We all know that waking up to an alarm clock is pretty much the worst way possible to get up in the morning, although arguably the most efficient.
The iOS and Android app Beditations kind of turns the idea of how we go to sleep and how we wake up on its head, offering guided meditations not only to put you to sleep at night, but also morning meditations to wake you up in place of a traditional alarm clock.
At night, you select a soothing background soundscape to help lull you to snooze land and a wake time along with a meditation you’d like to start the day with.
Come morning time, the meditation you selected will “gently draw you out of sleep”
The app comes with a handful of free options, as well as a few paid choices if you decide this is for you and want to change things up.
It’s an interesting idea. While waking up to a meditation is considerably less abrasive than a blaring alarm, it can also be a bit odd to wake up to the voice of someone guiding you through a meditation. I definitely found the first few a bit jarring, but afterward really appreciated the slow wakeup rather than being startled awake.
If you do decide to give it a try, I’d recommend making those first few tries weekend days where you don’t necessarily need to get out of bed by a certain hour. If you do have a definite wakeup time in mind, a second alarm also wouldn’t be the worst idea for the first few days