With the overwhelming number of studies reporting on the negative effects technological devices have on our sleep, it has been an uphill battle in removing said blue-light devices from the bedroom. For those whose lives heavily rely on their smartphones (personally speaking here) taking a break from them can be quite the challenge—especially when it comes to bedtime.
It’s a practice readily recommended by most wellness and sleep experts but what happens when they double as our alarm clocks? While keeping them on the other end of a room may seem like a great idea, practically speaking, no one wants to make their way across their room mid-slumber, just to turn it off.
Luckily, we can throw it back to the good old days, where alarms came in the form of a compact clock, with a single element of functionality: to wake us up. In this vein, we set out to uncover the most style-focused options on the market, which are just as reliable as your smartphone. Take a look.
Echo – Charlie Bell, Newgate, $30.63
Aside from the absolutely dreamy color palette (dubbed “Marshmallow Pink”), this vintage-esque alarm clock is one we can definitely see us having on our nightstands. Featuring a modern graphic dial, it also boasts a reduced ticking noise—and we can definitely get behind that.
Travel Alarm Clock in Black, Braun, $50
Just because you’re on the road doesn’t mean you should forgo your newfound habit of banishing your smartphone from the bedroom. This travel-friendly alarm clock is about as compact as they come and even features a flip-down lid with a handy timezone map. With a motion-activated snooze function and crescendo alarm, this one is about as trusty as they come.
Victrola Retro Chrome Digital Alarm Clock, Urban Outfitters, $38
Not ready to go completely analog? This chrome-finish alarm is just the thing. The plug-in clock boasts a retro-inspired finish that is coupled with a digital display to help bridge the gap between the old and the new.
Braun Analog Alarm Clock, MoMA, $40
Featuring a spring switch, located at the top of the clock, utilized to activate the light and snooze function, this streamlined alarm is all about combining form and function.
Arne Jacobsen Alarm Clock, Schoolhouse Electric, $129
Designed by Danish architect Arne Jacobsen, this luxe alarm features a modern palette married with traditional design, which results in a timeless finish. Its old-school bell alarm is complemented by an LED touch sensor, which allows for visibility in the nighttime.
HK Clock with Alarm, Georg Jensen, $145
Contemporary minimalism is at the core of the design of this sleek piece, which is decidedly just as practical as it is luxurious. Boasting Henning Koppel’s ingenious design, its a welcome departure from the classic alternative.
Cubic Alarm Table Clock, CB2, $39.95
This one’s all about the details with a hint of vintage charm. Brass hands coupled with a gray-and-black cube design earmark this alarm as a must-have for the mid-century modern-enthusiast.
Analog Wooden Clock Alarm, eBay, $20.40
Streamlined, minimalist, and beautifully understated, we love this one for both its compactness and chic wooden frame. The added bonus? It’s also ultra travel-friendly.
Equity by La Crosse Electric Analog Alarm Clock, Houzz, $12.99
If simplicity is the name of your game, look no further than this analog alarm. With glowing hands, for easy, nighttime visibility, and a loud beep in place of the alarm, this one is all about the less-is-more.
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