Wake up to (fake) sunlight and birdsong with the sonoroCD 2

It’s a bedside CD player engineered to gently banish slumber and ward off winter blues

Alarm clock radios? No thanks, it’s not the 1990s anymore.

Pfft. This ain’t your average beside music box; the sonoroCD 2’s method of rousing you from your slumber is a bit more refined than “blast Chris Evans into your ears from six inches away”.

Go on then, tell me…

The CD player links up wirelessly with the sonoroLIGHT, a dimmer module that plugs into a power socket and any standard lamp (as long as it has a dimmable bulb). So in the run-up to your alarm sounding, your bedside lamp will gradually get brighter, simulating a real-life sunrise.

To further add to the effect, the player can pump out a smattering of birdsong or a selected tune. Like dedicated wake-up lights, the idea is to coax from the Land of Nod gradually, rather than rip out right out of a deep sleep. Supposedly, you’ll feel more energised and ready to tackle the day this way.

So it’s just about getting me out of bed?

No, the player/dimmer combo has a few other tricks up its sleeves: you can control lamp brightness via the player’s remote control or fascia, and the player itself comes pre-programmed with a bunch of meditation and relaxation sounds to help you chill out after a long day at the coalface.

And how much is this stress-busting going to cost me?

The sonoroCD 2 is out now, priced at around £350, while the sonoroLIGHT will arrive this winter, priced at £39. Take a closer look on sonoro's website.