I've been using this alarm + bedside lamp combo since last October, and I can't understate how wonderful it is to wake up ~peacefully~ every morning...and fall asleep more easily every night.
The biggest doubt I had about this clock is whether it could actually, well, wake me up. There are only two alarm sound options: a radio station of your choice and a set of "gentle wake-up sounds" that seemed a little too peaceful to actually get me out of bed. I tried the radio station for a while, but got tired of waking up to Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" every damn day. So I switched to the "bird song" nature sound and set a backup alarm on my phone juuuuust in case.
I've never needed that backup alarm. Here's why: No matter what the sun is doing that day, I get a sunrise in my room, perfectly timed to my schedule. The sounds help a little, but the light does most of the work. It starts getting brighter, slowly, before the alarm goes off, which my body reads as the beginnings of the sunrise. By the time the birds start singing, I'm already most of the way awake, and the light's bright enough that (after a few minutes scrolling through my phone) I just...get out of bed.
My next-favorite feature is the same, but in reverse: the night time sunset. I tap the little sleeping face on the side, and the light does a gradual fade-out over the course of 30 to 45 minutes (or however long I set). And it's not just a dimming effect — it goes through the calming deep oranges and reds that the sunset does, which tells my body that it's time to get some rest and helps me relax. I'm not always completely asleep by the time the room gets dark, but it never takes too long after that!
Of course, all of this works best when you go to bed at the same time every night, but, well, I'm working on that part. —Natalie Brown
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