So I recently invested in one of these alarm clocks because I have a very hard time getting out of bed in the morning and thought the light would help me feel more awake: http://www.brookstone.com/rise-shine-wake-up-and-color-changing-light?flag=search&question=rise%20and%20shine%20alarm%20clock&_requestid=218423
As you can see, they aren't very cheap. So I bought it and have been using it and have been having some issues with it.
I only want the light to wake me up, no sound, but when I only have light on the light only turns on about 50% of the time when its supposed to.
The sound is too loud, even on the lowest setting it wakes me up long before the light comes on
The light is slightly on during the night (it glows) which annoys me because I try to black out my room for a good nights sleep and then this thing is glowing at me and if i cover it up then it won't wake me up
The display is too bright. It only has one setting for turning it down (high or low) and low is still way too bright. I have to cover it with my cell phone while I sleep. Even my boyfriend complains about how bright it is and he doesn't mind light as much as I do when sleeping.
So now to the question. I want to know if anybody else has tried other brands of these light alarm clocks and had better results (because this one obviously isn't very good). Also has anybody had similar issues with this brand in particular? Lastly, should I even be using it if its staying on at night? I think the goal was to simulate moonlight or something because its very faint but it bothers me as I usually sleep in a blacked out room.
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on July 13, 2013
at 12:41 AM
It sounds like your first step should be to contact the manufacturer, not us. Ask if there's any way to fix the various problems you're having with the device.
As for glowing displays, I find that tinted cellophane works great for reducing brightness while leaving it readable.
on July 12, 2013
at 10:59 PM
My first thought is to investigate why you have a hard time waking up. A good night's sleep should leave you refreshed to the point where you don't have trouble waking up, unless you're a natural night owl. If you can, record a videocam of you sleeping, so you can see if you're snoring, which signals an obstruction of your airway. If not, get tested for sleep apnea, which can also disrupt sleep, up to hundreds of times per night.
Good luck in your investigation.