I tried it all. I stored my phone away from my loft bed, forcing me down some very steep, not-up-to-code stairs. I routinely read and re-read all the late fees I’d incurred for sleeping through morning circuit training classes. Nothing—not even shame and losing money, my two greatest weaknesses!—got me to actually roll out of bed when my alarm went off. That is, until my very patient husband bought me the LBell Wake-Up Light and Alarm Clock.
The stylish, opaque globe is like the Swiss Army knife of sleep: It’s a clock and wake-up light (and also a sleep aid and radio). Every morning, the clock slowly emits light, starting with a deep red and ending with a bright, white light, to mimic the sunrise and quietly wake me up in the 20 minutes before my alarm sounds. At the end of that cycle, a soundtrack of gently flowing water fills my tiny loft, telling me that it’s time to get up. And I actually do.
Now I’m up early—sometimes even before the peaceful trickle of water begins—to stretch before class or make some coffee. That’s because I feel rested, not jerked awake by my usual phone alarm and craving just ten more minutes of sleep. Somehow, I’m still a bit late to the office...but I’ll just have to blame my post-workout hair straightening routine for that. —Elyse Inamine, digital restaurant editor
Buy It: L Bell Wakeup Light, $46
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Originally Appeared on Bon Appétit