Alarm Clocks: How Using a Device Meant to Disrupt Sleep Can Actually Promote It

The mechanical alarm clock has a long history dating back to ancient Greece, where the philosopher Plato used a large water clock with an alarm which indicated when his lectures would begin in the morning. The Romans used striking clocks featuring hourly gongs. Similar clocks were used in ancient China.

From the 14th century onwards, clock towers appeared all over Europe, chiming at a fixed time every day. Personal settable alarm clocks finally came on the scene in the 15th century. These clocks featured a ring of holes on the dial. The alarm was set by placing a  pin in one of them. The mechanical alarm clock as we know it today was first patented by the French inventor Antoine Redier in 1847.

The first radio alarm clock was designed in the 1940s. The clock integrated AM?FM radio and the alarm could be set with a radio station or a buzzer. The clocks also offered a snooze button, which when pressed would shut off the alarm for a set period of time (such as ten minutes). Some radio alarm clocks also allowed the user to preset a time so they could fall asleep to their favourite radio station.


When Alarm Clocks Are Bad For You 

Your body responds to a blaring alarm in the same way it would if you were being chased by a tiger. An alarm is meant to alert you to danger and kick in your fight or flight responses, so you should know that waking to a startling alarm every day is bad for your health. So how are you supposed to get to work on time without one? Try Alarm Clock For Me. This alarm clock app is designed specially to wake you up in the most gentle way: with your own favorite music. There is no buzzing or blaring bells, just the tunes that you love.

Sooth Yourself to Restful Sleep

Have you ever nodded off to a relaxing tune before? Studies have shown that listen to music before you sleep can not only help you fall asleep faster but can induce more restful sleep. Listening to classical music for about 45 minutes before you sleep will do the trick, which is good news if you have the Alarm Clock For Me app because it not only wakes you gently each morning, it will also help you get some shuteye. All you have to do is preset the timer so it knows when to shut off, then pick the relaxing tunes of your choice. It you are not in the mood for music, the app has a choice of nature sounds and white noise.

Say goodbye to noise pollution and start your day with your favorite Beethoven symphony, the latest country hit or tunes from your teen years. It’s a surefire way to give you a great start to the day. When it’s time to hit the hay, you can lull yourself to sleep with relaxing tunes, sounds of nature, or white noise.

Rebecca x

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