Perfect For: The Night Owl
If your morning mood would terrify even Medusa, it’s best to emerge from your slumber gradually. This light/radio alarm doubles as a soft-light lamp that creates a virtual sunrise, slowly illuminating your dungeon a half-hour before the buzzer. Choose preset chimes (birds chirping, waves crashing) to further disarm your inner a.m. dragon.
Gear4 Renew SleepClock, $200, gear4.com
Perfect For: The Super Stressed
Not clocking quality shut-eye seriously ups your risk of a heart attack—and not the forlorn feelings Trey Songz claims. Start keeping tabs on your Z’s with the Gear4, which measures snooze patterns by tracking breathing and length of rest. Download the app to your iPhone, dock it, and when you wake, you’ll have data on your nocturnal habits.
Tivio Audio Model Three Clock Radio, $299, tivio.com
Perfect For: The Style Maven
Leave the glossy, black plastic to your smartphone and step up the swerve in your sleep chamber with this reboot of the retro real-wood bedside Big Ben. Available in cherry, ash and walnut, with AM/FM and an mp3 dock, it’s another morning wood you’ll welcome.
Braun Global Radio Controlled Alarm Clock, $100, braun-clocks.com
Perfect For: The Jetsetter
Does your passport ink look like Weezy’s torso? Support your worldly whims with this iPhone-sized grab-and-go alarm clock. Battery powered, with an LCD digital display, the Braun automatically changes to local time no matter what zone you’re dozing in.
Clocky Robot Alarm Clock, $50, robotshop.com
Perfect For: The Perpetually Late
If you’re a snooze-button junky with trouble rising, this indestructible robot alarm will not only force you to get up, but make you do some soul searching. Rimmed with rubber wheels, Clocky jumps off your nightstand and rolls to hiding places, beeping and buzzing till you flip the switch. Just don’t spend too much time playing Columbo.