Best Types of Alarm Clocks

By Jane Olcott , last updated February 9, 2011

An alarm clock is often the first thing you see and hear in the morning. It sets the tone and time for your entire day and so finding the best one for you is important. Given the importance of an alarm clock to starting your day, you will want to choose the best type of alarm clock possible. Whether you are a light sleeper or can sleep through anything, there is an alarm clock out there that will best fit your needs and sleep habits.

Digital Alarm Clocks

If you are a hard sleeper on a tight budget, then a digital alarm clock may be the best choice for your bedroom. Digital alarms are affordable, and range in price from about $5 to $30. Digital alarm clocks have large numbers that can easily be read day or night. To make things even simpler, the alarm on a digital clock is usually set to a loud pitch that cannot be adjusted. The controls on a digital alarm clock are fairly straightforward and they are easy to turn off and on. If you are a heavy sleeper that needs a simple, loud alarm to start their day, then a digital alarm clock is the best choice.

Music Alarm Clocks

Music alarm clocks can use a radio, CD player or MP3 player to wake you to music in the morning. Music alarm clocks give you more control over the volume and type of music you will be use as your alarm. You can program the clock to use a specific song to raise you from your slumber. More complex music alarm clocks allow you to set different songs for your snooze functions, and they can also provide you with a range of ambient sounds and chimes. If you are a light sleeper that likes to be eased into waking, then a music alarm clock may be the best choice.

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