I was fortunate enough to be sent this body clock to try out and have been using it for a good few months now. Something to help wake you up AND feel brighter on these dull winter mornings? Yes please.
What it the Lumie Bodyclock*?
It is basically an alarm/wake up light to help wake you up gradually and efficiently in the morning…but with a lot more benefits: It helps with a better sleep, leaves you feeling more energised in the morning, makes getting up easier and also can help with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) also known as the winter blues. You can read more information about this here.
It has an in-built light that gradually lights up and eases you out of your sleep gently rather than being shocked out of sleep by your alarm in a pitch-black room – nothing worse than getting up when it’s really dark, cold and miserable outside. An alarm will still go off like a normal clock, but the light will have triggered before the alarm so you will sub-consciously be waking up anyway. As light enters your bedroom in the morning it triggers your sleeping hormones to ease off and your get-up-and-go hormones to activate, hence why we find it a lot easier to get up in the summer months.
The grates at the back of the clock give it that ‘sunrise’ effect once lit up, and it gives off a warm glow, rather than a stark light so it is very natural-looking and not a shock to the eyes.
Setting it up:
This was a little trickier than what I would have liked, alas, I am a bit of a tech-phobe and failure though and this just affirms this fact! After a good read and re-read of the instruction manual, I worked out what buttons did what and how to set the alarm correctly for my preferences. Once you get the hang of it, it’s very simple.
Pssss if you are buying one then it’s probably easier to just check out the YouTube video step-by-step of how to set up your bodyclock.
The lighting has a huge range of brightness, from really dim and minimal to bright enough to read at night in bed. I took three photos during the graduation below. I was taking these photos in the daytime hence the horrid lighting but you can kind of get the picture. You can choose how quickly it goes from the dimmest to the lightest, I have it on a 30-min setting. You can also choose to have the time in a 12hr or 24hr clock and also there are 5 different alarm sounds to choose from. Once you have selected these options, your Lumie clock is good to go.
If you are wanting to read or have it as a bedside light in the pm then you manually just turn up the light with the buttons on the front.
Is it working for me?
In a word….YES!
The first morning I used it, I remember I felt a little confused and dis-orientated as I woke up at around 7am and it was light in my room instead of complete darkness. I thought I had left the light on in the night or something… however, after a few days of using it, I got used to the light in the morning, and I found myself waking up before my alarm each time. (the light will start BEFORE the alarm goes off..)
I used to snooze my phone maybe 4, sometimes 5 times before I got out of bed, but with the Lumie Bodyclock, it will usually be once and sometimes none. When the alarm goes I don’t re-coil in horror as much (I sometimes do of course!) and I feel myself more energised in the morning and ‘day-ready’. I
also use this as a bedside light, which
is also another great and handy feature, it’s light enough to read, without lighting up the whole room and disturbing your partner.
Another way you can use the Lumie bodyclock is to help you drift off to sleep at night. You can set it to a 20-30-40 minute timer so the light will gradually turn off. This is not something I have any trouble with so I haven’t used this as a sleep-aid yet, but I am sure it would work pretty well. This also could be used to help young children to sleep and wake up, particulary if they are scared of the dark – I don’t know, just thinking aloud here!?
Size-wise it’s obviously bigger than your usual alarm clock so a bedside table is needed, but at least with this you can ditch your bedside lamp, and it fits snuggly on my table and doesn’t look unusual or out of place.
This Lumie bodyclock GO 75 costs £74.95 (free P&P) which for continous great starts to the day is definately worth the price. It also has a free 30-day home trial if you want to see if it works for you.
To see more details go to the Lumie website. They do a range of different clocks and SAD lights.