Lark Un-Alarm Clock Lightning Review: The Person You're Sleeping With Will Hate You Less

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My iPhone's alarm—the Pirates of the Caribbean theme song—wakes up my girlfriend every morning (sorry honey!). Lark is a wristband alarm clock that won't. It shakes your wrist so you're the only one torn from sweet slumber.


I'm not sure if I hate anything more than alarms. But I don't hate Lark! It's a lot gentler. That slow buzz, which is less violent than your normal smartphone, gives you a much smoother rise, like being cooed and massaged versus being yelled at. (The vibration constantly changes so your body never gets used to it.) The real magic of Lark though? The stats. You can see your sleep quality rating, how long you slept, how many times you woke up and more. For numbers obsessed people who wish there were statistics to everything in life, this is absolutely awesome.


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Wearing a wristband the size of an oversized watch to sleep takes some getting used to. For the first few days, my wrist felt weighed down by handcuffs made out of a black hole, but it's hardly noticeable now. (A smaller version still wouldn't hurt.) The stupid indicator light stays on throughout the night for some reason. The stats, which are awesome, could be more informative but that would require different technology. The wristband itself is dumber than you'd like: Everything is controlled app side. And as nice as vibrations are, I didn't always wake up right away. There's a backup audio alarm, but that totally kills the point.

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If you're super interested in keeping track of your sleep stats and want to be considerate to your bed partner, Lark definitely delivers.


Lark Un-Alarm Clock
Price: $130

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Observations: It looks to have a velcro closure which will be terribly tangled in my hair by morning, tearing it out by the roots. (Not the best way to start the day.) I fear the vibrations would not wake me up, but, they might make me dream I had my hand in an earthquake zone. It has no snooze? I like that blessed 7 minutes of joyous "back to sleep" time and would miss it a lot.