When you’re a substitute teacher, you get to understand the concept of the literal 6am wake-up call very quickly. The only other time I’ve had a wake up call was the first time I went to Europe. It was a school trip and the easiest way for them to make sure all us kids got up on time was to set up wake-up calls to each room.
The way it works in the school board I’m in, you can be called either at night from 7-11pm or you can start getting phone calls at 6am. Your body starts to get used to the shock of being woken up so abruptly at 6am though and you learn to grab your phone by instinct without even having to turn a light on.
Now my body has also adapted to this wake-up call situation by automatically waking up for about 30 minutes – 6-6:30am. If my phone doesn’t go off in that time span, I roll over and go back to sleep. Sometimes it will then decide to go off in the next hour or so, which is incredibly stressful if the call requires me to be somewhere within the next 30 minutes.
Some people have suggested just always waking up at 6am and starting to get ready so that you can sit there and see if a call comes in.
…no thank you. If my phone doesn’t go off, I’m sleeping in until it is at least light outside. I’m not going to get up 6am if I don’t need to.
What are your thoughts on being startled awake by your phone? Has it happened to you? I’m sure some of you have gotten a drunk call that’s woken you up. (One of my staff actually did that my accident and called my work phone at 2am one night.) Or – my personal favourite – a wrong number call that wakes you up. Yep.