I'm a pretty heavy sleeper, and If i haven't slept in a long time you can forget about trying to wake me...well, unless you utilize cold water, you facist bastard! My mom forbids me to sleep during the day, because then i start a cycle where I'm up at nights and sleep during the day. Which shouldn't be a problem during summer break, but I guess it is. She's even used cold water to wake me, not a pleasant experience.
So just how much of a heavy or light sleeper are you? Maybe even add the story of your worst waking-up.
And here's some info on why some of us are difficult to wake up and others are easy.
I have a terrible time getting to sleep, for no other reason I can explain except my brain doesn't want to shut off when I decide to lay down. So in that way I guess I'm a light sleeper? I also spend a lot of nights just not sleeping, mainly over summer break when I'm not doing much anyway. But man oh man, when I fall asleep I am out cold until I wake up on my own. Alarms don't work for me at all as I seem to be able to turn them off in my sleep and lay back down just fine without ever knowing.
It seems I can only get 4 hours of sleep at a time. Due to my love of sports teams in the west and my location in the east I'm often up till 2 or 3. One of my cats will want in or out between 4:30 and 6:30 and they will always wake me up. Even in my room with headphones on I can hear the cats at the back door. So usually I get 4 or 5 hours sleep, let the cat in/out, go back to bed and wake up 2 hours later to start the day. Sometimes I can get another 2 hours after that first 2 hours if I really need it and have nothing going on in the morning.
It's not sounds that wake me up anymore though. My body is just trained to wake up in this pattern.
I'm not sure. The oddest things will wake me up. Other peoples alarms going off in other rooms wake me better than my own alarm, for instance (I slept through mine for a bit today). A woodpecker pecking at the wall in my room used to wake me up.
One time I remember waking up for no apparent reason at all, then I heard my mother ask my father a question about why water was leaking through the ceiling into the downstairs bathroom, followed by a loud crash and a scream. I then went back to sleep. I'll wake up when I know my niece and nephew are trying to sneak up to wake me, even though they don't make much noise at all when doing so.
But normally I'll sleep through most things. I like to think I have really good sleep awareness, meaning some part of my mind knows what's happening around me when I'm sleeping and wakes me up when something relevant or interesting is happening, but usually let's me just keep sleeping through stuff that doesn't affect me. There's probably no such thing, though, and I'm just crazy.
I've become a fairly heavy sleeper... but I haven't always been one. I don't get very much sleep these days, no where near the 8 hours a night I should be getting. I have classes everyday, and work overnight (8 PM - 3 AM) four times a week so maybe it's just exhaustion.
I am a fairly light sleeper but I can fall asleep even when there are sounds all around. However, when I am in a sleep state, medium to loud sounds will wake me up 9 times out of 10. The thing with me is that if I am woken up, I get back to sleep fairly easily so I dont really remember all the times I wake up through the night.
I'd describe myself as a violent sleeper. I have a terrible time sleeping and have heard that I yell and sound like I'm fighting an epic war against my mattress and pillows. I don't remember the dreams that cause this. I don't remember many of my dreams; but I often wake up with scratches that look like I had a fun time with Cat Woman. That's when I'm asleep. When I'm not...i just lay there all night. Never know when I fall asleep...but I guess I'd get an average of 4 or 5 hours a night on a good day.
i have extremely inconsistent sleep patterns and habits. sometimes i cant sleep for days at a time, other times ill sleep for 15 hours and nothing can wake me up, sometimes ill wake up at every little thing. its pretty terrible, especially due to the inconsistency of it, its not really advisable for me to get any drugs for it. sucks bro.
I'm an E.
I was watching a show once on Navy SEALS, when they were going through training. These guys had been training for like 72 hours straight, and they were finally allowed to sleep for a few hours. A few of them would wake up every 30-45 minutes and just look around for few minutes. The Instructors called it a "Combative Sleep State", or something similar. Those guys brains were just making them wake up and make sure everything was O.K..
That's basically how I sleep. Can't go for more than an hour or 2 without waking up and making sure everything's fine. Guess I'm just paranoid, lol.
C, but I get woken up by my own dreams. Sometime I dream someone calls from dowmstairs to wake me up (they didn't), or the front door bell rings. Strangely it's the door bell from 10 years ago where I used to live and sounds nothing like the current door bell or my phone alarm. It usually happens about 5 minutes before I'm due to wake up, especially if my phone's alarm is set.