Life is tough and tiring. Oversleeping is common in this day and age because we are always on. People are busier now than they ever have been, and sleep is taking the back seat.

Well, most of the time. Take a look at these 25 people who overslept for some of the most important events in their lives. They must have been real tired…

1. Liar, Liar

The final for my justice course. I woke up with about 10 minutes left to the exam period.

Fortunately for me, something had happened at my home (about 30 minutes away) which caused my mother to call the cops. I was able to use this as an excuse and “hurry” from home to the exam, and they then let me take it the next day.

2. What a save!

My first day of work at my new job after college. I always get super stressed when I have to wake up early for something important and this causes me to not be able to fall asleep. This time it was especially bad and I laid on bed until 3am and I was supposed to wake up at 6 to be at work at 7. Well I woke up at 7:30 with my alarm blaring. I’ve never had my stomach drop so hard in my life. I called the HR rep that I had been communicating with (who was also leading the new hire orientation) and explained what happened and she said that she would come up with a reason to delay the orientation. I got there 2 minutes before they HAD to start the orientation. When I walked in the HR two looked at me and said in front of all the employees and new hires “Oh great we’ve been waiting for you, it’s great you were able to meet with (higher up in the company) so soon, I hope you guys had a good morning”. She saved my life.

3. What a breeze

Labour.

The nurse had to wake me up in order to push out my baby.

4. Awww, poor kiddo

Homemade ice cream. What kind of cruel people wouldn’t wake a kindergartener up after nap time when they have someone coming in to make ice cream?

5. Cutting it close

The most important was a funeral for which I was to be the organist.

The power had gone off during the night, altering the setting on my alarm clock. Fortunately, the undertaker called with a special music request from the family and woke me up in the nick of time.
When I arrived at the church, the pall bearers were carrying the coffin to the front doors. I managed to turn the organ blower on just as the minister announced the opening hymn.

6. Guess you don’t need them anymore…

I once as a child had to take sleeping pills cause of some medical disorder which wouldn’t let me fall asleep – my mom woke me up because I forgot to take the pills.

7. Lucky he didn’t set his house on fire, too

Good friend slept though a final exam, still ended up passing the class though (71.2% IIRC). He got super high the night before, “set his alarm for 8AM” (read: set microwave for 8 minutes), and went to sleep. Surprisingly smart sober person, daft as a pile of bricks otherwise.

8. Sleeping pills

A close friend’s funeral. I knew when and where it was, had my alarm set and had my clothes picked out but worked late the night before and had trouble dozing off so I popped a few Tylenol PM and went out like a light next thing I know I wake up and it’s WAY past the funeral. I still feel terrible about it to this day.