sleeping woman

image courtesy of Life Magazine | photograph by Nina Leen

I have embraced various digital innovations for years.  Many of them have given me instant access to information, communication with my favorite people, and tools that make me more efficient.  

And many of them conspire to bring my phone into my bedroom at night.  My phone contains my alarm, my sleep meditation, my clock, and sometimes my book.  It sits like an attractive nuisance on my dresser top, waiting for me to check it when I wake up in the night.  And I do.  Sometimes I stay up for a bit and scroll or text with people in different time zones or friends who are also up in the middle of the night.  Not good.  I know. 

So I’ve decided it’s time to go back in time and re-introduce some analog tools back into my life, starting with an alarm clock.  But of course, alarm clocks have changed dramatically since I last bought one from Restoration Hardware in the early 2000s.  Tempted by the many digital ads for the Hatch Restore alarm clock, I decided to give it a whirl.  

The first step was to banish the phone from the bedroom.  In the two weeks since I’ve bought my alarm clock, my phone has spent the nights on a charging pad in the kitchen.  It’s a bit of a challenge to check out when I go to bed, as I’ve got family members in different time zones and a daughter currently studying in Barcelona.  I woke up one morning to find a heated and lengthy group chat about college football that unfolded while I was off the grid for the night.  I didn’t have much to add, but I definitely felt out of the loop.  

I’ve never slept better, though.  My new alarm clock has a light that gently dims like a sunset, a sleep meditation and some white noise that’s quite nice.  If I wake up in the night I check the clock and go back to my slumber.  The alarm clock wakes me up with the reverse - a light that gently brightens like a sunrise, and if that doesn’t do the trick it begins to softly play some nice music.   I wake up feeling calm and rested.  

This exercise makes me wonder - where else am I letting technology take the reins where an analog solution might be better? It also gives me a reason to dream about buying myself a Louise Carmen Pocket Heritage Notebook.

January 06, 2024 — Laurie Furber
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