Waking up in the mornings is literally the hardest part of the day. People call it laziness but transitioning from being asleep to being awake enough to understand that I need to get out of bed is becoming increasingly difficult. I never hear my alarms (I set 4, 15 minutes apart) and I've been late to my 9am class/work every single day this entire semester. I've tried everything from leaving Adderall on my bed side table to take it the second I wake up, but that doesn't help much if I never hear my alarms.
Any tips you guys can give me to help with this? Are there any iPhone alarm apps that you have found that are loud enough to wake you up?
I have this particular problem, and as much as I don't want to be "that person"... I will warn you that, even though narcolepsy is a disability, people still think not being able to wake up is about laziness or not going to bed at the right time, no matter what you say. It's difficult for healthy people to imagine being narcoleptic, and many people might think your "using yoru disability as an excuse." I'm not saying this to stop you from talking to people, just to warn you that a lot of people don't like to listen... :-\
That being said, Have you tried other kinds of alarms?
For example, I have a deaf alarm clock (called Sonic Boom) and it had a bed shaker component. You put it under your mattress or pillow and it shakes the bed.
I also have a sunrise halogen alarm, which slowly goes from off to fully bright over a 30 minute period.
I also have an aromatherepy alarm clock (Oregen Scientific). It starts going at a set time. I use cirtus scents, usally, those help me wake up, or make me hungry enough to get up anyway.
You set your alarms 15 minutes apart? I find that when I do this, I manage to turn them all off without waking up.
I have to set my alarms something like this:
7:30 am - First Alarm - Cell phone (take medication if I remember)
8:15 am - Second Alarm - Cell phone (take medication if I haven't already)
8:30 am - Time I set for my slow-loading alarms (aromatherapy clock and halogen lamp alarm, they go from off to max over about 30 minutes)
8:45 am - Third Alarm - Deaf Alarm/Bed Shaker
9:15 am - Last Alarm - Cell phone
If I set them all 15 minutes apart, I'd sleep through them. Have you tried spacing out your alarms?
Anyway, I wish you luck!