A lot of people suggest having two alarms. The first goes off with soothing music, which pulls you out of the deep sleep state that you're in. Then a few minutes later another alarm goes off with beeps in case you haven't gotten up already. This way you can wake up more naturally and peacefully. If you're in a deep sleep state and then your alarm just starts blasting you, you're much more likely to hit snooze, turn it off, or wake up feeling groggy.
I had a similar problem to the OP whereby I switch off the alarm and have no recollection after I wake up (late). Many a time when I have (successfully) been woken up by an alarm, I do so in a cranky mood brought about by being jarred from sleep in such a manner. I think the two alarms idea is a brilliant one and I definitely see myself implementing that one soon.
For me, when it comes to sleep I have a cycle section near my starting where 45 min to 2 hours after I fall asleep I can be woken up just fine. After three hours I can sleep through machine gun fire. At hour 5, I am revivable again, though it takes me 3 hours to then become functional. At 7 I only need 1.5 - 2 hours of system checking. After 9 hours I just switch on. After 11 hours I feel like shit.
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