Morning time-bomb

Winter wake up plan

Morning time-bomb

Morning time-bomb

This setup was on my mind since I was a kid. But it was recently when I found the missing device to make it happen. Couldn’t believe when I saw it on the shelf at my usual shopping market: THE POWER STRIP TIMER.

So here it is: my geek’s dream wake-up scenario!

  1. Evening
    • Set-up the turntable with an LP to be played in the morning
      Can be classical Vivaldi’s Four seasons, jazzy Amy Winehouse, Sabaton‘s battle-metal, chilled out Air, Fink Flooyd‘s psychedelia, dark vibes of Black Sabbath or what have you…
    • Start a quiet playlist from the laptop for good night via surrounding 5.1 speaker system
      Before falling asleep I usually have some wine & read a book in bed for a while. It’s nice to have something playing in the background. Happened few times that a song was able to ‘incept’ a cool dream :)
  2. When sleeping

    The scheduled task on the laptop stops the lullaby music around 1.30 – 2 o’clock. REM sleep phase is better with as little outside stimulus as possible.

  3. Morning

    7.30 – power cord timer kicks in

    • Sun-imitating lamp gently warms up
    • Vinyl gets a spin – for an extra kick the turntable is connected directly to amplifier =:]
    • After soaking up the music for a couple of minutes ain’t nothing gonna break my stride!

The LP usually finish about the time I leave. Automatic timer turns-off the lamp & turntable few minutes after.

How cool is that! :D

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  1. By thejvit on December 10, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Hi!
    Is your apartment on this picture? :)

    By koshik on December 10th, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Yep. You should have figured that already ;)

  2. By girl in green on December 15, 2010 at 9:41 am

    There are some special dream applications to iphones (may be to other mobiles also). It stays on your bed during the night, and on the basis of your movement during the night it ‘knows’ in which phase you are. So you set that you need to wake up between e.g. 6:30 and 7 o’clock, and it wakes you up in the most comfortable for you moment. Maybe you should check it?

    By koshik on December 20th, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Online description with pictures: http://www.mdlabs.se/sleepcycle/examples.html
    Unfortunately I’m not a lucky owner of an iphone device :(
    However the idea is intriguing enough that I might try to write such app on my own :)

    For the feel-good sake I guess the best would be to combine two techniques:
    – sleep phase monitoring
    – progressive wake-up stimuli (increasing light + sound)

  3. By girl in green on December 22, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    That’s exactly what I meant. And it really works, providing that your room mate snoring or construciton workers, who start their work with a huge noise at 6am do not wake you up earlier. However, it shouldn’t be too difficult to write it.