Good morning sunshine.
Being jerked from your slumber by the startling sound of a phone alarm is just a terrible way to start the day, one that often leaves you feeling more tired than when you went to bed. And yet most of us put ourselves through this ordeal every day, despite the fact there is a better way – a wake-up light.
Rather than announcing the morning’s arrival with shrill beeps, these alarm clocks simulate the sunrise to gradually bring you out of sleep so you wake up feeling refreshed. The natural style of light used can also help combat the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder. Illumination is not all wake-up lights provide, either – many of them also offer some kind of gentle sound to help you fall asleep and wake up, as well as other functions like DAB radio or a Bluetooth speaker.
For a better way to wake up, check out this round-up of the best sunrise-simulating alarm clocks.
Lumie Bodyclock Starter 30
There are eight different wake-up lights in Lumie’s Bodyclock range, of which the Starter 30 is the most basic. The Starter 30 will wake you up over the course of 30 minutes with a light that gets gradually brighter (with a back-up alarm beep just in case), and it will also do the opposite in the evening, with a 30-minute sunset feature where the light gets gradually dimmer. There are Lumie lights with a lot more bells and whistles, and we’ll come on to the top dog of Lumie’s range later, but the Starter 30 is a great entry-level light.