In some welcome news, a new iPhone add-on that has been developed can wake its owner up silently, monitor sleep behaviour, and even help get more shut-eye.
The add-on, known as Lark, works in tandem with the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, though the Palo Alto, Calif., start-up behind Lark is planning to bring out an Android version relatively soon, ABC News reported.
Lark, which consists of a wristband and sensor that communicates with the iPhone, is very easy to use and set up.
After charging it in its docking cradle, you can use the dock to keep your iOS device charged, and you can set an alarm using the Lark app.
Before bedtime, the band can be placed around the wrist, securing it with Velcro.
From then on Lark monitors your sleep behaviour, telling you how long it took you to fall asleep, how many times during the night you woke up, and when you woke up for good.
Lark was developed with a Harvard sleep expert and a sleep coach who trains professional athletes.
When it is time to wake up, the wristband vibrates at the set alarm time. The iPhone screen displays a digital clock and functions as a giant snooze button. There's a musical backup if the silent alarm fails to wake you.
Lark's real potential comes in its coaching phase, using your sleep stats to come up with strategies for getting you more and consistent sleep. Unfortunately, coaching is part of a premium offering.
So while you pay 129 dollars for the silent alarm/wristband, you must pay 189 dollars for the Pro version that includes a seven-day assessment and "sleep coach" app.