Waking up to a loud alarm clock is hard on even the lightest sleepers. Not only do they startle a person awake, but they often give an unfriendly welcome to the new day.
Now, there is the option of wake-up lights, which are therapeutic and relaxing, but still wake a person from a deep sleep.
While numerous models are flooding the market today, there are three lights that get the job done and avoid the grumpiness of the morning: the Philips HF3520, Philips HF3606, and Totobay.
Totobay offers a sunrise-like awakening. The wake-up light gently increases to help a person transition from a deep sleep to a wakeful state. It gradually moves from 10% light up to 100% light—just as the sun would as it rises.
It also offers a sunrise feature to help a person naturally fall asleep, decreasing light intensity from 100% to zero in a 30-minute window.
For those who want to wake gently to a combination of light and sound, there is the HF3606 by Philips. This model also increases gradually over the 30-minute window for a gentler rousing than traditional noise-based alarms.
All three alarms offer a better wake-up experience than the traditional noise-based alarm. While a person could include noises, all three can be used with the light alone and have multiple options.
For those who want maximum color choices, the HF3520 has 20 brightness settings. However, the Totobay is the only version to offer a sunset and sunrise feature for the better waking and sleeping cycles.
All three are relatively expensive compared to traditional alarms, but the most affordable is the Totobay.