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6 best alarm clocks for a gentler wake-up

Alarm clocks are useful, but the way they jar you awake from a deep, peaceful sleep is a less than ideal way to start your day. But while waking up at a certain time may be necessary, waking up to a loud, blaring alarm doesn’t have to be. There’s been a sharp rise over recent years in modern, feature-rich alarm clocks that contribute to your well-being. You can choose to wake up to gentle alarms; nature sounds; or even a gradual, simulated sunrise in your bedroom. We found six of the best alarm clocks with modern features. However you sleep, these alarm clocks with give you a more peaceful start to your day.

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Hatch Restore Smart Sleep Assistant

The Hatch Restore Smart Sleep Assistant is a sunrise alarm, sound machine, smart light, alarm clock and meditation app all in one sleek device. It offers many options that allow you to personalize it so you can fall asleep and wake up in a way tailored to you. It wakes you up gradually by mimicking sunrise, moving from red to orange to white light and ending on your chosen alarm sound. And it also has a soft-glow reading light to reduce eye strain. You can easily control and change your settings with the Hatch Sleep app. You can also upgrade to Hatch Premium, their in-app subscription that gives you access to a library of meditations, soundscapes and sleep stories.

HoMedics SoundSpa Slumber Scents

The HoMedics Slumber Scents, while not a sunrise alarm clock, offers a gentle wake-up and several unique features. It is an alarm clock, sound spa and scent diffuser all in one. It has a built-in diffuser so you can fall asleep and wake up to any soothing scent that you choose. And it also offers six different colored LED lights and six nature-inspired sounds for you to fall asleep and wake up to. If you don’t want the light and scent to go all night, use the auto-off timer that you can preset for 30, 60, or 90 minutes. If you don’t want to wake up to the included nature sounds, you can use Bluetooth to connect your smartphone or other device to play your favorite music.

Philips SmartSleep Sleep and Wake-Up Light

The Philips SmartSleep Sleep & Wakeup Light offers more features than many of the other alarm clocks out there. Not only does it simulate sunrise to help you wake gently and gradually, but it also simulates sunset to help you prepare your body for sleep and drift off naturally. In the morning, after 30 minutes of gradual light increase, it switches to FM radio or nature sounds to wake you the rest of the way up. You can adjust the brightness in order to select the level that’s right for you, and it also offers light-guided breathing meditations to help relax you to sleep, and it will charge your cell phone.

Elfeland Wake Up Light Alarm Clock

The Elfeland Wake Up Light Alarm Clock is an effective no-frills option if you want to wake up gently but don’t need the clock to do much else. Like the others, to wake you up gradually and peacefully it simulates the sunrise for 30 minutes before the alarm goes off. For the alarm itself, you can choose from five nature-inspired sounds to fully wake up to. It also functions as a night lamp that can change colors and charge your cell phone. While this clock does not offer a lot of bells and whistles, it has the important basics, and its unique design sets it apart from many of the other clocks like it.

Lumie Bodyclock Shine 300

The Lumie Bodyclock Shine 300 is another that offers a lot of features for a totally tailored and perfectly peaceful wake-up. Along with waking you up gently to simulated sunrise like the others, this clock allows you to choose the duration of the sunset and sunrise simulations from 15-90 minutes as well as the intensity. It offers 15 sounds to choose from as the alarm, as well as FM radio, and if you aren’t using the clock as a light, the light-sensitive display switches off as your room darkens allowing you to sleep in total darkness until it’s time to wake up.

Jall Wake Up Light Sunrise Alarm Clock

The Jall Wake-up Light Sunrise Alarm is another that offers you everything you need and not a lot extra. It’s popular for adults, but also highly recommended for use by kids. You can set the sunrise simulation for between 10 and 30 minutes and choose from seven light intensities, seven nature alarm sounds, and FM radio. The volume is highly adjustable making it ideal for heavy sleepers, and the clock doubles as a nightlight making it ideal for use in kids rooms as well as those of adults.