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The best ... compassionate alarm clocks

New devices attempt to do away with alarms and use light to influence sleepers

The best ... compassionate alarm clocks

New devices attempt to do away with alarms and use light to influence sleepers’ natural rhythms.

Peaceful Progression Wake-Up Clock

This entry from Hammacher Schlemmer not only uses light and sound to rouse sleepers but “comes with citrus aromatherapy beads,” adding scent to the mix. Price: $50 Contact: Hammacher.com Source: Shape

BlueMax Sunrise System Model 250

This cleverly designed device doesn’t take up much space, has a built-in MP3 player, and can store different settings for each day of the week. Price: $179. Contact: Fullspectrumsolutions.com Source: The Wall Street Journal

EZWake Sunrise Clock
The proper sleep/wake cycle requires “exposure to bright light in the morning and dim light before bed.” This clock for kids has a timer that provides both. Price: $90. Contact: Biobrite.com Source: Parenting

Zyken Nightcove
“This futuristic box creates light combinations of varying color, wavelength, and intensity.” Short pulses of white and blue light help rouse you, to the accompaniment of prerecorded sounds or the music on your MP3 player. Price: $2,500 Contact: Zyken.com Source: The New York Times Style Magazine

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