I would love to be one of those people that jumps out of bed at 6am, ready to face the day with a hop, skip and a jump – but I’m not. I’ve never been a morning person, preferring to peel myself away from the sheets as slowly as possible while I mourn the lost hours of bed comfort having to make a living brings. Ever since I was a child I’ve needed at least eight hours of sleep; any less and I don’t function as well, greeting everything with a grump and a frown. Over the years the problem has gotten worse and I found it progressively harder to jump-start my day without feeling constantly exhausted or like I needed a mid-afternoon nap. The winter months are the hardest, greeting me with a wet and dark, dreary day that doesn’t scream ‘jump out of bed and come out to play’ like a bright flare of sunshine can. For some time I’d been thinking of investing in a Lumie Light Bodyclock to help inject a little energy into my mornings and start the day off as I intended it to progress, but this January I took the plunge and finally placed an order.
The Lumie Bodyclock is the original wake-up light (also
called a dawn simulator) that wakes you gradually with increasing
natural light. The science bit is that this light is a signal for your
body to ease the production of sleep hormones and increase those that
help you get up and go; there’s a reason why we all feel a little more
productive during the summer months and feel like hibernating during
January. Ever since the dawn of time the rise of the sun has been a sign
for our body to kick-start and undertake the tasks ahead, so it makes
perfect sense that a bedside light that wakes you up gradually will have
a positive impact. Theoretically ‘wake-up lights’ help to keep your
sleep cycle on track, boosting your mood, energy and productivity levels
all day. A 30-minute sunrise emitted from the Lumie Light wakes you
naturally and gradually, providing a ‘sun ray’ effect projected onto the
wall behind. You can even use it as a bedside light thanks to the
dimmable feature, as well as utilising the 30-minute fading sunset to
help wind down for bed.
So, has the Lumie Light
had a significant impact upon my well-being and energy levels over the
last couple of weeks? Essentially, yes. The gradual increase of light is
very subtle, only waking me within five minutes of my intended ‘alarm’
time and definitely providing a sense of daytime – unlike my blackout
blinds that could convince me it’s the middle of the night at 11am.
There’s no shock to the system, no sudden burst of beeping you scramble
around to switch off and no sinking feeling of ‘oh bloody hell’ as you
rip away the covers. I’ve definitely found waking up gradually helps me
to get more stuff done in the morning, rather than rushing around trying
to get ready in 40 minutes because I’ve pressed snooze three times. The
key, I’ve noticed, is to take a few minutes to wake properly and then
just get out of bed… If I bum around for another fifteen or twenty
minutes after I’ve woken up I find it much harder to kick-start my
morning; the benefit is definitely in the immediacy of energy!
also really love the ‘sunset’ function that helps you wind down at the
end of an evening; I’ve tended to use this while watching telly or
applying my overnight treatments, so within thirty minutes I’m in ‘sleep
mode’ and ready to snooze. Because it turns off by itself it removes
the need for scrambling around for the bedside light button when you’re
already half asleep! At around £60.00 these aren’t a cheap gadget, but
that (for me) is a small price to pay for increased energy and a gentle
awakening – plus way cheaper than a daily can of Redbull or a caffeine
addiction… I would thoroughly recommend the Lumie Light if you’re
suffering from winter blues, struggle in the mornings or just need more
bounce in your step. These devices are intended to treat SAD and are
medically approved too, meaning there must be something proven within
them to work; they’re a great investment and a great way of being good
to yourself this dreary winter.
Have you got your own Lumie Light? Are you intrigued to put one to the test yourself?
The Lumie Light is available online priced from £59.99.
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