Shock, vibrate or slowly wake: Can a wearable make you a morning person?
There are many, many devices on the market that claim to help you get a better night’s sleep. Depending on the product, this is mostly achieved by hooking sensors up to you or your bed. These sensors track your movements during sleep then present the data to you so you can adjust your behaviour accordingly if you spent the whole night rolling around or getting up to pee.
The aspect we’re interested in here though is less about how tech aims to get a handle on the quality of your zzz’s, and more about how it aims to wake you up once you’re done.
Last month I wrote up a review of Pavlok, a wearable that delivers a mild electrical ‘zap’ to your arm to effectively train you to give up your bad habits over time. But the team has developed another device called the Wake Up Trainer that does essentially the same thing, but is geared towards helping you get your lazy ass out of bed.
Sure, this concept isn’t really new. We’ve seen plenty of tech over the past few years that tried to make a play for your alarm clock. Some of the most popular devices have incorporated smart or vibrating alarms, which slowly vibrate you out of bed rather than wake you up with a loud alarm. There are also many wearables and apps built on the premise that they can track your sleep cycle and wake you up at the optimal point.
But all of this talk about waking up got us wondering just how important the way you wake up really is to the quality of your sleep beforehand and your mood afterwards. From there we’re interested in how wearable tech can make this process even nicer or if we can ‘game’ it and use wearables to supercharge our morning routines instead.