01 Jun How to wake up without alarm clock shock
If you are tired of being shocked awake by your alarm clock every morning? These alarm clocks will gently wake you up to Tibetan bell chimes and Gong bowls.
In a previous article: “Smartphone apps that help you recall your dreams”, we found some iPhone and Blackberry applications that wake you up gradually at the end of your sleep cycle. As mentioned in the article, a Sheraton Hotel study found that 87% of Smartphone users bring their phones to bed with them.
Though there isn’t yet any conclusive evidence of the long-term effects of a cell phone’s electromagnetic radiation; according to the study, “Electromagnetic fields, such as those from mobile phones, alter regional cerebral blood flow and sleep and waking EEG” by the University of Zurich, the electromagnetic field emitted from a cell phone does affect your sleep cycle.
So. for those of you who prefer to not subject your sleeping body to the electromagnetic field of your cell phones, there are a few alarm clocks that gently wake you up to the sound of Tibetan bells or gong bowls.
Waking up gently and gradually is important to help us remember our dreams and assimilate the subconscious messages they convey. Being shocked awake by our alarm clock abruptly shifts us out of the alpha state (the brain state that bridges the conscious and unconscious) where all these valuable insights are available to us.
Zen Alarm Clock
The Now & Zen Company makes three alarm clocks: The Zen Alarm Clock that wakes you up to Tibetan Bells. The chimes are progressive, one chime at first and then every few minutes it chimes more frequently.
Zen Digital Alarm Clock
They also make a digital Zen Alarm Clock that progressively wakes you up and also has a timer so that you can time your yoga or meditation practice.
If you prefer Gong bowls there is The Zen Timepiece. It also progressively wakes you up first with one gong and then every few minutes more frequent gong sounds. It also can be set as a timer for meditation practice and has a gong you can time for “mindfulness” during the day.
Pyramid Gong Clock
Sage Meditation has a more economical version of the Gong Clock that is in the shape of the pyramid of Gizah, which doubles as a good Feng Shui piece for the home. It can also be used as a mediation timer and has adjustable settings for deep or light sleepers.
Electromagnetic fields, such as those from mobile phones, alter regional cerebral blood flow and sleep and waking EEG. Huber R, Treyer V, Borbly AA, Schuderer J, Gottselig JM, Landolt HP, Werth E, Berthold T, Kuster N, Buck A, Achermann P.Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.