With appointments to keep and traffic to beat most people will set an alarm to wake them from their slumber. Considered an annoying necessity one accepts as the only way to stay on schedule these ticking time bombs can do your body harm, depending on the type and intensity of the alarm.
Some sound like the mating call of migrating mammoth (muffled and monotonous) whilst others herald a high note even Mariah Carey would have trouble reaching. The net effect of which can be felt for several hours after the wake-quake has hit.
By shocking your system to start your day you effectively short-cut your natural sleep cycle which medical research has shown to raise stress levels within the body leading to subsequent lethargy, declined alertness and compromised immune function.
The primary side-effect being sleep inertia, a physiological state characterised by a decline in motor dexterity and a subjective feeling of grogginess immediately following an abrupt awakening. The impaired alertness may interfere with the ability to perform mental or physical tasks. Sleep inertia can also refer to the tendency of a person to want to return to sleep.
Various secondary effects are:
1) Inactiveness
2) Depression
3) Tension
4) Anger
5) Anxiety
How to avoid the harm of a conventional alarm:
Rather than rise like a rocket and risk exploding upon launch or veering off course make your morning less manic by awakening in a progressive manner. The benefits of which include better memory recall, prolonged alpha brain wave activity and cognitive function, as well as a general feeling of being refreshed after a good night’s rest.
Use soothing sounds not ear splitting shrills that raise your consciousness without raising your blood pressure.
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More than a docking station with sensational sound the iSoundSpa helps create a calming atmosphere with it’s selection of six nature sounds (ocean, rain, night, waterfall, brook, and sunrise) and subtle blue readout.
So now you can rise to a rainforest feeling refreshed and ready for action!

Inga Yandell
Explorer and media producer, passionate about nature, culture and travel. Combining science and conservation with investigative journalism to provide resources and opportunities for creative exploration.