No matter what ringtone or song you set your alarm to — even Drake's soothing pleas to uncover whether Kiki does, in fact, love him — waking up to noise is just, well, annoying. A song you love can become detested by day three, making you want to punch the next person who posts an "In My Feelings" challenge on Instagram.
But there's a better way. One that doesn't lead to anger management classes. Philips's Somneo alarm clock has gained a cult following for the way it mimics the sunrise to wake you up naturally, without the jarring buzz of an alarm. The mod, spherical clock looks like something ripped from Disney's Tomorrowland, and its entire face gradually lights up, turning from deep red, to burnt orange, to a bright, yellowy white glow that fills the room. It's like that scene in the Lion King, just before the "Circle Of Life" plays. "Ahhh, zabenya / get your butt out of bed!"
If you're worried about the light not waking you up — party hard, sleep hard, I get it — you can also set it to start playing one of seven nature sounds (like birds chirping) or the radio. Like the light, it'll start softly, gradually increasing in volume to whatever you set it to, so you don't sleep away the day. (Sadly, you can't program it to play a specific song, so unless you find a radio station that loops "Circle Of Life" all day, every day, your waking-up-like-Simba dreams are ruined.)
It can also play white noise and simulate the sunset, helping you ease off to sleep, and there's a meditative, relaxation-breathing mode to help you unwind. With that mode, you choose one of seven rhythms of light or sound, syncing your breathing to its motions, as a way to decompress.
Fair warning, though: This alarm clock isn't cheap. At $199, it's an investment — though you can often find it as low as $130 on Amazon, Walmart.com, or Jet.com.
There are hundreds of four- and five-star reviews across retailers' sites, all singing its praises, though admittedly, I was skeptical of them after seeing how many mentioned they got the clock for free in exchange for a review. Then I met people who bought it outright and couldn't stop raving about it. Two coworkers swear they wake up easier, feel less groggy, and are finally able to unplug at night, since they're not using their phone as an alarm.
If your morning routine could use a boost, it's worth a shot — especially since it comes with a 90-day, money-back guarantee.
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