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It may not be your favorite friend, but it always has to be the most reliable one, especially on a Monday morning. Without an alarm clock, the majority of us would rarely make it to work on time. Sadly, alarm clocks are an essential part of the daily routine.

So how do you go about choosing the right alarm clock? With so many brands, designs and sizes now available, it can be difficult to select the right one. Some people may prefer a traditional alarm, whilst others may look for a more technologically advanced design.

Read on for helpful advice about buying the right alarm clock.

The first important factor in choosing a clock is of course the alarm. Would you rather wake up to ambient, calming sounds or jump out of bed with a hyperactive buzzer or bell? Many of today's modern alarm clocks are efficient in that they allow you to dock your iPod and charge it at the same time, so waking up to your favorite tunes is an option. Others have a more basic function of a radio tuner, thus enabling you to wake up to the 7am news. Both options can be a pleasant and relaxing start to the day.

Alarm clocks are naturally designed with one key function. Many now also have additional features to improve either your day or your sleep. Those with iPod docks or CD players allow you to play your own choice of music at any time of day. In addition, many clocks have the function to not only display the time but also the full date. At night, some alarms now have a dimmed display, allowing your eyes to rest fully without a bright glow displaying the time. Others remain dark, only displaying or projecting the time onto a wall when a button is pressed, allowing you to get the most restful sleep possible.

The Lumie range of alarm clocks is especially designed to help you to wake naturally. The Lumie alarm clock gradually lightens, mimicking the effect of a sunrise. They aim to wake you in the most natural way possible, in response to the light which fills the room over a period of time. In so doing, your mood is lifted, your energy levels are increased and your productivity is improved for the rest of the day. If you work long hours, or you have a very early start, a Lumie clock might be the best bet as it will help you to wake up still feeling refreshed, rather than jarred.

The final aspect of choosing the perfect alarm clock is what style you would like to have. Would you rather have a retro design or a sleek, laser-cut clock? The d├ęcor of your bedroom should dictate the design of alarm clock you choose.

We hope that reading these tips has been useful for you in your search for an alarm clock. If all else fails, a bucket of iced water usually does the trick!

Published by: Karen Coutu

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