What's the worst way to wake up?

@jesssp (2742)
Canada
February 8, 2010 4:32pm CST
When you're sound asleep what's the absolute worst way to be woken up? I can think of quite a few but I think one of the nastiest ways is to hear the cat start to vomit. There's nothing worse than being half awake, still all foggy in the head, and not knowing where the puke is! Another way I hate to be woken up is by the phone ringing. It's loud, there's a phone right beside the bed, so it actually SCARES me awake and if someone's calling in the middle of the night I always fear the worst. I always have a hard time getting back to sleep after because my heart's beating like crazy. And rounding out the top three of my personal worst ways to be woken up is being urgently shaken. Either it's because something terrible is happening or it's for something silly that really could have waited until the morning. Both are not good in the middle of the night!
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• Philippines
24 Feb 10
For me is to wake up when someone is having a nightmare. I will be truly terrified. Sometimes I will be awaken because of the loud bark of our dogs. And when you check on outside there is someone in the dark, a shadow and he or she will run away after seeing you awaken. Based on my experience, the worst was when I woke up before and there were a large fire in the neighborhood. When we check outside the fire was very near to us so we where shocked we don’t know what to do. We panicked, but later on we come to our senses and salvage what we can salvage. Another worst way to wake up is when you are beside a lion and also when there is a crawling snake on your bed.
• United States
22 Feb 10
The worst way I have found so far is to have a 17lb cat run across/jump on your stomach at 5 am in the morning on the weekend. My husband normally gets up early for work during the week, and of course the cats don't know the difference on the weekend, making the antics of running across/jumping on the bed and whoever is in it a quite painful experience, which always makes it hard to fall back asleep.
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@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
11 Feb 10
Well, I think for me it is when my children come to me in the middle of the night to tell me that they are sick. I absolutely hate to be woken up in that way because it means that I have to get up in the middle of the night and clean up and do at least a load of laundry and give them a bath and all of this being after I've already taken my nerve pill to help me sleep. The other bad way for me to be woke up is by the dogs barking because it makes me paranoid that someone is trying to get into the house.
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@emgee26 (38)
• Philippines
11 Feb 10
well for me the worst is when someone's waking you up but your not yet ready to get up. lol. i just hate it.
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@offlimits (601)
• Philippines
11 Feb 10
I would have to agree about the phone ringing. I really hate being awaken by my phone ringing because it just disturbs my wonderful sleep and dreams! Sometimes I would even think that the phone rings in my dream, but then the phone actually rings in reality. I just hate it that my dreams are being cut off for I would have to attend to some caller in the middle of my sleep. Haha. Sometimes I would also be irritated by my alarm clock (which is my phone, again) because I feel that it doesn't give me enough time to sleep. But then again, I know that my alarm clock's really important because if not for it, I would not wake up for school at the right time. Haha. Good day:)
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@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
9 Feb 10
I hate being woken up, period. If I wake myself up I'm fine.. but anything else waking me up and you better stay out of my way until I've had my coffee and a smoke! Actually for me it's the kids. Mornings are chaotic in my house, and I'm a bad, lazy mom because I still try to sleep as late as possible even when my kids have to get ready for school. Thankfully they are used to this and do everything themselves. By the time I roll out of bed my oldest is already gone, the twins have fed themselves and gotten dressed, and even the babies have been fed by one of the older kids. If I'm lucky, my oldest son will have remembered to change the youngest one's diaper... but I'm not usually that lucky and the baby is soaked! Anyways, as I said, mornings are chaotic... not because everyone's rushing to get ready... on the contrary they're all usually up by 5 or 6 and normally have an hour or so to kill once they're done getting ready before their bus shows up. But they all get to fighting, and in the end one of the younger ones start screaming because they aren't getting their own way, so that's when I get up to try to regain some control and get some quiet! When I wake up from hearing a child scream like that.. I'm in a terrible mood!!
@jesssp (2742)
• Canada
11 Feb 10
Waking up to ANYONE screaming would be terrible, but a child would definitely be the worst. And when you find out it's over something trivial I imagine it's instant bad mood!
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
8 Feb 10
A loud crash because my cat knocked something down while jumping from place to place. The phone ringing in the middle of the night. And I haven't had this one yet, hope never to have it, my husband yelling the house is on fire. That would be bad.
@jesssp (2742)
• Canada
9 Feb 10
Gotta love the crash and then the sound of little paws hitting the floor, or vice versa!
@se7enthbird (8328)
• Philippines
8 Feb 10
there are incosiderate people who pass at the street with their motor bikes that are so noisy. the motor sounds like it was from a rushing truck in the wee hours in the morning. it gives me a shock to hear that. it is also pissing me when they are noisy shouting and laughing outside. it felt like someone rip my heart open har har har. its not a good way to wake up and sometimes i can not go back to sleep afterwards.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Feb 10
The only good way to wake up is gently, in your own time, on your own schedule, after you have gotten enough sleep. Anything else goes on the worst list.
@jesssp (2742)
• Canada
9 Feb 10
You're 100% right about that!
