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Old November 22nd, 2012, 03:52 PM   #21

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They used town clocks or they got up with the sun. There weren't any jobs to work for where you had to show up at a precise time. People mostly worked the land. Or they woke up to the sound of neighbors, th
e sounds of town, etc. Sleep rythms were essential, too.
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Old November 22nd, 2012, 04:04 PM   #22

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I dont wake up even with an alarm clock
I had the same problem, but I found the cure. Bagpipes.
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Old November 22nd, 2012, 04:18 PM   #23

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If I want to wake up I never use a clock like I did when I was younger. I had a clock which I called it Jock and it did get me out the bed. Nowadays I wake up without Jock and waking up when I need to get up and go to work. Which is 2 pm tomorrow.
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Old November 23rd, 2012, 11:22 AM   #24

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I once spent two years in Kenya, and I didn't have any clock. Usually it was the neighbor's rooster that woke me up. Otherwise, I'd just look out the window. If it was starting to get light, I'd wake up.
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Old November 23rd, 2012, 11:40 AM   #25

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Clocks are new, we woke up when it was light and went to sleep (for most not all) when it went dark.
This.
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Old November 23rd, 2012, 11:47 AM   #26

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With a Rooster..that was the way back in my village in Greece..when the sunrises it starts its song and sometimes way before sunup
Yeah, the old cliche of morning rooster calls waking people up every morning is more true than many think. Annoying thing though is that once they start going they don't stop for the rest of the day.
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Old November 24th, 2012, 06:48 AM   #27

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I sleep in two segments due to my work
I first go to bed at 23.00hrs but I get up at 02.00hrs to go to work, and after work I go to bed at around 13.00hrs, getting up at 18.00hrs.
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Old November 24th, 2012, 06:51 AM   #28

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if you were a house servant surelly someone would have wake you up with a few kicks
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Old November 24th, 2012, 07:01 AM   #29

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I know this may be a kind of weird question to ask, but this has always been on my mind for years and I need an answer xD. How did people get up in time before the invention of the alarm clock? I would imagine people coming late for work a lot of times, cause their was nothing to wake them up? Or was their? I know it's a bit silly, but this question has been on my mind for years . Who knows you can help me.
It may sound crazy . But I use the Napoleon style to wake up myself in the early morning at the exact time. This method never failed me. These days I do not use this method because I do not have to get up so early.
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Old November 24th, 2012, 09:30 AM   #30

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The knocker up!

A man employed by the factory or mine to go around employees houses armed with a long stick to tap on the shutters or windows to wake the man of the house up.

Of course that asks how the knocker up knew the time but i guess they made a point of hiring the guy who was good at mornings to do the job.
Back in the 19th century the Bobby on his beat would "knock you up". They were aware of the correct time more than the average person as they had to keep their beat to a schedule.

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