good morning. every morning.

that’s the slogan of axbo, a unique alarm clock that sebastian told me about, several months ago. several months ago (minus a few days), i went and ordered one.

axbo sleep phase alarm clock
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axbo is a sleep phase alarm clock – it monitors your sleep stages and determines the best time to wake you up within a 30 minute time frame.
whenever one cycle of sleep stages is completed (takes about 90 minutes), there’s a short “nearly-awake” phase – this is when you turn around or pull that blanket up a little more.
this is also the best moment to wake up, because you’re sort of already awake, just not aware of it.

i often have trouble getting up in the morning, especially in winter. in the past few months, it’s been much easier.

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the supplied software even allows you to create graphs of your sleep activity.
here’s an example screenshot (the axes are movements per minute (vertical) and time (horizontal)):

axbo sleep phase diagram
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when i bought it, the cashier asked me what that was, and i explained it to her.

cashier: what’s that?
me: it’s an alarm clock that determines the best time to wake you up.
cashier: that sounds great, i want one of these! (moves the package across the barcode scanner, looks at the price, looks at me again)
cashier: (doublechecking) how much does it cost?
me: 200 euros.
cashier: oh, …i guess i’m not getting one too soon…

2 thoughts on “good morning. every morning.

  1. Hello…

    I have an aXbo, too. So I can understand why you spend 200 euros for an alarm clock ;-)… to feel like you have been woken up by yourself.

    Did you ever use the PowerNap function?

    I do power naps with the aXbo – from time to time when I am really down and not able to concentrate I do it at work as well. In my eyes it is really effective – above all for my boss because it improves the efficiency of my work. Hence, you shouldn’t fall into a deep sleep phase the aXbo wakes you up before that point. Also very useful before party nights…

  2. i do use the powernap feature from time to time, it comes in handy when i have to stay focussed for very long periods.
    at the time, i’m using the chillout program a lot: it plays relaxing rainforest- or sea-noises which fade out as soon as you’re asleep.

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