This post was last updated on August 6th, 2018.
Reality check: we human beings are just wired not to welcome the sound of a buzzing alarm clock. However, your boss glaring at you as you fumble through the door past nine as a result of oversleeping is something you can certainly all do without. But how to ensure that you wake up in the morning? What steps do you need to undertake to finally figure out how to choose an alarm clock that fits your lifestyle and sleep habits?
Let’s dive into 5 tips that help you guide you through the process of picking up the best alarm clock that will work for you.
Ditch that Smartphone Alarm First
So why even bother getting an alarm clock for heavy sleepers if there’s already one in your smartphone? Here’s the problem: you need to put some space between your sleep and technology, two areas of life that truly deserve to be kept separate.
Is setting the alarm on your smartphone honestly the last thing you do before going to sleep? As long as that ‘smart thingy’ is still in your hand, you have one more excuse to send a text, check your Facebook or quickly surf the web for that term you were itching to know more about earlier in the day.
By the time you put your phone down, you’re already half awake, thanks to the blue light being emitted from the screen. You need to wake up fresh and well-rested, and preferably get to where you need to be on time.
In the name of good health and punctuality, we’re here to help you choose a good old fashioned alarm clock.
The design is secondary – Really, it is
Let’s get this out of the way early on: you need something that functions well, not how cool it looks sitting on your bedside table. Always go for an alarm clock that’s easy to use; e.g. allows you to easily set the time and doesn’t have any hard-to-find buttons for setting the alarm or switching it off.
Wake-up Sound Variety
Even though traditional alarm clocks simply had a basic “sound” to jolt you out of bed, nowadays you have a number of sonic options at your disposal. And these are important to consider. Maybe you need a little extra push or motivation to get you up in the morning – wake up to a favourite music number from your playlist.
Perhaps nature sounds work better to lure you out of bed and eagerly anticipate the start of the day.
Be Wary of Brightness
Some alarm clocks with multiple alarms have a noticeably brighter screen – this is not a good idea, as any light-emitting screen can disrupt your natural melatonin levels, making you restless right before bed.
Always chose a mechanical alarm clock that emits orange, red or amber light. This kind of relatively warmer light will not disrupt your natural sleep patterns.
Extra Features are Always Good
Some alarm clocks for heavy sleepers also come with a strong vibrating feature which some people actually tend to respond to better than a sound.
If you like to keep your room particularly dark even in the morning hours, you would want to get a physical alarm clock that also doubles as a light.