Waking up rested isn't just about the number of hours your head meets the pillow—it's also about how you're awakened. An alarm clock that smoothes the transition from slumber to wakefulness, rather than jarring you awake, will help you start the day feeling fresh. The best bet is something that will ease you into the day, like Hammacher Schlemmer’s Peaceful Progression Wake Up Clock
, which ever so gradually increases light, aromatherapy scents, and one of six nature sounds. Waking up for work never felt so good.