Light-Therapy Alarms For Peaceful Morning Wake Ups

Elizabeth Buxton
·5 min read

A minor pain point during one of our favorite changes in season, summer to fall, is Daylight Savings. What we initially gain in an hour of extra snooze time, we ultimately lose in extra sunshine — which can domino effect into the ensuing workweek. So, to help us stay on top of our sleep schedules (especially for those of us who live in tiny dark apartments), we'll be turning to on a little something called the light therapy alarm clock.

Also called wake-up lights and dawn or sunrise-simulators, these savvy devices work by using a gradually brightening light (instead of or in conjunction with sound) to simulate sunlight for a more natural waking process. Not only useful for combatting S.A.D., these luminous gadgets also serve as crafty solutions for sunshine-starved spaces where natural light is scarce year-round.

Ahead, the top-rated and sleekest options out there to invest in now pre-Daylight Savings skip. Scroll on to shop the bright home good that will rise and shine on schedule when you (and real sunlight) can't quite get it together.

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<h3><strong><a href="https://fave.co/2HvIROm" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Hatch Restore Sound Machine" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Hatch Restore Sound Machine</a></strong></h3><br>The Hatch Restore was one of our <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/mvp-awards-2020" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:2020 MVPs (Most Valuable Products)" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">2020 MVPs (Most Valuable Products)</a> for good reason. This smart light meets soothing sound machine offers customizable scenic sounds along with guided meditations to help you wind down and drift off. The Restore also employs a natural sunrise-and-sunset light feature to encourage more gradual wake-ups on dark and dreary mornings when you feel like playing wack-a-mole with your snooze button.<br><br><strong>HATCH</strong> Restore Sound Machine, Smart Light, and Alarm Clock, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.hatch.co%2Frestore-buy-now" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:HATCH" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">HATCH</a>

Hatch Restore Sound Machine


The Hatch Restore was one of our 2020 MVPs (Most Valuable Products) for good reason. This smart light meets soothing sound machine offers customizable scenic sounds along with guided meditations to help you wind down and drift off. The Restore also employs a natural sunrise-and-sunset light feature to encourage more gradual wake-ups on dark and dreary mornings when you feel like playing wack-a-mole with your snooze button.

HATCH Restore Sound Machine, Smart Light, and Alarm Clock, $, available at HATCH
<h3><a href="https://casper.com/glow-light/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Casper The Glow Light" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><strong>Casper The Glow Light</strong></a></h3><br><br>Designed to not only gently wake you up by filling the room with soft light for an easy morning rise, but The Glow Light is also meant to help you peacefully fall asleep as it gradually dims to gently lull you in to sound snooze. <br><br><strong>Casper</strong> The Glow Light, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fcasper.com%2Fglow-light%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Casper" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Casper</a>

Casper The Glow Light



Designed to not only gently wake you up by filling the room with soft light for an easy morning rise, but The Glow Light is also meant to help you peacefully fall asleep as it gradually dims to gently lull you in to sound snooze.

Casper The Glow Light, $, available at Casper
<strong><h3><a href="https://amzn.to/2WaQ6hB" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Philips Smartsleep Light Therapy Lamp" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Philips Smartsleep Light Therapy Lamp</a></h3></strong><br>Philips’ at it again with top-rated wake-up clocks — this model pulls in praise for its double-duty sunrise-sunset feature that offers a, "calm and peaceful transition from your day to your dreams."<br><br><strong>Philips</strong> Philips SmartSleep Sleep & Wake-up Light Therapy Lamp, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/3jwA8c1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Philips Smartsleep Light Therapy Lamp


Philips’ at it again with top-rated wake-up clocks — this model pulls in praise for its double-duty sunrise-sunset feature that offers a, "calm and peaceful transition from your day to your dreams."

