Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Is scent the secret to waking up peacefully? The clever alarm clock that emits the smell of hot croissants, coffee and the sea

ThinkstockPhotos-471145414.jpg

How many times did you hit snooze this morning? We average about three times when our alarm goes off. But maybe the sound of a buzzer is not the right way to wake up. Maybe what we need is smell.

A brilliant new alarm clock hopes to make the waking up process gentler and less intrusive by swapping sound for pleasant scents from hot croissants to coffee.

SensorWake designed by French entrepreneur Guillaume Rolland is designed to trigger our olfactory systems (our sense of smell) that can help to start our day in a more pleasant way. 

Studies have shown that scent can help change our moods, for example, orange reduces feelings of anxiety and peppermint is an energiser.

The new fragrance-emitting clock comes with a variety of aromatic cartridges to choose from, including the sea side, freshly cut grass and even the smell of money, called the ‘US Dollar’ scent. Other more generic flavours include fig, peach and rose.

Clock

Once you pop one of your desired cartridges into SensorWake and set your wake-up time, the scent will release into room for up to 10 minutes.

The clock will launch on Kickstarter this month and you can sign up for further updates on the release date at sensorwake.com.

In the meantime, why not add a few of the scents below to your morning routine, which are proven give you a boost at the start of the day: 

Jasmine - If you smell jasmine while sleeping, it's said to boost your mental performance the next day and make you feel less anxious when you wake up.

Citrus - The American National Sleep Foundation says the scent of lemons, oranges and grapefruits "can boost your body’s production of serotonin, a hormone that makes you feel happy. They also reduce levels of the stress hormone norepinephrine, so you’ll wake up but still feel calm".

Peppermint - In addition to its soothing and aromatic qualities, peppermint is said to make you more alert and focused on tasks that require sustained attention. Stock up on peppermint tea.

Rosemary - The herb has proven to boost performance, where a team of researchers at Northumbria University found that those with rosemary oil aroma in their bloodstream showed more speed and accuracy on tests. Top your hot breakfast or toast with a few sprigs. can help boost your performance, where 

Images: Thinkstock, sensorwake.com

Related

skin hero.jpg

New study reveals shocking impact of getting 6 hours sleep

ThinkstockPhotos-175224877.jpg

The alarm clock that will banish morning couple rows forever more

Tired HERO.jpg

How to banish tired looking skin and maintain a dewy complexion

woman waking up.jpg

Nine simple ways to ease the pain of waking up early

morning-hero.jpg

10 ways to make your morning routine less stressful and more productive

rexfeatures_2683969a.jpg

Study reveals that going to bed later causes you to worry more

Comments

More

This new DIY divorce app vows to help you to ‘consciously uncouple’

Because there really is an app for everything nowadays

by Kayleigh Dray
18 Jan 2017

Rachel Court wants employers to watch for these abuse warning signs

A woman who survived being shot by her husband has shared a letter from her old boss, revealing the extent to which her partner controlled her life for years

by Kayleigh Dray
18 Jan 2017

Hidden and pop-up home office inspiration for any living space

You don't need a whole spare room to build your dream workspace

by Amy Swales
18 Jan 2017

These are the 7 best-rated pizza restaurants in the UK

We scoured TripAdvisor, so you don’t have to.

by Moya Crockett
18 Jan 2017

Teenage girls are being targeted as the next generation of UK spies

Social media-savvy? You might have what it takes to be a secret agent.

by Moya Crockett
18 Jan 2017

Amazing new video confirms all Pixar films are set in same universe

It's official, Disney says so

by Kayleigh Dray
18 Jan 2017

The 15 key life lessons we learned from Sabrina the Teenage Witch

From tackling addictions to unleashing our inner witch

by Kayleigh Dray
17 Jan 2017

March for a more equal world

Your essential guide to making your voice heard this Saturday

by The Stylist web team
17 Jan 2017

Everything you need to know about the Women’s March on London

From where to meet to what to wear.

by Moya Crockett
17 Jan 2017

Gossiping is good for you, study suggests

We knew it.

by Sarah Biddlecombe
17 Jan 2017