I AM WINNING!
One of the perks of reviewing products for companies is that you often get the product for FREE. (Score!)
I’m required to tell you that I got both of these gadgets for free in return for writing up a review.
NOW THAT THAT’S OUT OF THE WAY, we can get to the good part!
Allow me to introduce you to Nightwave and Lark! They sound like an awesome superhero duo, madly in love and out to kick evil right in the kneecaps! ACTUALLY they’re two very cool sleep gadgets. Nightwave helps you fall asleep and Lark wakes you up. TOGETHER, THEY ARE AN UNSTOPPABLE FORCE! Or something. I’m probably hyping it a bit.
The Nightwave basically has a bright blue LED that pulses and soothingly lights your bedroom (or your friend’s living room if you’re a couch surfer – I don’t judge). The idea is to breathe in rhythm with the pulses and eventually fall asleep.
I have NO trouble falling asleep (as you’ll see later on in this post). So instead I used my son as a guinea pig, since he’s the 4-year-old embodiment of the phrase “I’m not tired”. He LOVED it. It now belongs to him. Each night, we turn on “the blue light” and it knocks him right out. WIN!
The only strange thing is that it has a “heartbeat mode” that instead of a nice even pulse, is a “thump-thump” as if it’s some sort of glowing blue alien heart contained in a plastic box. CREEPY.
The other awesome doodad I am now in love with is the Lark. This is the coolest alarm I’ve ever seen because it’s SILENT. Instead of a heart-stopping fire alarm or wind chimes or birds chirping or Howard Stern, it vibrates to wake you up.
You heard me!
It comes with a black neoprene-ish wristband and a charging base. The unit in the wristband connects via bluetooth to an iPhone app (sorry Android users). You set your alarm and plug your iPhone into the base to charge overnight. When it’s time, the wristband unit starts vibrating like a bumblebee caught in a spiderweb to wake you up. PLUS, if you fail to either snooze or turn off the alarm within 2 minutes, the app turns into a regular audible alarm as if to say “OKAY, SLEEPING BEAUTY. ENOUGH ALREADY. GET UP.”
I’ve had a rough history with alarms. I hate buzzers, bells and any of the traditional alarm sounds. I don’t like being startled awake. This is a much gentler alternative that WORKS. AND it won’t wake anyone else in case you’re one of those people who like to hit the snooze button repeatedly for 45 minutes before staggering out of bed.
Another added bonus is that it tracks your sleep habits and shows you why you may not feel rested when you wake up, even if you think you slept all night long.
Here are my actual stats as of this posting.
My average time to fall asleep was shorter but I stayed up one night after setting the Lark to watch the new Duct Tape episode of Mythbusters and skewed my data. Data Nerd FAIL.
Both were great but I’m absolutely sold on the Lark as my new alarm. Not only is it nicer to wake up to, it satisfies the nerd in me and gives me information! You can get both Lark and Nightwave at Bestbuy.