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Raise your hand if you depend on your cell phone as your alarm clock. Yep, that’s right, we’re all sleeping with our smartphones within snooze-button-hitting distance. And there are a few problems with that: We wind up in an endless Instagram scroll before bed, which makes it harder to fall asleep. Not to mention how harmful phone light can be to our skin and the strain it puts on our eyes. Suddenly, banning our phone from the bedroom seems like a brilliant idea.

Since there’s no way we could ever go back to a traditional alarm clock (who wants to be jostled out of REM to high-pitched beeping?) we’ll be grabbing one of these soothing alarms instead. Waking up to the smell of coffee or a simulated sunrise? Suddenly Monday doesn’t seem so bad. 

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Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock with Colored Sunrise Simulation and Sunset Fading Night Light

Waking up to the actual sunrise would be nice, but that would mean rolling out of bed a solid two hours before we’re ready. Instead, simulate the same thing at any point of the morning (or afternoon!) with this brilliant creation that uses light to gently lull you from your slumber, sans any jarring sounds.

Buy It ($75)


Homedics Dual Alarm Digital FM Clock Radio

Does the thought of a vacation in a remote, countryside location make you instantly more relaxed? This alarm clock brings that feeling to you every morning—even if you live in a four-story walk-up in Manhattan. Choose from peaceful outdoorsy sounds (think: ocean, rainforest, thunder and campfire) or white noise that won’t wake you up on the wrong side of the bed.

Buy It ($24)


Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine

Part sound machine and part time-to-rise alarm clock (aka a soft glowing light that turns on during a specified time period to let your child know it's time to get out of bed), this device is perfect for babies and kids of all ages. Control the sounds from your phone in another room and set an alarm for school without the kids taking their phones to bed. Win-win.

Buy It ($60)

Bed Bath and Beyond

OttLite Wake Up Your Way Light & Alarm Clock

Can’t choose between nature sounds and gentle light? This alarm clock has both, so you’ll never get bored or used to the same wake up call, day after day.

Buy It ($100)


Barisieur Coffee Alarm Clock Coffee Maker

Live every day like a Folger’s commercial and rouse from your shut-eye to the smell of coffee. This fancy alarm clock literally brews your morning Joe on your nightstand, so you really can’t hit snooze. Otherwise, you’ll end up with lukewarm coffee.

Buy It ($445)


Pluteck Non-Ticking Analog Alarm Clock

Sometimes we just don’t want to stare at anything digital before bed—including our clock. This silent (read: non-ticking) analog model omits the need to look at blue light. And, if we’re being honest, that’s the very reason why we’re leaving our phone outside our bedroom.

Buy It ($9)

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