What to Look for in an Alarm Clock
In this day and age, it is very common to see everyone using their smartphones as their alarm clocks. While the alarms on your phone certainly work, they may not be the best idea to use on a regular basis. Studies have shown that keeping your smartphone on your nightstand interferes with you getting good sleep.
That being said, what kind of alarm clock should you use?
First of all, never purchase your alarm clock just because it “looks cool” or matches your décor. You should always buy based on functionality for what you really need it for.
Along the same lines as the smartphone issue, be cautious of the light on the alarm clock you choose. Make sure it has a dimmer setting that allows you to turn down the display brightness. An alarm clock that is too bright can also interfere with your sleep.
Get a clock that has adjustable volume and sound settings as well. While some people are perfectly fine with waking up to a generic alarm sound, others like to set their favorite radio station as their alarm. Deep sleepers will want an alarm clock that has adjustable volume settings, so they can be sure the sound is loud enough. In the same way, light sleepers may want to lower the volume, so they aren’t scared awake with a loud noise every morning.
These are the essential features to consider in any alarm clock. Once you have them nailed down, you can branch out and look for alarm clocks that also includ extra special features. Some alarm clocks have vibration settings, while others use projectors to display the time largely on a wall or ceiling. Smart alarm clocks can display the date, weather, and even pictures. Those extra features are completely up to you.