Boulder, Colorado—an innovative company has taken one of life's most unpleasant experiences (being startled awake by your alarm clock early Monday morning), and transformed it into something to actually look forward to. "The Zen Alarm Clock," uses soothing acoustic chimes that awaken users gently and gradually, making waking up a real pleasure.  Rather than an artificial recorded sound played through a speaker, the Zen Clock features an alloy chime bar similar to a wind chime.  When the clock's alarm is triggered, its chime produces a long-resonating, beautiful acoustic tone reminiscent of a temple gong.  Then, as the ring tone gradually fades away, the clock remains silent until it automatically strikes again three minutes later.  The frequency of the chime strikes gradually increase over ten-minutes, eventually striking every five seconds, so they are guaranteed to wake up even the heaviest sleeper.  This gentle, ten-minute "progressive awakening" leaves users feeling less groggy, and even helps with dream recall.


What makes this gentle awakening experience so exquisite is the sound of the natural acoustic chime, which has been tuned to produce the same tones as the tuning forks used by musical therapists. According to the product's inventor, Steve McIntosh, "once you experience this way of being gradually awakened with beautiful acoustic tones, no other alarm clock will ever do."


The luxurious awakening provided by the Zen Alarm Clock is part of the growing preference for things natural—natural foods, natural fibers, and now, natural acoustic sounds.  Like organic tomatoes in your salad, the organic sounds of the Zen Alarm Clock's sweet acoustic chimes are truly a gourmet experience.


Zen Alarm Clocks, made by Now & Zen, Inc., come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  The company markets its products internationally through third-party retail stores and catalogs, and also sells directly to consumers through its website and Boulder headquarters store. The company's philosophy is expressed by its tag line: 'quality of thought, stillness of being.' Now & Zen's complete line of natural lifestyle products can be seen at:, or by calling the company to request a catalog.