Philips Philips SmartSleep Sleep & Wake-up Light Therapy Lamp, $, available at Amazon
<strong><h3><a href="https://www.urbanoutfitters.com/shop/bunny-sunrise-alarm-clock?category=SEARCHRESULTS&color=066" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Urban Outfitters Bunny Sunrise Alarm Clock" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Urban Outfitters Bunny Sunrise Alarm Clock</a></h3></strong><br>A cute bunny-inspired design meets premium light simulating technology in this top-rated, color-changing sunrise clock — as one customer raves, "It’s super cute and fits perfectly on my nightstand. The light really helps me get out of bed easier in the morning."<br><br><strong>Urban Outfitters</strong> Bunny Sunrise Alarm Clock, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.urbanoutfitters.com%2Fshop%2Fbunny-sunrise-alarm-clock" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Urban Outfitters" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Urban Outfitters</a>

Urban Outfitters Bunny Sunrise Alarm Clock


A cute bunny-inspired design meets premium light simulating technology in this top-rated, color-changing sunrise clock — as one customer raves, "It’s super cute and fits perfectly on my nightstand. The light really helps me get out of bed easier in the morning."

Urban Outfitters Bunny Sunrise Alarm Clock, $, available at Urban Outfitters
<h3><a href="https://www.neimanmarcus.com/p/lexon-design-wake-up-light-alarm-clock-prod223700088" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Lexon Design Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Lexon Design Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock</a></h3><br>This stylish wake-up gadget comes equipped with a sunrise simulator, six different natural alarm sounds, and a sleek LED clock screen. <br><br><strong>Lexon Design</strong> Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.neimanmarcus.com%2Fp%2Flexon-design-wake-up-light-alarm-clock-prod223700088" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Neiman Marcus" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Neiman Marcus</a>

Lexon Design Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock


This stylish wake-up gadget comes equipped with a sunrise simulator, six different natural alarm sounds, and a sleek LED clock screen.

Lexon Design Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock, $, available at Neiman Marcus
<h3><a href="https://www.uncommongoods.com/product/edge-light-clock" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Edge Light Clock" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Edge Light Clock</a></h3><br>A sleek, space-saving design that boasts everything from evening bedside reading to natural morning wake-up light capabilities that can be shut off with a gentle shake. <br><br><strong>Uncommon Goods</strong> Edge Light Clock, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.uncommongoods.com%2Fproduct%2Fedge-light-clock" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Uncommon Goods" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Uncommon Goods</a>

Edge Light Clock


A sleek, space-saving design that boasts everything from evening bedside reading to natural morning wake-up light capabilities that can be shut off with a gentle shake.

Uncommon Goods Edge Light Clock, $, available at Uncommon Goods
<strong><h3><a href="https://amzn.to/2WftnB5" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Titiroba Wake-Up Light" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Titiroba Wake-Up Light</a></h3></strong><br>This multifaceted clock has a brightness scale that can be gradually increased or decreased, a myriad of preferred color settings that you can freeze depending upon your mood, and sound options ranging from birds to thunderstorms and waves for your ideal wake-up style.<br><br><strong>TITIROBA</strong> Wake-Up Light, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/2WftnB5" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Titiroba Wake-Up Light


This multifaceted clock has a brightness scale that can be gradually increased or decreased, a myriad of preferred color settings that you can freeze depending upon your mood, and sound options ranging from birds to thunderstorms and waves for your ideal wake-up style.

TITIROBA Wake-Up Light, $, available at Amazon
<strong><h3><a href="https://amzn.to/2PgvtiJ" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Latme Sunrise Alarm Clock Wake-Up Light" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Latme Sunrise Alarm Clock Wake-Up Light</a></h3></strong><br>This wake-up clock boasts multiple colors and brightness scales that range from soft sunrises to deep sunsets. <br><br><strong>LATME</strong> Sunrise Alarm Clock Wake-Up Light, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/364ljHS" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Latme Sunrise Alarm Clock Wake-Up Light


This wake-up clock boasts multiple colors and brightness scales that range from soft sunrises to deep sunsets.

