Rise and shine with technology
The “saddest” day of the year has supposedly passed us by.
Blue Monday (which has no scientific basis) has become known as the date where people are the saddest, struggling with the lack of sunshine and other factors around at this time of year. So since we are now in the upswing having passed the third Monday of January already, I thought I’d look forward to what the year has to offer. Since our moods are often closely associated with how much sleep we had the night before, I started thinking about my own struggles with getting up in the morning. For me, struggles equate to a solution with a technological slant. Let’s see what is out there.
Are you one of these people who constantly hit the snooze button on your alarm clock for “just another few minutes” of sleep? Are you able to convince yourself that it's okay to keep hitting that button until you are literally out of time and have to scramble to get ready? How about an alarm clock that isn’t going to let that happen?
The Ruggie is much more effective than a traditional alarm block because it actually requires you to stand on it (with two feet) to shut it off. It also provides you a motivational message in the morning to start your day. While I personally wouldn’t want to be required to use it every single day, I can see where this could be very useful and the price for it is very reasonable. It’s definitely a smart use of wireless technology.
I have mentioned the ilumi light bulb before because it’s one of the most interesting smart light bulbs on the planet. What you may not know is that the latest version of the ilumi app now supports the circadian rhythm of light, which is more natural to what your body is used to. This means that any ilumi light bulb in your bedroom will wake you in a more gentle (and natural) manner. The concept is that shorter wavelength light in the morning make help wake you, while the warmer light (light without blue in it) helps the body naturally produce melatonin which helps you relax and sleep better. Now you’re using technology and science to get a better sleep.
If you are looking for something pretty fun (perhaps great for a child) look no further than the Clocky from Nanda Home. If you are a chronic snooze-button pusher, this one is for you. When the alarm goes off, Clocky actually runs away. It moves and jumps off the nightstand and tries to hide under the bed or somewhere else. It chirps and beeps until you find it and shut it off, requiring you get out of bed to chase it down.
I love the Bill Murray film Stripes and in the movie you can see how waking up in the morning to a drill sergeant would not always be the most pleasurable thing, but it works! While it might be a little hard to obtain one today, you can see how it works on YouTube. Move it, move it, move it!
Finally, in the “I wish it was real” category is the SnuzNLuz clock (you have to say that out loud) from Think Geek. This clock makes a donation to a charitable organization each time you hit the snooze button. If you can’t seem to wake up in the morning, you could go broke trying. Although it’s not real, the concept is amazing and perhaps someone will make it for real.
Whichever way you decide to wake up in the morning (I often just set the alarm on the iPad on the night stand), technology will be there to help you out. I might have to follow this up with technology to help you sleep, but until then, but those extra awake hours to good use.