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Alarm clock? Who still uses them? That’s what your smartphone is for!

Mobile devices come in handy for this purpose, but there are studies which show that keeping your smartphone next to the bed and using it as your alarm clock might be the reason you’re not getting a good night’s sleep. Here’s what you need to know about choosing the best way to wake up in the morning.

The problem with using your smartphone

It’s actually an excellent alarm clock. It’s not such a good idea, however, if you’re prone to checking your text messages, emails, and social media accounts while you’re in bed. The screens of most mobile devices emit what’s known as “blue light,” which can trick your mind into thinking it’s still daylight.

If having your smartphone right next to you on the nightstand is too much of a temptation, you might want to consider a traditional alarm clock. Better yet, make your bedroom a mobile device-free zone.

Looks can be deceiving

There are some visually gorgeous new alarm clocks out there on the market. They look like something that got beamed down from the future. While these aesthetics might be tempting, it’s a wise idea to give preference to function. Think about it. You’ll be asleep when the alarm goes off. Will you care all that much about how beautiful it looks?

Dial back the brightness

We already know that exposure to the light emitted from your mobile device can prevent a good night’s sleep. This type of light is common for many types of electronics. Bluish hues – especially bright displays – can interfere with a good night’s sleep. Look for alarm clock displays that emit red, orange, or amber light. It’s a warmer type of light that has been shown to be less disruptive.

The sound of morning

They don’t call them alarm clocks for nothing. It used to be that the only sound they made in the morning was something obnoxious – and it was because alarm clocks had only a single function. Wake Up!

Today’s alarm clocks give you plenty of sonic alternatives. Many people prefer to be gently awakened from sleep. If that fits your profile, look for alarms that can be programmed with a growing volume. Some of us need that slight annoyance to get us up and out of bed. Be sure your new selection is up for the task.

New tricks

The latest models on the market go beyond sound. Like your phone, these alarm clocks have vibration pads that can be slipped under your pillow to rouse you with a bit of head buzzing in the morning.

We are responsive to light even while sleeping. A growing number of alarm clocks use light to help us get up in the morning. The closer you get to wake-up time, the stronger the amount of light it emits.

No matter what we use as an alarm, it’s more important to have a reason to want to get up in the morning. If thinking about your PHCE job makes you just want to roll over and go back to sleep, it’s time to look at opportunities offered by companies affiliated with the Nexstar Network. Find out more.