How To Turn Your Bedroom Into A Gentle Alarm Clock

Lourdes Avila Uribe
·4-min read

The colder it gets, the harder it is to drag ourselves out of bed each morning — it's a brutal awakening each and every time! When it’s cold and dreary out, the last thing anyone wants is to take one step outside of the cozy comfort of bed. A cursory glance about the internet makes it quite clear that there are a whole lot of resources for sleep aids, but precious little information on how to wake up gently and peacefully. But contrary to popular belief, it is actually possible to make the early morning routine a little less harrowing.

You can actually look forward to waking up every morning by simply transforming your bedroom into a functional morning haven. There’s no need to be thrust into the cold, harsh reality of day when there are so many goodies out there to softly guide your re-entry into the waking world. We’ve put together a list of everything you need to start your day on the right foot — it’s time to literally rise and shine!

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<h3><a href="https://fave.co/2TM2Gn9" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Bedside Carafe + Glass Set" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Bedside Carafe + Glass Set</a></h3><br>Waking up parched makes for a deeply unpleasant early morning experience, so having a chic carafe and glass ready to go on your nightstand means you won’t have to bolt out of bed to quench your thirst.<br><br><strong>West Elm</strong> Bedside Carafe & Glass Set, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffave.co%2F2TM2Gn9" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:West Elm" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">West Elm</a>

Bedside Carafe + Glass Set


Waking up parched makes for a deeply unpleasant early morning experience, so having a chic carafe and glass ready to go on your nightstand means you won’t have to bolt out of bed to quench your thirst.

West Elm Bedside Carafe & Glass Set, $, available at West Elm
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Vitruvi Stone Essential Oil Diffuser


Load up this essential oil diffuser with bright, energizing oil scents like citrus, peppermint, or rosemary to put a little spring in your step and awaken the senses.



Vitruvi Stone Diffuser, $, available at Vitruvi
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Poppy & Someday Ginger Tincture


Ginger is known to warm the body, invigorate digestion, and offer a host of other benefits (at least say believers in homeopathic remedies, not the FDA). This tincture, handmade in Laurel Canyon is filled with dried ginger and organic alcohol. While it's not enough to get you buzzed (think mouth wash), it will give you a little natural zing in the morning and is the perfect little potion to keep bedside.

Poppy & Someday Ginger Tincture, $, available at Verishop
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nuLoom Venice Morracon Rug


Instead of stepping onto your cold floors first thing in the morning, add a soft, plush rug to your bedside for a much more pleasant experience.



nuLOOM Venice Moroccan Shag Rug, $, available at Amazon
<h3><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Ecobee3-Thermostat-Wi-Fi-Works-Alexa/dp/B01K48T09Y" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ecobee Smart Thermostat" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ecobee Smart Thermostat</a></h3><br>Is there anything more brutal than waking up to a freezing cold bedroom? A Smart Thermostat makes sure your room is at a comfortable temperature upon your waking hour, making it much easier to slide out of bed. <br><br><br><br><strong>Ecobee</strong> Smart Thermostat, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Ecobee3-Thermostat-Wi-Fi-Works-Alexa/dp/B01K48T09Y" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Ecobee Smart Thermostat


Is there anything more brutal than waking up to a freezing cold bedroom? A Smart Thermostat makes sure your room is at a comfortable temperature upon your waking hour, making it much easier to slide out of bed.



Ecobee Smart Thermostat, $, available at Amazon
<h3><a href="https://www.amazon.com/LBell-Colored-Simulation-Bedrooms-LB01-Sunrise/dp/B07L87MH64/ref=sr_1_4" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:LBell Sunrise Simulation Alarm" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">LBell Sunrise Simulation Alarm </a></h3><br>Chances are you’ve seen these sunrise simulator alarms before, and with good reason. This popular lamp mimics the gentle rising of the sun, allowing your body to slowly adjust to daylight as opposed to the abrupt screeching of a traditional alarm clock.<br><br><strong>LBell</strong> Wake- Up Light Alarm Clock, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/2HWcl8k" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

LBell Sunrise Simulation Alarm


Chances are you’ve seen these sunrise simulator alarms before, and with good reason. This popular lamp mimics the gentle rising of the sun, allowing your body to slowly adjust to daylight as opposed to the abrupt screeching of a traditional alarm clock.

LBell Wake- Up Light Alarm Clock, $, available at Amazon
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Palma Fringe Light Blocking Window Curtain


Blackout curtains are a dream come true when you want to sleep until noon but aren’t exactly conducive to waking up bright and early. A gauzy curtain in a peachy pink or bronze shade will gently let light in without feeling like you’re being attacked by the sun, and as a bonus looks absolutely adorable.

Urban Outfitters Palma Fringe Light Blocking Window Curtain, $, available at Urban Outfitters
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Nomasei Hotel Des Alpes Mule


Get a bit more excited to step out of bed in the morning by investing in some comfy and durable house slippers. These sherpa-lined mules will get you from bed to the bathroom to your WFH desk in style.

Nomasei Hotel des Alpes Mule, $, available at Nomasei
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Day's Last Light Room Spray


Hit your bedroom with a revitalizing mister first thing in the morning and carry that fresh energy with you for the rest of the day.

Anthropologie Day's Last Light Room Spray, $, available at Anthropologie
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Alarm Clock + Charging Station


Get an alarm clock radio that can do it at all — charge your iPhone & Apple Watch — and then put it somewhere out of arm's reach. This way, you're not tempted to glance over in the middle of the night and you need to rise up to turn it off in the morning.

iHome Wireless Charging Alarm Clock, $, available at Target
<h3>Marshall Portable Bluetooth Speaker</h3><br><br>This sweet bluetooth speaker can play whatever your heart desires first thing in the morning, whether it’s NPR or some quiet piano music. And, you can bring it around the house with you as you get ready.<br><br><strong>Marshall</strong> Portable Bluetooth Speaker, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.verishop.com%2Fmarshall%2Fspeakers%2Fstockwell-ii-bluetooth-portable-speaker%2Fp4163173449751" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Verishop" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Verishop</a>

Marshall Portable Bluetooth Speaker



This sweet bluetooth speaker can play whatever your heart desires first thing in the morning, whether it’s NPR or some quiet piano music. And, you can bring it around the house with you as you get ready.

Marshall Portable Bluetooth Speaker, $, available at Verishop

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