@Hatley (164507)
• Garden Grove, California
8 Feb 10
hi jessp another worst way is to be woke up by feeling like you have to upchuck and running to the bathroom to do just that, then cramps and diarrhea.oh yes the norfolk virus reared its ugly head then when I got well, my roomie got it. now I have what I call the peanut diarrhea but at least it did not wake me in the middle of the night.
@jesssp (2742)
• Canada
9 Feb 10
That's definitely a bad one. I hate having cramps or any sort of pain that's bad enough to wake me right up.
@vjenkins86 (1478)
• United States
8 Feb 10
One of the worst ways to wake up: Your roommate comes in from being out all night, slamming doors, throwing things around, loudly muttering about her boyfriend, yadda yadda yadda. Then she is upset that you're not fully awake so she can moan in your ear about her horrible boyfriend.
@jesssp (2742)
• Canada
9 Feb 10
Ah yes, the joy of roommates. I remember a long time ago waking up at 4 am to the sound of drunk roommates coming home and having a shoe fight on the stairs. Or waking up to a loud argument about one roommate being drunk and trying to get into the other one's bed. It's all amusing now but it was pretty annoying at the time.
@reckon21 (3487)
• Philippines
12 Apr 10
The worst way to wake up when you are deep in slumber is the moment somebody screamed fire in the building or the neighborhood. That would be the worst wake up call I can ever imagined. I really treasured my sleeping time during night time and to be awaken in the middle of it with some fire ready to devour you with pants or not is not an easy thing. So most of the time i just wear pajamas in case something like that would happened. I will not dream of getting toasted in the fire alive. But If is the wake up call I will received at least I will be grateful for it.
@idowrite72 (2214)
• United States
10 Apr 10
The worst way to wake up, to me, is any kind of loud noise. I've been awakened by car accidents, someone banging on the door, thunder (but usually don't even hear thunder), construction on the street in front of my place, or even the yell of someone else in the house that is NOT calling for me to wake up. The phone can be annoying but I don't have the ringer on with the one by the bed, IF I take one to bed with me. I hear it ringing from the other room but if it is a call in the middle of the night I am not always concerned, as I have friends who will call me then and I have told them that I didn't mind, since it is usually something that they are in need of a good ear.
• Boston, Massachusetts
10 Feb 10
Hi Jess, For me, the worst way to wake up is hearing the band of the door from your neighbor, a loud rock or metal music and a nagging voice in the morning. i see these things as being so insensitive. people seemed to be in a fighting mood and is triggering a hot temperature to burst and have a fight. good that we as a family is so patient to keep with this mess in the morning...great that we already moved from that place. we are living now in a peaceful place.
@pree70 (525)
• India
10 Feb 10
being woken up when you are deep in sleep is indeed irritating. i hate it when someone suddenly comes to the room and shouts. i also get greatly disturbed by the phone ringing.
@sacmom (14315)
• United States
10 Feb 10
The worst way to be woken up would have to be getting screamed and cussed out at. It is a very scary feeling. And it's even worse when the person that was sleeping didn't even do anything wrong in the first place, even though the person that woke them up acts like they (the one that was sleeping) did the most horrible thing in the world.
@coffeeshot (3786)
• Australia
10 Feb 10
Waking up and realising you've slept through your alarm and you're late for work! Once I woke up five hours after my shift had started andmy phone was on silent. I had about ten missed calls and messages. It turned out I had woken up, tried to press 'snooze' but hit the 'off' button instead. When I saw the time, I instantly felt sick in my stomach and was certain I would be fired! I wasn't, and everyone was genuinely concerned about me. After that I set two alarms every time I went to bed!
• United States
9 Feb 10
Like you, the worst way to wake up for me is if the phone rings, it scares me, and on top of that I have a hard time to look who is calling because I am half asleep and I can't see who is calling, and while that happen the phone is still ringing, other thing that I hate it is if I am asleep and someone yell or make a really strong noise that wakes me, if this happen it wakes me up very scare, and my heart start.
@trisha27 (3498)
• United States
9 Feb 10
I mainly hate being woken up by loud noises. Either by loud banging or whatever. Like one night I was all the way fully asleep, then I hear this loud banging next door, I live in a duplex and this lady, my neighbor locked out some guy and all I hear is loud banging and the guy yelling to be let back in. Thats just an example. Then I do have to agree with you when hearing your cat puke in the middle of the night. That happened to me and it scared the crap out of me. I could not go back to sleep after that. Then the other as you have said also, where someone is shaking you like crazy, like there's some sort of emergency or something when there really isn't. I hate that.
@Ginoyes1 (41)
• United States
9 Feb 10
I agree with most of your answers. I hate having the phone ring in the middle of the night because it's usually bad news. It jolts us awake - then we're scared and I'm afraid to pick up the phone and hear what's coming on the other end. When you have kids, that is always your big fear - to have the phone ring in the middle of the night. I also did not like being awakened by my kids calling me or coming to shake me because that always meant someone was sick and probably getting the flu. If they just had a nightmare, that was not hard to get them back to sleep - but if they were sick, you are pretty much up for the rest of the night.