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The most pleasant way to have your sleep interrupted

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Sep 22, 2020
Invent on the spot a device/technique, that would wake you up in the morning in the most pleasant way possible.

How would it function?
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Tap into your addiction

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Sep 22, 2020
The device would tap into your addiction, whatever that is. For example, a machine could loudly start cooking your favorite coffee. The sound and smell would wake you up. How could you be mad at that?

Simulation of your favorite person

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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni Sep 23, 2020
Woken up by your favorite person may make your day. The voice and a visual image (and possible touch) can be recorded and presented to wake you up. I imagined the recorded message from Tony Stark for his daughter towards the end of Avengers: Endgame. The device can also have a database of all the famous personalities along with your personal (people in your life) list. You can choose to be woken up by a different person each day.

Temperature control

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Spook Louw
Spook Louw Apr 14, 2021
Our body naturally tries to control our temperature when we sleep, while we're sleeping our body temperature might decrease up to 2 degrees celsius and then slowly increase again as we wake up naturally.

There are beds with temperature control functions that simulate this process. They allow you to set timers throughout the night that help cool your body so you can get to sleep easier and then also warms you up so that you can wake up "naturally" feeling refreshed without the jolt of an alarm clock or the feeling that your sleep has been interrupted.

[1]https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/what-happens-body-during-sleep

[2]https://bedjet.com/

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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarnia month ago
Since we also have some contributions suggesting that pleasant dreams may help wake the person up pleasantly, here is a reference that addresses the effect of temperature on dreams. It is known that fever affects both sleep and dreams. Fever dreams are common and differ significantly from dreams in a healthy state in that they are more bizarre, more negatively toned, and include more references to health and temperature perception (for example, people ill with fever dream that they are feeling cold or warm, they are wearing warm clothes, or there was a cool breeze, etc.). About 10% of the fever dreams include references to temperature perception as compared to about 2% in the non-fever dreams. The probable reason is that the “over-heated” brains do not function properly and, therefore, the dreams are more bizarre.

However, the effects of thermal stimulation on dreams have not been studied. For example, studies using the application of thermal stimuli to the skin have not yet been performed. If it is found that heat stimuli are incorporated into dreams, the hypothesis that fever directly affects dreams via an increase in the body temperature would be supported. [1] A study using the kind of bed you Spook Louw are talking about can help such a study. Also, the results from the study will benefit the temperature control model and wake the person up pleasantly.

Reference:
1. Schredl M, Erlacher D. Fever Dreams: An Online Study. Front Psychol. 2020;11:53. Published 2020 Jan 28. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00053

A pleasant dream

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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni Sep 23, 2020
Have you ever experienced that a bad dream puts you off in the morning? The device would induce a pleasant dream and then wake you up making you happy. An example of such a dream is that you have accomplished something great - there is a party - all your favorite people are in the room - then you enter - everybody cheers - and then you wake up! The dreams can then be personalized and can be about the specific things that you have to do that day. For example, if you have a basketball match, you will be scoring a lot of 3-pointers in the dream. This will automatically ready your mind (fill it with positivity related to the game) the moment you wake up.
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Martina Pesce
Martina Pesce6 months ago
Lucid dreams can actually help that! A book [1] suggests that they can improve your mood in the morning and give a change to your day.

References:
1) Lucid Dreaming: A Concise Guide to Awakening in Your Dreams and in Your Life,
Stephen Laberge, 2008, ReadHowYouWant
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Manel Lladó Santaeularia
Manel Lladó Santaeulariaa month ago
Martina Pesce Maybe this recent discovery [1], which is very well summarized here [2], could relate to that. Researchers were able to communicate with a person while she was having a lucid dream and that partially influenced her dream. She was also able to communicate back. Potentially, a device that could achieve this communication with the person could affect your dreams so that you dream something nice and wake up better.

References:
1) https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0960982221000592
2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Av-zhlPE4HM&ab_channel=TheSheekeyScienceShow

Let the sunlight in

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Juran Sep 23, 2020
An alarm system, connected to the window shades/curtains, draws the curtains and brings the sunlight into your room a few minutes before you need to wake up. It could also be a part of a smart home gadget palette and coupled with a coffee machine and radio like mentioned above.

Seize the day type of motivational quotes spoken by people you respect

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Sep 23, 2020
Actual audio recordings of people you respect speaking the most energizing, motivational quotes to get you up and seize the day

music and touch

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Martina Pesce
Martina Pesce Nov 05, 2020
I believe the heaven-like waking up would occur with a background of chilled soft music (maybe a sweet solo guitar or solo piano) and a loving caress of a hand on the hair. Would also be great if during winter days this would be accompanied by been provided with slippers and a dressing gown as soon as you sit on your bed.

Waking up for an exciting reason

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Povilas S
Povilas S Nov 06, 2020
I don't know how to realize this in a technological or methodological sense apart from making your life very diverse and interesting. The nicest thing for me to wake up to would be if someone woke me up and told me we are going on an adventure. Even if it happened in the middle of the night I wouldn't mind at all. When you are doing something adventurous in the morning you are excited even before falling asleep and waiting for it. Sometimes it might be even hard to sleep in that case, but you definitely are looking forward to waking up in contrast to when you don't want to climb out of your bed. It doesn't have to be a trip obviously, different things will work for different people, but it has to be something that you feel highly motivated about.

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