Most people know how our natural sleep cycles are supposed to work—or at least how they did work in the days before artificial lighting. It would get dark at night, and we would get sleepy over the next couple of hours before finally falling asleep. Then, the next morning we’d slowly wake back up with the rising sun, feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day.
Maybe that’s naïve, and a bit more cheery than the reality of the past. But, we can probably all agree that the blaring cacophony of the alarm clocks that startle us out of sleep these days is about as unpleasant as it gets. To trigger our natural mechanism for waking up, Neutron Technologies has developed the Rise “Smart Wake Up Light” which simulates a sunrise in the morning.
Rise is a combination of an alarm clock, a nightstand lamp, and a radio/Bluetooth speaker. The lamp automatically adjusts its color profile based on the time of day, so you get a warm orange glow in the evening to make you sleepy, and a bright blue/white shine in the morning to wake you up. When your alarm goes off, Rise will slowly turn the lamp on to wake you up in a natural and pleasant way.
If you’re interested, Rise will be on Kickstarter until February 24th. It’s a little on the expensive side at about $225 for the Kickstarter price. But, you are getting a quality Bluetooth speaker built into Rise as part of the deal.