Who needs a traditional alarm clock anymore? Seriously? I haven't used mine in years and my smart phone is not prone to sudden power outages. I was going to get rid of mind, but then I got nostalgic: alarm clocks might just be a relic from the past worth holding onto.
I'm especially inclined to hold onto clocks with extra tech features. Here are five worth keeping on the nightstand:
1. Tetris Animated Alarm Clock ($29.99)
Numbers made of Tetrominos? Anything with Tetris can't be bad...even when I have to get up way too early.
2. Kikkerland Clap On Cube ($16.32)
I like my room completely dark when I sleep, so I appreciate this clock because the red light display only appears when I clap. Perfect for sleepers who need total darkness and like a minimalist presence on their nightstand.
3. Philips Hf3470 Wake Up Light ($89.99)
The lack of sunshine during these dark winter months can make mornings really hard to arise from. This alarm clock from Philips starts to gradually light up about an hour before the alarm goes off, tapping into our natural circadian rhythm.
4. SnuzNLuz Donation Clock ($39.99)
This is for people who hit the snooze button way too often (me!). Every time the snooze gets pressed, money is transferred from the bank to a charity. I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing...
5. LARK Silent Alarm Sleep Clock ($89.99)
For couples who share a bed and have different wake up times, this clock connects via Bluetooth to an iPhone, iPod or iPad to monitor sleep patterns and delivers a slight vibration when its time to get up, preventing disrupting the other person from waking.