I've gotten into the bad habit of checking my phone to see the time if I wake up in the middle of the night, which is a sure path to staying wide awake 😳 Does anyone have a bedside clock they love? Ideally not too bright but still visible in the dark. Lots of fancy alarm functions are not a requirement. Bonus points if it's not bad looking!
I use a Philips Wake Up bedside light - game changing for easy wake ups in the winter - there are some interesting new ones out now too, but I've had the same one forever. Phone is nowhere in sight, as I would do the same exact thing. I keep it in a different room.
The Philips SmartSleep is a lifesaver. It gently wakes you up by slowly getting lighter in the morning right before you need to get going. You can control the level of display brightness too so that it's not annoying to be next to you on the nightstand. I swear by these for waking up in our dark winters.
We are a Hatch family, so I vote for the Hatch Restore Sleep Sound Machine. It's pricey but I was running into the same issue of checking my phone for the time, seeing some notification that then made my mind race and would keep me awake. I love that it can subtly wake me up when it's time as well so I don't need to have my phone anywhere near me!
I love this one. You can adjust basically all of the settings (brightness of the display and the wake up light, volume) and it’s easy to use. And the little wake up songs it plays are lovely and sweet.
I went retro... and low rent. Pretty much any thrift store will 5 - 15 alarm clocks for about $2.00. Some are in doggey condition... but some will be nearly mint. Mine was $1.50 in near-perfect condition. Easy to read. The alarm wakes you up. It even has dual recurring alarms by day of the week! But, alas, no smart-gadget functionality. But, you can't beat the carbon foot print... since already exists in the world and so it doesn't need to be manufactured.
To take Robert's suggestion one step further I strongly suggest going even more retro: a plug-in, illuminated dial Westclox alarm clock (or a Timex or a GE). They are simply the easiest to operate. I bought mine second-hand at a thrift shop over 30 years ago and it still works perfectly. The picture comes from one on e-Bay; it is very similar to mine.
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I am an insomniac so I dither between wanting to know the time and not wanting to know it. For now I am in the camp of wanting to know the time. I love our projection clock. It projects the time on the ceiling so I don't have to move very much to see the time. We have one from Amazon: Mesqool Projection Alarm Clock. It also has a radio. I just use it for the clock.
My partner bought a clock that projects the time onto the ceiling. I was skeptical at first but it's fabulous to just look up to see the time. And it's not too bright. As a bonus, it uses radio to set its own time, so the time is always correct.