The right alarm clock, however, can help you get up and shine. For less stress and more mojo in the morning, read our guide to choosing the best alarm clock.
Analog, Digital or smart?
While methods of measuring time have existed since the ancient civilizations of Sumeria, Egypt and Persia, mechanical clocks emerged in Europe around the year 1300. Since then, inventors and horologists have continuously improved the accuracy and size of watches. Today, we almost take for granted these innovations that keep time. Watches, however, continue to evolve, from analog models with moving hands to digital watches that display numbers electronically and, finally, “smart” watches that can be controlled by voice and connected to your digital home assistant.
Whether you choose an analog, digital or smart alarm clock depends largely on your sleep style, personality and lifestyle. For example, if you tend to be a light to a moderately heavy sleep, a direct analog or digital alarm clock may be enough to wake you up in time. If you’re scared of alarm clocks, you might want to consider a smart device that can be programmed with music, nature sounds, or even a daylight clock, which uses light instead of sound for a smoother start to the day.
Key purchase considerations
When buying an alarm clock, there are a few key considerations to consider: display options, alarm type, power supply, and connectivity. In addition to these factors, the most important thing to consider is your own sleep style and personality. If your watch does not match you, it will not be effective, as simple as that.
The display is the numerical face of the clock, which can be printed (analog) or electronic (digital). First of all, make sure the Watch screen is readable. Are the numbers big and bright enough for you to see effortlessly? If the answer is yes, also consider the brightness of the screen and whether it is dimmable. If you prefer a dark bedroom, look for a digital clock with dimmable numbers or an analog clock with a light button instead of digital numbers.
There are four types of alarms to consider: sound, motion, light-or a combination of the three. Each has strengths and disadvantages, depending on their type of sleep and preferences.
Sound: most alarm clocks use sound to wake us up. Many analog clocks use beeping sounds, which can sometimes be adjusted for length and loudness level, usually between 30 and 90 decibels, although the loudest alarms can go as high as 113 db. Digital clocks also use sound alarms, but they may have more options to choose from than analog clocks, including softer alarms like birdsong and music. If you prefer music or talk to wake you up, some digital clocks come with a built-in radio function. Smartwatches have most of the sound features, including pre-programmed alarm options, radio channels you can bookmark, and streaming services you can connect to via your WiFi network.
Movement: for those who sleep very heavy or those who have hearing loss or deafness, sound can be an ineffective wake-up call. Instead, consider a clock with a”built-in bed shaker”.”This device is connected to the clock via a cable and slides under your mattress, giving you a strong movement every morning, without waking others in the room.
Light: light alarms can flash or simulate sunrise. For those who sleep a lot, flashing lights can scare the brain into action. For people who sleep lighter or with sensitive ears, daylight clocks can help adjust their circadian rhythms by taking advantage of bio-signals that stimulate the brain (such as natural sunlight). These alarm clocks, which simulate sunrise, seem to improve both sleep and mood, according to preliminary research. In addition, daylight clocks are great for bringing light to basements or bedrooms with small windows or inadequate natural lighting.
Combined alarms: for people who sleep heavier, or people with hearing loss or deafness, watches that offer sound, movement and light alarms may be more useful. This way, if one alarm doesn’t wake you up, the other two will do the trick.
#Analog watches usually run on batteries. A single AAA battery can last up to six months, while an AA battery can last up to two years of constant use. Digital and smart watches, on the other hand, run on batteries or are electric. Electric models are ideal for home use, because you can connect them to a bed socket. Many digital models are also equipped with a backup battery in the event of a power outage. For travelers and people on the go, a small battery-powered digital clock can make a big difference on business trips and vacations. By bringing your own watch, you will never have to rely on unknown and unpredictable hotel alarm clocks or alarm clocks again.
There are also a lot of “smart” watches on the market, which promise to make your life easier and your daily routine more streamlined. If you have a home digital assistant like Amazon Alexa or Google Home, make sure the watch you choose is compatible with this system. Other smart watch features include built-in WiFi connectivity, USB ports for charging your devices at night, as well as speakers and radio options. Once the watch is connected to the home network, it can stream music, audiobooks and news at bedtime and in the morning.
Sleep or not?
Many alarm clocks include a “snooze” button, which temporarily silences the alarm to give you a few extra minutes of sleep before ringing again. However, if you tend to rely too much on repeat buttons, look for a watch without this handy but addictive feature.
Wake up to a good morning with these foolproof alarms.
You probably feel naked without your smartphone by Your Side, but keeping it on your bedside table and using it as an alarm clock could interfere with a good night’s sleep if you’re tempted to check your text messages and emails. It also emits something called “blue light” that is so bright that it can trick your mind into thinking it’s daytime and keep you up late at night. A better bet might be to make your bedroom a cell phone-free area, and instead get an alarm clock that will facilitate you a good morning. Here are some tips to choose the best alarm clock for you.
1. Do Not Be Seduced By The Design
It is better to choose an alarm clock based on its functionality, rather than on how cool it looks. You’ll probably be a little stunned when your alarm wakes you from sleep, so choose a product that’s easy to use (think: there are no hard-to-find “off” buttons).
2. Don’t Be Too Smart.
You won’t want an alarm that emits a bright “blue light” that could stimulate you and make you restless at night. Most electronic devices (alarm clocks, smartphones, and computer screens) emit a blue light that interrupts sleep, so try using an alarm clock that says it has an amber, orange, or red light. This kind of warmer light makes sleep more restful.
3. Consider Different Sounds
Alarm clocks usually work by waking you up with sound, and these days, you have more sound options than ever before. Choose the one that best suits your personality. Do you prefer to wake up NPR on the radio or your favorite playlist? Do you think that the sounds of nature are a better way to get yourself out of the sweet dream? Perhaps you would appreciate an alarm clock with an increasing volume that starts low and gets louder over time, so you can wake up more smoothly. Moreover, if you are a deep sleeper, a loud, beep Horn may be the only way to enter consciousness!
4. Think About Additional Features
Those who sleep soundly may need an alarm clock that also vibrates, because shaking the bed could be a more reliable wake-up call. If your room is very dark and you’d like to gently relax in the morning, consider getting an alarm clock that works like a light: around wake-up time, it turns on dim and slowly gets brighter as it gets closer to when you’re supposed to get up so you can’t ignore it. If you and your partner need to get up at different times, consider getting a product that offers dual alarms, so you can set it up for multiple wake-up times (Bonus: it also works as a backup alarm).