LATME Sunrise Alarm Clock Wake-Up Light, $, available at Amazon
<h3><a href="https://amzn.to/2MLQ5Om" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amir Touch Control Wake-Up Light" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amir Touch Control Wake-Up Light</a></h3><br>This little gadget gradually brightens, radiating a warm ambient light inside your space 30 minutes prior to an alarm of your selection sounding — and all you need to do in order to shut the process off is gently tap its top. <br><br><strong>Amir</strong> Touch Control Wake-Up Light, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/2MLQ5Om" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Amir Touch Control Wake-Up Light


This little gadget gradually brightens, radiating a warm ambient light inside your space 30 minutes prior to an alarm of your selection sounding — and all you need to do in order to shut the process off is gently tap its top.

Amir Touch Control Wake-Up Light, $, available at Amazon
<strong><h3><a href="https://www.gearbest.com/night-lights/pp_1720164.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Brelong Smart Timing Light Alarm Clock" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Brelong Smart Timing Light Alarm Clock</a></h3></strong><br>This chic option couples a mushroom-shaped design with a softly-lit ring thats brightness can be adjusted by touch.<br><br><strong>BRELONG</strong> Smart Timing Bedside Sensor Alarm Clock Night Light, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffave.co%2F3osfAVN" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:GearBest" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">GearBest</a>

Brelong Smart Timing Light Alarm Clock


This chic option couples a mushroom-shaped design with a softly-lit ring thats brightness can be adjusted by touch.

BRELONG Smart Timing Bedside Sensor Alarm Clock Night Light, $, available at GearBest
<strong><h3><a href="https://amzn.to/2N9THsh" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:LBell Wake-Up Light" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">LBell Wake-Up Light</a></h3></strong><br>With gradual changes in both brightness and color, this alarm clock simulates the deep reds to oranges and bright yellows of sunrises and sunsets for a more authentic wake-up and wind-down experience.<br><br><strong>LBell</strong> Wake- Up Light, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/37yTH0N" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

LBell Wake-Up Light


With gradual changes in both brightness and color, this alarm clock simulates the deep reds to oranges and bright yellows of sunrises and sunsets for a more authentic wake-up and wind-down experience.

LBell Wake- Up Light, $, available at Amazon
<strong><h3><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079CFKMS3/ref=sspa_dk_detail_4" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Thpoplete Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Thpoplete Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock</a></h3></strong><br>This portable model can be charged to last for up to 120 hours with adjustable light, color, and sound modes for a gentle wakeup wherever you go.<br><br><strong>Thpoplete</strong> Wake Up Light Alarm Clock, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/31Aztju" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Thpoplete Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock


This portable model can be charged to last for up to 120 hours with adjustable light, color, and sound modes for a gentle wakeup wherever you go.

Thpoplete Wake Up Light Alarm Clock, $, available at Amazon
<strong><h3><a href="https://www.walmart.com/ip/Philips-Wake-Up-Light-Alarm-Clock-with-Colored-Sunrise-Simulation-and-Sunset-Fading-Night-Light-White-HF3520-60/43924335" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock</a></h3></strong><br>Philips' alarm clock combines a choice of five natural sounds or FM radio and 20 different brightness settings on soft, UV-free light with up to 300-lux illuminance — creating what reviewers describe as an entirely gentle wake-up experience.<br><br><strong>Philips</strong> Wake-up Light Alarm Clock, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffave.co%2F3mg1h4B" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Walmart" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Walmart</a>

Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock


Philips' alarm clock combines a choice of five natural sounds or FM radio and 20 different brightness settings on soft, UV-free light with up to 300-lux illuminance — creating what reviewers describe as an entirely gentle wake-up experience.

Philips Wake-up Light Alarm Clock, $, available at Walmart
<strong><h3><a href="https://www.gearbest.com/table-lamps/pp_009387758048.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Utorch Wake-Up Light" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Utorch Wake-Up Light</a></h3></strong><br>Reviewers tout this three-light wake-up clock with additional color transition and sound settings as a quality gift and stylish home accent.

Utorch Wake-Up Light


Reviewers tout this three-light wake-up clock with additional color transition and sound settings as a quality gift and stylish home accent.

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