The most practical way to set your mind like an alarm clock, according to a booklet put out by reknowned (and now deceased) hypnotist Harry Aarons in 1948, is so easy that all you do is 1) make note of the current time from a nearby clock. This is important because the subconscious has to know the time you are going to sleep so it can count the hours correctly as they tick by. 2) Make yourself ready for sleep, get comfy. 3) THINK of the time you want to wake up. Let’s say it’s 7am. Then you just take a few moments to dwell on that time. Think something like the following (in your mind) “I’ll get up at 7am. I’ll get up at 7am sharp. I’ll get up at 7am in the morning. I’ll feel refreshed and rested and awake at 7am in the morning. 7am in the morning is when I’ll get up. I’ll just open my eyes, yawn, and stretch and get out of bed. It will be exactly 7am on the dot. I’ll sleep soundly all night and promptly get up at 7am in the morning. Seven……seven am…..seven am…..”
I read this to my hubby as we lay in bed. Once I told him I was going to try it, he said something disturbing, “I’ve been using my mind for an alarm clock for years, and I don’t do it that way.”
With that, I sat up in bed, and leaned over, my nose close to his husbandly face and said, “Well, Mr. Smarty Man, YOU are not an expert hypnotist, and if it’s good enough for Harry, it’s good enough for me.”
Not exactly the jealous type, he shrugged, smiled and rolled over.
I sighed and began my auto-suggestion. “7am……7am….7am……”
I woke up at 8am. EIGHT AM? I yanked the document from my night stand and looked over it very seriously. What could I have possibly done wrong? Then I saw it. “Some people succeed in a few days others it may take one to two weeks”. Two weeks! I didn’t want to wait two weeks. All of a sudden I was becoming more and more curious about my husband’s method. I timidly asked him to share it with me.
As luck would have it he was in a sharing mood even though I called him Mr. Smarty Man. He said if you want to get up at 7am you hit your head on your pillow 7 times. Then, while pointing your finger in the air, you declare intensely, “I will get up at 7am!” Next you forget about it and go to sleep.
“That just sounds too easy!” I cried. “Come on!”
“No, really. That’s the way I do it.”
“You bang your head on a pillow?”
I laughingly asked, “Well, what if you want to get up at 7:15 or 7: 30?
“Then I just say, “Plus 15” or ”plus 30.”
I laughed again, but when he wasn’t looking, my eyes narrowed and I thought, “I’m trying that tonight.”
Sure enough I did try it, and dang sure enough I did wake up at 6:48M! Now NOT at 7am, but that’s okay because Mr. Aarons said you will likely wake up early at first. He said, also that you should set your alarm clock at first for a few minutes later than you want to get up , just in case your mind doesn’t get it right at first. So keep all of that in mind.
I thought this was so cool that I started training my clients in how to do it. On the first day I met with them, as a parting gift, I’d say, something like, “Before you go, would you like to learn how to train your mind to be your very own alarm clock? They are always very excited to try it. It’s a nice convincer on the power of the subconscious because actually, most of the time, it works on the very first time.
I taught Christopher’s method at first. I called it the “Head Banger Technique”. But then, since I had whip lash a few years ago, and it was uncomfortable for me to bang my head several times, I decided to do the head banging a little differently. I now do what I call the “V8 Method”. I say, “I will get up at 7am”, and “thock” my head 7 times with the palm of my hand like those old V-8 commercials. “Thock! I could have had a V-8!” Remember those? And if I want to get up at 7:30, after thocking 7 times, I say, “plus 30.”
Recently, when I asked one of my clients if he’d like to learn how to train his mind to be his alarm clock, he said he had already been doing that for years. I had to ask about his method. He said he just 1) Checks the time, 2) visualizes a digital clock at the time he wants to get up and 3) Affirms that is when he’ll be waking and 4) Goes to sleep and forgets about it. He says it works like a charm.