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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Beddi Glow Alarm Clock

When an alarm clock goes off, many people are tempted to hit the snooze button. The Beddi Glow Alarm Clock not only helps you sleep, but plays music, has phone chargers, and more. You’re not going to want to hit the snooze button anymore. The Beddi Glow is has features like a white noise, which drowns out background noise and helps you sleep. It also wakes you up without noise like a typical alarm clock, but it wakes you up with a light that progressively gets brighter, like the sun. This method of waking up helps you wake up feeling more rested, and more energized. Instead of jolting up at a noise you grew to hate, imagine waking up to a peaceful light. The official website says, "BEDDI Glow is the BEST wake up light alarm clock. You can wake up naturally with sunrise simulated wake up light every morning, along with your favorite music from Spotify, Apple Music, or other music players. You can also sleep well every night with soothing white noise while your phone and tablet are charging. " (https://www.wittidesign.com/collections/all/products/beddi-glow)
The Beddi Glow was invented by the company Witti, which specializes in inventions designed to help you sleep. The CEO of the company is Alfred Wong. Witti Designs headquarters are based in Torrance, California. I haven't found a definite time, but the Beddi Glow came out sometime in 2016. The Beddi Glow was needed because it helps people be less groggy, and function better in the morning and set you up for the day. Its other features like the charging ports and music help to simplify life.



I believe the motivation for this alarm clock was simply to help people sleep, because only 4% of Americans get good night's sleep. The white noise feature is vital to helping improve sleep, because it drowns out distracting noises. It is so important to get sleep because it helps you perform better. One source says,  "If you feel yourself nodding off during a meeting today, rest assured that you're not the only one. Nearly one in five Americans who participated in a recent study reported falling asleep or being drowsy in situations that required a high level of concentration, such as during meetings or conversation And excessive sleepiness is more common in the U.S. than in Europe, the study found. This raises concerns for public health and safety, according to research that will be presented today at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC in San Antonio, Texas."(https://www.livescience.com/6545-americans-sleepier-europeans.html) Sleep deprivation is a serious thing, and the Beddi Glow not only helps you fall asleep, but helps you wake up. Waking up 'on the right side of bed' determines your mood for the rest of the day.One study says, "
We found that CSRs varied from day to day in their start-of-day mood, but that those who started out each day happy or calm usually stayed that way throughout the day, and interacting with customers tended to further enhance their mood. By contrast, for the most part, people who started the day in a terrible mood didn’t really climb out of it, and felt even worse by the end of the day — even after interacting with positive customers." (https://hbr.org/2016/07/how-your-morning-mood-affects-your-whole-workday)  Therefore, the motivation for this innovation was to improve both sides of sleep- going to bed and waking up.

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I think that the Beddi Glow alarm clock, AND all the other alarm clocks out there will together be very important to, and change the global community. Sleep is like a snowball effect. It may seem weird to say that sleep changes the world, but it does in a way. Sleep affects how we start our day, and how much we get done. If the whole world was able to change their sleeping habits, we would be a much more productive species and advance quicker. Not to mention we would be in better moods. A study has shown that, "Sleep-deprived workers may not know they are impaired. “The periods of apparently normal functioning could give a false sense of competency and security when, in fact, the brain’s inconsistency could have dire consequences,”  This is only one of the effects of bad sleep. There are also health issues that can come from sleep deprivation. 95% of the world has health issues, and although only a part of it is sleep related, that number would definitely go down if we all were to get good sleep. "In the long term, poor sleep hygiene has been shown to negatively impact "the heart, lungs and kidneys; appetite, metabolism and weight control; immune function and disease resistance; sensitivity to pain; reaction time; mood; and brain function." It is a risk factor for depression and substance abuse, and has been linked to an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and certain forms of cancer." (https://io9.gizmodo.com/can-you-die-from-sleep-deprivation-1684235719) Typically when you're sick, your parents would tell you to go to sleep, or take a nap. This is important, because sleep helps you heal.

Lastly, the Beddi Glow will have a positive impact on the world. Better sleep will give an overall boost to everything we do. "According to a new study looking at sleep problems in Luxembourg as compared to the rest of the world, insomnia, nightmares and restlessness are a global problem. And though this latest study was aimed at showing how well (or not) the people of Luxembourg sleep, its findings are telling: A whopping 75 percent of Luxembourgers claim to suffer from insomnia due to work anxiety. But the worldwide average? It’s 85 percent. That’s breathtaking!"(https://blogs.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/2010/10/sleep-deprivation-around-the-world.html) The Beddi  Glow will improve this, and more. You may say that white noises are nothing new, but Beddi Glow is a smart tool that combines the fairly new light alarm technology and a white noise. "What have been studied, he says, are dawn-simulating alarm clocks that gently brighten the bedroom as wake time approaches. In a small 2003 study, a team of UK researchers noted that the use of these lamps increased cortisol levels in the morning. This reaction in the body is what’s called the awakening cortisol response, and it “prepares our brain and body for the stressors of the day,” says Decker. Although the lamps deal in light rather than sound, this suggests that “sensory input does create a physiologic response,” he says." (https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/05/best-worst-alarm-sound-morning_n_5759706.html)
This proves that these types of alarms have a positive effect on sleep and waking up. Like mentioned before, if everyone were to use it, it would snowball effect into change the lives of millions.

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The original clock was invented during the Renaissance. It has definitely changed throughout time, but its effects on the world is still the same. The Beddi Glow clock not only helps you sleep, but it improves efficiency throughout the day. It helps wake you up and be more productive. Though this did not exactly happen in the Renaissance, the invention of the mechanical clock improves time management. It helped people spend their time more wisely and be more efficient. See the similarities? Though there is no evidence on it, it can be assumed that the invention of the mechanical clock also helped with sleep because people could tell the time more accurately and figure out a good time to go to bed, sleep and wake up.






                               “Beddi Glow.” Witti Designs, www.wittidesign.com/products/beddi-glow.

                              Rau, Bill. “Renaissance Clock.” Artfix, www.artfixdaily.com/images/cache/30-1663_3.jpg

Almendrala, Anna. “More Than A Third Of Americans Don't Get Enough Sleep.” The Huffington Post, TheHuffingtonPost.com, 19 Feb. 2016, www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/americans-arent-getting-enough-sleep_us_56c61306e4b0b40245c9687b.

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5 comments:

  1. I love this pictures! How many people a day are late to work because of sleep, and how does this affect there job (do they get fired easier)?

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    1. Up to 20% of people are consistently late to work, and I'd imagine a large portion of that is because of oversleeping. This oversleeping affects their job because they will have to catch up because of missing work, but also their brains won't function as well, and they won't perform their job as well, and that can lead to getting fired.

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  2. I like how you mentioned how sleep can be a snowball effect. Can you describe in more detail how this builds up?

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    1. This is a great question Diana. By not getting sleep, it affects your whole life. This can snowball, like you mentioned. I have seen this in my peers. Those who don't sleep, perform worse in school, get lower grades, and this can snowball into dropping out, not going to college, and not having a great life. So getting a good night sleep can prevent this spiraling out of control.

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