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Does Lark have an optimal wakeup feature?

Lark only wakes you at the time you set, but silently and with effective vibrations.
Lark will not wake you before your set alarm time (so you can maximize your sleep!).
If you want to read more about why we don't do optimal wakeup, check out our product's team post: http://support.lark.com/entries/21791477-update-from-project-management-optimal-wakeup
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    Rich Kuenstler

    Do you plan to have an optimal wake-up feature in the future?

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    Deanna Suarez

    I agree with Rich about the optimal wake-up feature. I chose Lark thinking it had all of the important features rolled into one product (i.e. Silent alarm, sleep tracking/data, and the ability to wake you up during your lightest sleep stage). I was disappointed to find this was not the case. I would rather wake up at the "right time" and feel less groggy then get 20 extra minutes. I may be wrong, but it seems this would be an easy addition to the app as the Lark is already sensing your sleep cycle. All one would need is to enter a range of time when setting the alarm. Please let me know if this is in the works. If not, i may have to make a switch to another product. Thanks!

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    Rhawnie

    Hi there! 

    LARK wakes you up at the time that you set, but more gently and naturally. We have purposely designed LARK to not to wake our users up prior to their chosen alarm for 2 main reasons. First, waking someone up "optimally" so to reduce morning grogginess requires accurate detection of sleep stages. Any wrist device, which uses actigraphy to keep track of your sleep patterns, cannot do this well - this means it will not be very successful in gauging your sleep cycle and will often fail. This can tend to make you feel more tired, and can often lead to not starting your day off in the great way that LARK wants to encourage!

    Second, based on our user testing and feedback, if someone hasn't gotten enough sleep but their alarm wakes them before they need to get up, most will just go right back to sleep. This defeats the purpose of an "optimal" alarm and will further fragment their sleep. Here at LARK, we want people to get more sleep - even 20 minutes more every morning can add up!

    Our design team is currently investigating ways to help implement an optimal wake-up feature that will actually work well utilizing actigraphy technology - you can always learn more on what the LARK team is up to by subscribing to our newsletter online at http://store.lark.com.

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    Richard Kuenstler

    If the device is not effective at tracking sleep phases using actigraphy, why would I purchase it to begin with. Wouldn't that make it ineffective as a sleep coach???

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    Rhawnie

    Hi Richard! 

    Actigraphy is used to measure rest/active phases of sleep, not REM cycles. Think of it as a way to tell when you are sleeping vs waking, as opposed to what phase of sleep you are actually in. The traditional approach to sleep research is called  polysomnography - that's what happens when you go in for a sleep study through your doctor, and often includes lots of wires, a different location than your usual bed, and often times can cost a lot of money. Actigraphy, on the other hand, uses an accelerometer to measure micro movements that are surprisingly accurate in correlating to the types of data that a traditional sleep study can give. LARK takes this data related to your micro-movements and lets you know when you are sleeping, when you are near sleep, and when you are active or awake, and utilizes that data to create your personalized sleep coaching tips. Make sense? 

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    Richard Kuenstler

    If actigraphy is "surprisingly accurate in correlating to the types of data that a traditional sleep study can give" and it can tell when you are "sleeping vs. waking", it seems as though it has enough info to do an optimal alarm. The Axbo alarm clock uses the same technology at also has the optimal alarm.

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    Rhawnie

    Hi Richard! As I mentioned earlier in this thread, the optimal alarm feature is something that our design and engineering team is looking into implementing as we speak. I don't yet have an ETA on this functionality, though - the newsletter is probably the best way to keep abreast of new developments from our team. You can also follow us on facebook for regular news from LARK.

     Thanks, and have a happy and safe new year!  

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    Richard Kuenstler

    Thanks!

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    Jonah Lopin

    I would love to see the optimal wakeup feature as well. +1.

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    Rhawnie

    Hi all! There is currently an Optimal Wakeup request thread at :  http://support.lark.com/entries/20508666-wake-during-lightest-phase-of-sleep. Please feel free to comment there to add your support for this feature! 

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