Waking up in the morning is the first and most important thing that starts the rest of your day. The way you choose to wake up is actually very important. Your energy levels and even your mood are affected by how you wake up, and can last throughout the day.
Many people wake up to loud alarms
Most people use their phone alarms in the mornings, perhaps because they believe that it’s the most efficient way to wake themselves up. Phone alarms are convenient since the loud noise allows us to wake up immediately.
However, this doesn’t work for everyone. Heavy sleepers who rely on excessively loud noises to wake up tend to sleep right through most alarms. Many of us tend to snooze through our alarms.
For others, alarms are so loud that they jolt us awake- even other people’s alarms will disrupt us prematurely from sleep. We wake up groggy and disoriented, wanting to sleep in for a few more minutes. This cycle sets us up for exhaustion, when there are better ways to wake up.
Loud noises affect your health.
Loud alarms aren’t great for your health. When we’re trying to get a good night’s sleep, our quality of sleep is important to feel well-rested. But even if you get a reasonable amount of sleep, loud alarms can compromise your sleep quality.
Waking up to loud alarms trigger involuntary physical reactions. They cause an adrenaline rush, heart rate increase, and a spike in blood pressure. This jolt triggers a “flight or fight” response that jolts you awake. If you’re in a stage of deep sleep when an alarm jolts you awake, the rest you got could be disrupted.
Suddenly waking up during a ‘deep’ sleep stage can have other effects on your cognitive and mental abilities too. Your ability to think clearly is badly affected, giving your brain fog and impairing your cognition. This contributes heavily to morning grogginess (or sleep inertia). Not only do you not feel ready to get out of bed, but it can negatively impact your mood for the rest of the day.
In some extreme cases, having a loud alarm can potentially lead to reactions like seizures for certain people with heart problems. The effects of using loud alarms can greatly increase the feeling of waking up feeling stressed, and it’s not recommended for long term use for everyone.
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Loud noises also affect your mood.
Furthermore, a loud alarm can affect your mood in a negative way. When you wake up to a loud noise in the morning, many people tend to be suddenly disrupted from their sleep cycle. In turn this can make it feel like you still didn’t get enough sleep. Sleep inertia (or morning grogginess) is what you feel when you wake up still feeling exhausted.
Loud alarms don’t allow your body to naturally reach a point that it can wake up comfortably or easily on its own. This sudden disruption early in the morning can make you wake up groggy, which has been shown to influence your productivity too.
A study on customer service representatives found that whatever mood the person was in the morning stayed the same throughout the day. If your morning attitude is tired or grumpy in the morning, it could affect your working attitude for the rest of the day.
Waking up in a good mood in the morning is extremely important. This is why the way you choose to wake up is also important, and it impacts a lot more than just being able to wake up on time.
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We can wake up better with silent alarms.
Even though loud alarms have been used for more than a century to wake people up, it isn’t as effective as people believe, even if they are convenient. We’re slowly starting to learn more about the downsides to loud alarms, with less pros than cons.
There are alternatives to using loud alarm. The most effective, as well as the healthiest method, is a silent alarm.
Unlike loud alarms, a silent alarm is better for you both physically and psychologically. The main feature of the silent alarm is that they avoid using stressors like loud noises, but are still able to wake you up in the morning. By avoiding loud noise, the silent alarm won’t spike your blood pressure or cortisol levels. You will be able to wake up more naturally as silent alarms try to wake you up slowly, as opposed to jolting you out of your sleep cycle.
Silent alarms are also not as disruptive to your sleep environment as loud alarms. They don’t disturb others sleeping near you, and they also use minimal disruption to wake you up. Your mood will also benefit from waking up without physical reactions to stress, allowing you to have a more positive start to your day.
Many different types of silent alarms
There are several silent alarms that exist in the market. All of them have one goal: waking you up gently and making you feel good when you wake up.
The light alarm
One type of silent alarm is the sunrise light alarm.
The light alarm uses artificial light to mimic a sunrise, increasing your exposure to light slowly. This exposure stimulates our biorhythm and circadian rhythm, which prepares our body to wake up more naturally.
Research shows that a more naturalistic exposure to light can improve your sleep quality. When you use a light alarm, you don’t have to worry about being jolted awake by sounds, and dramatic spikes to your cortisol. Your bodies naturally react to light exposure, so it’s easier to wake up feeling calmer and more refreshed.
However one of the main disadvantages is that it’s normally more expensive since it requires more parts to assemble a high-quality light alarm. Another disadvantage is that it affects your entire sleep environment, so it will still wake up anyone else sleeping in the same room. As a result, it isn’t as personal.
Another more efficient type of silent alarm is vibrating alarms.
Vibrating alarms are better for people like heavy sleepers who have a harder time waking up The sensation will register more directly whereas it might take a longer time for a deep sleeper to hear and register a noise. By using vibrations, the silent alarm avoids using sounds to disrupt your sleep.
Most vibrating alarms start with a low level of vibration; the intensity increases over time so you will be awakened more smoothly. Furthermore, these alarms are more personal as they wake you up more directly without waking up other people in the room.
Some vibration alarms are designed like a wrist wearable, while others are like a belt which you can easily put on your waist and sleep with. Vibrating alarms are more cheap and efficient than some other methods.
However there are still drawbacks to this type of alarm. Many vibrating alarms depend on using very intense sensations to wake up users. Names like the Sonic Bomb and ShakeAwake alarm are aptly named. While they avoid using noise as a stressor to wake people up, they can still cause a lot of discomfort with intense settings. The wearables themselves are also not subtle or optimally designed for sleep. For some it can be uncomfortable to wear a chunky wearable going to bed.
Ultimately, the best solution is VibeRise.
With all the pros and cons weighed out, there’s been a lot of research done on how to create the most optimal sleep device that promotes the best physical and mental state for waking up. The best silent alarm is designed by PAQ Wear; the gentle wearable alarm VibeRise.
VibeRise is the best silent alarm for your sleep health. It’s a comfortable, sleek wristband made from fabric that’s optimal to wear to sleep.
It uses haptic motors to send gentle sensations throughout your forearm; so even though the device is 100% silent, it can still be felt in deep sleep without using intense sensations and stressors to wake you up. The vibrations slowly increase in strength, slowly alerting your sleep cycle into the lighter phases of sleep and allows you to wake up more naturally.
The device is smart, and so is the pairing app which allows you to see more insights into your sleep quality, such as the time it took you to sleep and how long it took to wake up. It tracks your sleep over time based on your personal sleep needs. With VibeRise it’s easy to see actionable insights about how to improve your quality of sleep.
VibeRise wakes you up feeling well-rested, which results in waking up in a better mood. Having a positive attitude that helps you feel motivated and energized is fundamental to improving your productivity and mentality. That’s why VibeRise is one of the best things you can do for your sleep health.
VibeRise was made to adapt to a growing sleep need for better and smarter sleep tech. As we still learn more about sleep and sleep behaviors, people should also have access to their personal sleep needs. We’re also learning how to be more mindful of those around us, and how we wake up affects not just our health but others around us. VibeRise is the best alarm not just for you, but for everyone too.
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