When Cristina first told me about the Lark silent alarm, I was really excited to try it out. She knows that I have a ridiculously hard time waking up in the morning, and my husband hates that I hit the snooze button five or six times before actually getting out of bed.
The Lark uses vibration instead of sound to gently wake you up. For those concerned they might sleep through the vibrating, no worries – there’s a built-in audible alarm that goes off if you haven’t reset it after a couple minutes when it goes off. The Lark is designed to work with iPhones, iPods, and iPads. It charges both the alarm itself and your Apple device at the same time.
I think it’s cool that you can charge your device while you charge your Lark, but I think it’s a bit of a pain that you have to use a USB cord to connect the device, since the charger hookup is on the back of the charger (it’s not one where you just set your phone directly into the plug.)
The wristband is nice and soft, and relatively unobtrusive. Even though the Lark has a little bit of weight, I didn’t have any problems with it sliding around or coming off while I was sleeping. And I toss and turn. A lot.
Ok, now for the nitty gritty:
Did It Work?
Yes, it did work. I set a backup alarm in case it didn’t, but surprisingly enough, it did wake me up.
Do You Like It?
That’s a trickier question. I think with some improvements, this could be a great alarm system. There aren’t really any directions about using the Lark in the box. There are instructions on how to charge it and sync it to your phone, but that’s about it.
There’s also no snooze button on the device, so you have to use your phone to shut it off. To me, that wasn’t a huge deal, but it meant if I set my alarm for earlier than I needed to get up, I had to open my eyes to grab the phone and hit snooze. I would prefer a snooze button on the Lark unit so I don’t even need to open my eyes.
Who Is It Good For?
One thing that’s pretty cool is the Lark app that you can download free from the iTunes store. It helps you track your sleep patterns and offers a “sleep coaching” option (free for the first 7 days) to help you improve your rest.
If you’re looking for a silent alarm so you don’t wake others, this is a pretty cool option. Once you get past the learning curve (which took me about 3 days), it was very easy to use. I just started a 6am fitness bootcamp at the gym, and my husband is really happy that I’ll be using the Lark as my alarm instead of waking him up with my regular alarm going off 8 times before I finally get out of bed.
Jen is a boring business analyst by day, college student by night, and a rockstar mommy ’round the clock. When she’s not at work or chasing a toddler, you can find her blogging at Life With Levi or The Alpha Wife.