From what we eat to the environment we’re sleeping in, there are multiple ways we can hinder any attempts at snoozing for a full eight hours. One of the more recent ways we’ve been sabotaging our slumber is by using technology in bed late at night and using our phones as alarm clocks. According to Northwestern Medicine, the blue light emitted from smartphones, tablets, and laptops is twice as harmful to our sleep as having a cup of coffee before bed.
To combat this, the technology company Loftie created an alarm clock to kick smartphones out of the bedroom—without making you late in the mornings. Their product also aims to help users establish a better tech-life balance.
The Loftie alarm clock truly shines with its thoughtful, customizable features. Through the device itself or the brand’s app (used for the clock's initial set-up), you can choose your alarm’s tone, volume, time, and weekly frequency.
The clock has a two-phase alarm system so you’re not jolting out of bed. The first tone is a quiet noise that'll begin to bring you out of your sleep. A few minutes later, that's followed by a second sound, which will become a bit louder to encourage you to fully wake up. With the built-in Bluetooth speaker, you can listen to podcasts, music, or Loftie’s wellness content, which includes breathwork and guided meditations in addition to a variety of white noises and nature soundscapes. The alarm clock features an adjustable, warm glowing night light and a blackout function so you can have an undisturbed atmosphere. In addition, it has a polycarbonate shell, weighs just under 2 pounds, and takes up about 18-square inches of your nightstand.
Many self-proclaimed smartphone obsessives have already been surprised by how well this alarm clock helps them abandon their pre-sleep technology addiction. “It has literally freed me from my phone overnight, and my sleep and overall energy [are] already noticeably better,” one reviewer wrote. Another customer was so happy with the device that they bought a second one to have at their partner’s home. They especially love the two-phase alarm system. “I usually hate waking up in the morning, but the initial ‘wake up’ sounds are pleasant [and] they don't jar me out of bed because I know I have another few minutes to sleep before I have to actually ‘get up’ with the second phase,” the reviewer wrote.