7 Ways Tech Can Help You Sleep (and Wake)

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7 Ways Tech Can Help You Sleep (and Wake)
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When your alarm goes off at 6 AM, it can feel like the worst thing ever. Luckily, there are new technologies that can help ease the pain each morning -- either through improving the quality of your sleep, or via inventive alarms that get you out of bed without hitting "snooze" over and over.

Clocky
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Clocky

Don't want to get out of bed when your alarm goes off? Too bad! Clocky is an alarm clock that runs away from you. When it's time to wake up, Clocky leaps off your nightstand and rolls away -- beeping all the while -- until you get out of bed and silence it.

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F.lux
f.lux

F.lux

Because computer screens emit a blue light that reduces the production of melatonin, staring at a screen in the evening is unnatural and can mess with your sleep cycle. F.lux remedies this problem with ease.This free app automatically adjusts the color of your computer's display in response to the time of day. Using F.lux, your screen appears warm at night and more like sunlight during the day, which is a boon for those prone to staring at a screen before bed.

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Philips Wake-Up Light
Philips

Philips Wake-Up Light

This alarm takes a natural and peaceful approach to waking; the Philips Wake-Up Light gradually rouses you up by mimicking the rising sun. Shortly before your programmed wake-up time, the light gently becomes brighter until it's time to get out of bed. The light also has a built-in clock radio for those who need something slightly more aggressive to help them greet the day.

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White Noise
WhiteNoise App

White Noise

This app helps you fall asleep -- and stay that way -- until your alarm goes off. With a sound catalog that includes Camp Fire, Cat Purring, Oscillating Fan and your garden-variety White Noise, this app helps you sleep by blocking distractions. With 40 looping sounds, the $1.99 app claims it can also reduce stress and soothe headaches.

Get White Noise via iTunes

UP by Jawbone
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UP by Jawbone

Jawbone's UP ($129.99) takes a holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle, so this gadget is equal parts sleep tracker, fitness tracker, and food tracker. UP is a wristband that's designed to be worn all day, every day, and which sends its data to an app on your PC or smartphone. You can view your stats and add information about your mood and what you've been eating. UP can give you insights to help improve your habits.

Learn more about the Jawbone UP

Wake N Shake
Wake N Shake

Wake N Shake

Wake N Shake's tagline perhaps tells it best: "No snooze button. No mercy." In order to silence the alarm, you have to shake your phone vigorously. A new feature allows you to compete with friends; you can earn points each morning based on how early you rise and how quickly you're able to silence the alarm.

Get Wake N Shake via iTunes

EasyWakeup
EasyWakeup

EasyWakeup

EasyWakeup's approach to waking is to disrupt sleep when it's most natural for your body. Before you go to bed, set a target time for waking up, choose the noise you want to hear, and place your iPhone somewhere near you on your mattress. While you sleep, the app monitors your movements and uses the data to wake you at the most optimal time in your sleep cycle. If it works as advertised, you shouldn't need to hit "snooze." ($4.99)

Get EasyWakeup via iTunes

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