I set the alarm at 5:15 and listen to the radio for 5 minutes and then get up. My husband uses an old cell phone as an alarm. He sets it for 5:55 and then does about three 5 minute snoozes. Why? I don't get the whole idea. Why wake yourself up early to get an interupted 15 minute nap? I'd rather sleep un-interupted the whole time getting that extra 15 minutes of solid sleep.
And yes, I am still a basement dweller and love it. It's nice and cool, dark, and pretty quiet. And I use an alarm clock like God intended.