Fall and winter mean dark mornings that make it hard to wake up. Enter the best invention to ever grace your nightstand: the sunrise alarm clock. You can mimic summer cottage mornings with the soft light and the birds chirping, all with the touch of a button. We can’t promise you’ll jump out of bed whistling, but these sunrise alarm clocks just might make those early winter wake-ups a bit more tolerable.
Philips Wake-Up Light
Set your alarm for your regular wake-up time, and this clock will slowly start simulating the sunrise 20-30 minutes before it. The colour variations begin with a soft red glow to a full-on happy yellow to mimic a natural sunrise. There are five alarm sounds to choose from, including happy birds and FM radio, and the volume will gradually increase until you’re awake and can turn it off. Have trouble sleeping? There’s also a sunset simulation that does everything in reverse.
Lomi Sunrise Alarm Clock
Not only will you slowly wake up to the sunrise with this clock, but the Himalayan salt rock base emits a beautiful pink glow that is rumoured to have clarifying benefits.
Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine
This Hatch may be marketed for use with babies, but we know from experience that the light and sound machine combo will lull you right to sleep and softly wake you back up. You can control the colours, the sounds, and the time-to-rise alert all from your phone.
eCozy Sunrise Alarm Clock
You’ll think you’re at the cottage when you wake up to the sounds of waves and wind chimes. Connect this clock to WiFi and you’ll be able to control the sound and light settings through an app and with voice control.
Philips SmartSleep and Wake-Up Light
If you have a lot of trouble falling asleep or waking up, this alarm clock may be for you. Yes, it’s the most expensive option on the list, but we know people will do anything for a sound sleep. For the extra money, you’ll get a built-in wind-down routine with light-guiding breathing. And in the morning, wake up with a slow sunrise and peaceful nature sounds.