Natural Sunrise Alarm Clock

By: on November 19, 2013
Check It Out

Some people believe that a blaring alarm shattering the silence of our slumber and tearing our eyes open in the still-blackness of a winter morning isn't so good for the body. Philips, makers of the Wake-Up Light and alarm clock, are members of those some people. So instead of rousing snoozers with a jarring buzzing or beeping or brrrr-ing-ing sound, their podlike device does it with a gentle light that simulates a cloudless sky's sunrise. It grows brighter over the course of 30 minutes, and peaks at users' designated awakening time, at which point it is joined by sounds of either nature or Lionel Richie on the radio.

The Wake-Up Light's mock sunrise technique has been approved as an Official Light Therapy Product of the National Sleep Foundation. Its primary benefits include improving users' mood, energy, and willingness to get out of bed. Philips says independent research studies have shown 80% of those who made the switch to a sunrise alarm report having an easier and zippier go of it in the morning. 1,000+ Amazon reviews seem to concur.

In addition to its customizable sunrise intensity settings (up to 250 LUX), the Wake-Up Light offers a choice of morning birds, a beep, wind chimes, or FM radio sounds to play in conjunction with the light amplification process. The light itself turns on and begins to brighten gradually over the course of the 30 minutes leading up to a selected alarm time. At the selected alarm time, the sounds kick in, playing quietly at first, and crescendoing to their full volume level (also user-selected) at 90 seconds in. Hitting the snooze button quiets them for 9 minutes.

Turning the sounds off doesn't turn the light off; it remains lit to facilitate getting out of bed without the need to turn on another lamp. The Wake-Up Light has 20 different brightness settings, and can also serve as a reading light.

Bonus: Not only will this alarm's direct sunlight instigate a peaceful roll-out from under the covers, but it will also refrain from giving you cancer. The Wake-Up light is safe for daily use and 100% UV-free. It churns on a replaceable 100-watt, 12-volt halogen lamp.

Check it out

MonPere Travel Pillow

$71 from MonPere »

MonPere says its new travel pillow, which looks like the arms of a Sesame Street character on a mission to give hugs / snap necks, is "weird for a reason." Apparently, the company's years of testing and prototyping the...

Check it out

Zerobody Anti-Gravity Bed

The Zerobody is a sensory deprivation float tank that removes the one major P in the A side effect of floating: getting wet. (True, drowning is kind of a pain too, but most of these tanks have only about a foot of water...

Check it out

Vibrating Ring Alarm Clock

Ring is a vibrating alarm clock that fits over the finger to gently and noiselessly rip slumberers from their states of peace. It is ideal for couples, the hearing impaired, and people who associate the sound of their...

Check it out

The Harambed

It's called The Harambed. Lucid Mattress says it's the bed of your memes. And I know if you've been meming at all over the past year, you've been meming about Harambe, haven't you? Well put on your PJs and snuggle in...

Buy Now

Little Rooster Alarm Clock Vibrator

$79.99 from Amazon »

Oh (face) no, the rooster's crowing (buzzing) already?! Come (yes, please) on! Do I really have to get up (off)? I hear you, ladies. It's a brutal world of mornings, alarms, and orgasms we live in. I'll keep my fingers...

Check it out

Solar-Powered Air Conditioned Bed

$388 - $776 from Aries »

The Solar AC Bed wants to make it a Bananarama cool (cool!) cool summer without draining your wallet or sucking excess power from the grid. This modular cot frame surrounds your existing bed and absorbs solar energy throughout...

Check it out

King Bed with Doggie Insert


Jason Barton made a king bed with enough room for the King of the Bed. Which means you'll be sleeping on a cut piece of memory foam stuck in the 23" insert tacked onto its side....

Check it out

Sun Token Solar Vaporizer Hybrid

$135 from Sun Token »

Wonder if my dermatologist would approve of this kind of baking in the sun. The Sun Token is a solar vaporizer hybrid. A handmade pipe with removable glass dome, it harnesses the sun's rays to to vape your herbs and mellow...

Check it out

Slumber Cloud Cooling Bedding

$49.99 - $210 from Slumber Cloud »

Somewhere between hot and cold there's a comfy, soft, temperate Slumber Cloud. Based on heat-absorbing / heat-releasing technology originally engineered for NASA astronauts, Slumber Cloud bedding includes a complete line...

Check it out

Sleep Suit

If the Ostrich Pillow doesn't provide enough coverage and anonymity for your power naps, how about the patent-pending Sleep Suit? Designed by Architect Forrest Jessee as an experimental medium for testing out Buckminster...

Buy Now

Zero Gravity Recliner

Sold Out from Amazon »

Varier's Gravity balans may not be new, but it remains Zero Gravity Recliner 1.0. The Original. Like Sean Connery as Bond. Like the Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Like Shannen Dougherty in 90210....

Buy Now

Lucid Dreaming Mask

Sold Out from Amazon »

The philosophy and science behind the Remee Lucid Dreaming Mask makes the most sense to the highly intelligent, the highly self-actualized, and the highly high. For the rest of us, watching the accompanying video is probably...