with it a bit. There weren't too many days I needed to set the alarm, but when I did I also set it on the watch. Because the time needed to get up over break wasn't very early, on most days I woke up before either alarm went off. So the true test was when I went back to work. I decided to set the watch for 4:50, the time I needed to get up in order to walk Rigby, and then the alarm clock a couple of minutes later as a "just in case". I worried that the silent alarm, which is a vibration on the wrist, wouldn't be enough to wake me so the alarm clock was a second layer of protection. The first few weeks back to work, the setting of the watch wreaked a bit of havoc with my sleeping. I woke up constantly through the night, I think worried about whether it was going to wake me up. The worst was that I kept waking up 10-15 minutes before it went off. To someone who loves to sleep, those lost 15 minutes are a killer. Anyhow, I gave it a month trial and by the start of February, I was back to sleeping through the night and also was awakened by the silent alarm, before the alarm clock ever went off. The wrist vibration is much less jolting than that stupid alarm clock. Now, mornings are still painful, but at least I don't want to throw an alarm clock across the room. It's definitely more pleasant. The only draw back is wearing the watch to bed, but it's definitely worth it, for now.