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One of the things I hate most in life is getting up in the mornings, one of the reasons is that the alarm clock goes of suddenly and rudely. I use one on my cell phone which lets out a soft "beep" and consecutively louder ones. I still don't want to get up as it's still dark and I hate work (need an
idea for that one though).
While slowly and unwillingly creeping towards the bathroom to take a shower this morning, through the pain from the sudden influx of light into my still dilated retina's, I had this idea:
A light that slowly light's up in the morning. It'll take about half an hour to fully light up, when it starts up it would be barely perceivable at first and then light up to a full 100w to get you nice and awake. You can set your traditional alarm to go off when the light is completely lit. That way your system can get used to the idea of the impending wake-state(if that's even a real term), and possibly get ready by finishing up the dream you had or whatever, your eyes would be used to the light and it might make waking up less painful.
It could be a lamp or you could hook it up to the light of your room?
Soleil Sunrise Alarm Clock, Dawn Simulator
nice idea - that's why it already exists in many forms - here's just one example [xenzag, Mar 20 2008]
Sky-like Sunshine Prism Clock
[phoenix, Mar 20 2008]
Sunlight Alarm Clock
[phoenix, Mar 20 2008]
light alarm clocks
many different types of alarm clock here [ericscottf, Mar 20 2008]
||actually your idea is right on.
||In your brain you have a section that is
called the penial body (it kinda looks
like a peanut) and it controls your
internal clock. when it gets dark it
releases (amoung other things)
melatonin (one of your sleep
neurotransmitters) and when it
becomes lighter you release
corticotropin in your melanocytes which
makes you arise.
||slow light change stimulous is
definately the most natural way to wake
in the morning.
||These clocks are plenty Baked. You can also get a clock (more like a wristwatch, actually) that monitors your sleep patterns, and only wakes you when you're naturally nearly awake.
||dr: I have that (sleeptracker) watch, it is terrible. It is actually just an accelerometer, and it decides that you are "almost awake" whenever it is moving. I frequently wake up without it going off, then when i go to take it off, it starts beeping.
||The post, however, was about light based wakeup solutions.
X10 does this, it has an alarm clock module you can set to turn on lights, but it will turn them on suddenly.
||There are several slow-to-brighten alarmclocks at the link i posted.
||As several people have pointed out, this is
thoroughly baked. Use Google to avoid
similar embarrassment in future.
||Also Sp.: lights, retinas.
||Also [Twinkletroll] Sp.: pineal, kind of,
among, corticotrophin, stimulus,