Have you ever heard of ‘Rise’? This is an alarm clock app you can put on your phone.

For $1.99 you get a terrific alarm clock. This one has a very nice digital visual time page in fading color. Once you scroll up or down to the time you want to ‘rise’, the app will tell you just how many hours and minutes you have until rise time.Photo on 2-11-13 at 8.14 AM Photo on 2-11-13 at 8.14 AM #2 Photo on 2-11-13 at 8.14 AM #3

Then you can do several things to customize your sleep and wake up. First, you can make a playlist of your favorite songs to go to sleep by. Then you can choose from a list of sounds to wake up to.

There is a good selection of sounds. Everything from Grandma’s old fashioned alarm clock (which would wake the dead) to my favorite, Camping Trip.

This Camping Trip is about as close as I’ll ever get to the real thing, but I love it. The sound is softly chirping crickets and birds coming awake in the forest.

Be sure your volume is turned up for this one, as it is very subtle. If you don’t like a blaring alarm or the sound of crickets, you could choose Temple Chimes, Retro Digital, Traveling Winds or Gentle Chimes.

Whatever your choice, check it out. Kind of fun for a change. Makes waking up in the morning quite pleasant.