Wake-Up Call

July 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

I will never believe that there are people in the world who can easily wake up in the morning no matter what time is it, smile to the relatives or to the mirror and energetically start for work. Even if they exist they are not real. Even if they are real, I definitely do not belong to them. My morning is a constant struggle with an alarm which turns into awful screaming monster in my half-dreams and steals the most delicious moments of sleep from me. But recently some new devices have emerged and I hope that they will make the wake-up ordeal less miserable.

For example, there are programs developed for iPhone which are called Sleep Cycle and Smart Alarm Clock. For Androids there exists app Sleep-as-an- Droid. These apps observe the phases of your sleep. It is a well-known fact that it’s harder to wake up during the slow phase. So, these programs choose the right moment to wake you up when you are in the phase of fast sleep. They define this moment by observing the state of your activity – if you become restless, your phone notices it with the help of special sensor and turns the alarm on. The disadvantage of this method is that these apps are too sensitive, and if you do not sleep alone or have pets they can mistake your fast sleep activity for some other kind of movement on the bed.

Another pleasant way to begin your morning is to use light alarm. It imitates the light of the sun and gradually increases the brightness. The light gets on your skin and support the production of hormone cortisol which answers for the process of wake-up. One of the options is Philips Wake-up Light, but you may also try Varta V-HF42LP or Medisana SAC. But the light produced by these alarms is not so mild; it is white and sharp and does not remind the natural light of the sun.

You have probably heard of smart alarms. They work like the apps for iPhone and Android, but the principle of defining your movements is more acute as they are provided with sensors. You put these sensors on the wrists and they notice any movement of your body and send radio signals to the device. On the right moment it turns on and wakes you up. Again, there is a disadvantage in this method – you may find it inconvenient to sleep with sensitive bracelets as they may be too tight for your hands. Besides, the signal of smart alarms is not always loud enough, so instead of mild leave of your dreams you may receive nervous hurry of oversleep.

There is also another type of smart alarms which begin to run, fly and perform different other impossible things in order to make you leave the bed and turn them off. But for me it is only an additional stress factor when you wake up in an instant and immediately start catching this naughty device flying above your head.

In conclusion I want to say that it s good such devices are being created but the most effective way to escape troubles with your sleep is to go to bed in time.

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