The best alarm clocks you can buy
- Although waking up early for work or school might never be a joy, a good alarm clock makes it easier.
- We checked out dozens of alarm clocks and determined that the Magnasonic Projection Alarm Clock is likeliest to wake you up and get you going with the least amount of pain.
Let's face it: The ring, blare, buzz, or chirp of your alarm clock is probably never going to be your favorite sound. But then again, the angry rumble of your boss, when you show up late for work after oversleeping, is even worse. So make mornings a little easier by choosing an alarm clock that makes your return to reality if not a pleasure, then at least not a pain.
Why you should use an actual alarm clock, not your smartphone alarm
You might be wondering, "Why bother with an alarm clock when I have a phone?" A fair question and many people do wake up to their cell phone's prompting. The problem with this, however, is it makes it far more difficult to put some space between your technology and your sleep, and those are two areas of your life best kept separate.If the last thing you do before closing your eyes for the night is pick up your cell phone to set the alarm, how likely is it that you're just going to do that one thing, then set the phone down on the nightstand? Admit it, you're probably going to check your Instagram, send a text or two, play just one more round of your favorite game, or surf the web.
By the time that phone hits the nightstand, you've lost precious sleep time, you've tricked your brain into thinking it's wake-up time instead of dream time because the glow of the blue light emitted by your phone reduces your body's release of melatonin, the hormone that regulates your sleep cycle. Instead of relaxing, you've stimulated your mind. All of that adds up to poor quality sleep followed by a groggy, foggy, "I don't know why I'm so tired," kind of morning.
Here at Insider Picks, we want you to sleep well and wake up refreshed because we do too. That's why we've researched the top consumer websites, listened to sleep experts, test products ourselves, and checked out what actual buyers have to say about their favorite alarm clocks to find the five best options for every kind of person.
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Here are the best alarm clocks you can buy:
- Best alarm clock overall: Magnasonic Projection Alarm Clock
- Best alarm clock for deep sleepers: Sonic Alert Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock
- Best gentle alarm clock: Philips Wake-Up Light
- Best smart alarm clock: Lenovo Smart Clock with Google Assistant
- Best analog alarm clock: Marathon Analog Desk Alarm Clock
- Best alarm clock for kids: OK to Wake! children's alarm clock
Updated on 07/01/2019 by Les Shu: Updated selections, prices, links, and formatting. Added a new option for best smart alarm clock.
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