Reclaim Your Peace of Mind with Mindful Nighttime Phone Use

A meditation timer and alarm clock that's not connected to the internet.

Meditation timer and alarm clock

The Awake Mindfulness Clock

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Nighttime & early morning smartphone use undermines everything good you cultivate with your meditation practice

Do you use a smartphone to facilitate meditation?
Do you use a smartphone in bed?

  • So much for that post-mediation feeling of calm. Ever finish meditating and see an email or text notification? Right back to reactivity.
  • You're losing your attention span. Fun survival mechanism: humans are wired to be distracted. (What moved in that bush?!?) Apps that want your attention take advantage of this. As a result, the problem is exacerbated.
  • Too much social media makes you depressed. Studies prove it. But do you need a study to know it's true?

I used this popular app for years – until I couldn't stand being connected anymore

Why Establish Health​​​​y Boundaries with Your Smartphone?

A few not-so-fun-phone facts:

  • Your phone is designed to addict you. You get dopamine hits while you interact with it. Unfortunately, constant low-grade dopamine hits lead to fatigue, not happiness. Have you ever left a session of Facebooking feeling a little stressed? Low-grade tension at the temples and/or base of your neck?
  • Dubious cycle: being connected induces FOMO, which produces the stress hormone cortisol. FOMO is temporarily relieved when you check your phone. Therefore, you're drawn to checking your phone more often.
  • Your smartphone emits blue light that messes with your circadian rhythms. Your sleep is impaired, which affects your judgement, mood, ability to learn, and ability to create.
  • Oxymoron alert: being on your phone keeps you in an intensely focussed state of distraction.

If you're​​​​ uncomfortable with your smartphone use, I want to help you.


My name is L.R. and my phone was overly-integrated into my life.

I finally figured out a way to help myself:

I stopped bringing my phone into my bedroom at night.


My problem showed up in two clear ways

1. My phone was my alarm clock so it was in my hand every morning when I woke up.

My thumb would almost automatically press a social media button. A half-hour or more might pass and I would still be lying there.

Eventually I would get up to meditate, but a minor feeling of guilt crept into my consciousness. That guilty feeling accumulated day after day after day, month after month.

My life was passing me by.

2. My meditation app became a social media app

One morning I opened my eyes after my 20 minute timer rang and found that my meditation app was trying to connect me with someone who had "finished meditating nearby."

A new feature.

As much as I like to connect with like-minded people, I'm not trying to do so the second I come out of meditation. Seeing email or text or other notifications isn't what I'm looking for either.

Also, sometimes my foot falls asleep while sitting crosslegged. While I wait out the pins and needles...

...I happen to have my phone in my hand, fresh from closing my timer. Hello (again) Instagram, goodbye ten minutes (or twenty, or thirty...).

More not-so-fun-phone facts:

  • Americans spend an average of four hours per day on their phones. YES: FOUR. HOURS.
  • You as a human being are designed to be distracted. It kept you alive long enough to evolve to this point. App designers consciously use this to keep you hooked on their apps.
  • Our attention spans are shortening. When's the last time you read a whole book? Or even a feature-length magazine piece?
  • Social media companies know more about you than you can imagine. And through you, they know about your friends, even if your friends aren't on social media.
  • If you read on a device, the constant links and options break up your attention span whether you click them or not. Each hyperlink requires a decision: Do I click? Do I not click? Do I click? Do I not click? Bzzt bzzt bzzt bzzt

More not-so-fun-phone facts:

  • Americans spend an average of four hours per day on their phones. YES: FOUR. HOURS.
  • You as a human being are designed to be distracted. It kept you alive long enough to evolve to this point. App designers consciously use this to keep you hooked on their apps.
  • Our attention spans are shortening. When's the last time you read a whole book? Or even a feature-length magazine piece?
  • If you read on a device, the constant links and options break up your attention span whether you click them or not. Each hyperlink requires a decision: Do I click? Do I not click? Do I click? Do I not click? Bzzt bzzt bzzt bzzt

I wasn't about to give up my phone: I appreciate and enjoy many of the functions it serves in my everyday life.

But when I started leaving it outside my bedroom every night, my life got much better.

"Why don't you just put your phone on airplane mode?"

I tried that and it didn't work for me. Using that tactic relied on willpower and the forces drawing me to my phone were deeper than that. It's closer to addiction than choice, and part of the definition of addiction is doing something even if you don't want to do it.

If my phone was within arm's reach, it would end up in my hand. And.....it's pretty easy to turn airplane mode off.

For me, the key was to get my phone out of my bedroom. To do that, I knew I needed a very simple tool: a meditation timer/alarm clock.

Only one existed! And it cost over $100.

I bit the bullet and bought it.

I started using it. Every night I charged my phone in another room.

It's difficult to overstate how much better my life got.

How taking a nightly break from my phone made my life better immediately and immeasurably

  • I began to read books again
  • My sleep was more restful
  • Initial phone-twitch went away quickly
  • Meditation felt better
  • My social media consumption plummeted
  • I'm more present. I have my phone out less frequently

Empowered by the contentment that came from a new relationship with my phone, I created the tool I wanted that didn't exist

The Offgrid Mindfulness Clock

Meditation timer and alarm clock

The unique features you can't find in any other clock:

  • Meditation timer (with warm-up and interval functions)
  • Alarm clock
  • Gentle wind chime alert sound
  • NOT connected to the internet
  • Large enough for a bedstand
  • Small enough to travel with

Designed to help you get your p​​​​hone away from your cushion, out of your bedroom, and out of your mind.​


A few of the immediate benefits of using the Offgrid Mindfulness Clock:

  • Post-meditation grace period  You won't be looking at your phone (and potential notifications) as soon as your eyes open when you use your Offgrid meditation timer
  • Sleep better  ​​​Using an Offgrid alarm clock means you can charge your phone in another room overnight and you won't be using it as you doze off
  • Low-cortisol wake-up  A gentle chime rouses you from sleep without shocking your system into releasing stress hormones
  • Ease into your day, even if for just a few minutes  With a separate alarm, your phone won't be in your hand when you wake up. Begin your day without immediately reacting...to emails, texts, posts........

How to Establish ​Healthy Boundaries with Your Phone

Examine your habits

Determine if your smartphone use is disrupting your mindfulness or rest practices

use your offgrid clock/timer

Keep your phone away from your meditation and sleep areas

Experience the benefits

Including but not limited to increased attention span, better sleep, and decreased anxiety

Reserve Your ​Offgrid Mindfulness Clock

Sign up for our pre-order list. When the clocks are ready I'll let you know. Then you can order it for $27, the lowest online price it will ever be.