Admittedly, any product that promises to wake you up successfully can only be described as bittersweet.
But the Sleeptracker watch promises to wake you up at the optimal moment, by tracking your sleeping patterns and determining when you'd be most conducive to the idea of starting your day.
The product booklet comes with a daunting, science-textbook-worthy description of the various stages of sleep, but the set-up couldn't have been easier. You essentially decide the latest you want to be woken, how much earlier you would be willing to be woken, and the watch monitors and determines when it's best to beep.
The first day we tried it, the Sleeptracker woke us about five minutes after our earliest time. As much as our patterns told the watch we would enjoy waking, we overrode nature and went back to sleep. This pattern continued through the trial period. Our decrepit alarm clock did just as well in getting us out the door.
The watch is also aesthetically displeasing, so it never left our nightstand after it did its job. At $149, we require a pretty thing to brandish in front of friends, bragging about how our inanimate object "knows us."
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Available at Sleeptracker.com
Specs Snooze function, water resistant, one-year warranty, and standard watch functions