15 January 2013

Lumie Bodyclock Go75 Original Wake-Up Light

Lumie Bodyclock Go75 Original Wake-Up Light

Lumie Lights, and their Lumie Bodyclock Go Wake-up Lamp, were completely unknown to me until very recently. I was very kindly sent this Lumie Bodyclock to try out and was so intrigued by it. Yes, it's an alarm clock. But boy is it so much more than just an alarm clock. As a Psychology student, I have studied Biological Psychology and know just how extremely important good sleep, and the right amount of sleep, is. I often struggle myself where sleep is concerned. I am a bit of a night owl - I will stay up late, wake up late, and I often nap too (which by the way, is incredibly bad for you) So having something to help me get to sleep better and also wake me up in a better, even healthier way, well it was something which really got my interest.


The Lumie Bodyclock is advertised as being a clock and light which can help you drift off to sleep, wake up refreshed and feeling energised, and help with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) It has five wake-up sounds (alarm sounds), a night-light, and it has a function which allows you to have a sunset as you go to sleep, and a sunrise as you wake. The point of the Lumie Bodyclock is to imitate a sunrise as you wake up, making it easier to get up. And this is also how it helps with SAD because it gives you a routine which the weather can often interfere with.

Lumie Bodyclock Go75 Original Wake-Up Light
So how has the Lumie Bodyclock worked for me? Well let's start with setting it up. I think this really showed me how much I am used to technology made simple. With buttons, lots and lots of buttons. It took me a while to get this set up properly, because I kept messing up the set up with there being just three buttons for everything. But once I had set it up properly, we were on a roll! I really like that you have a sunset setting. This made going to bed, and actually getting to sleep, so much easier. Because before going to sleep I'd get in bed with my book and set the sunset for 45 minutes with the night light. It helped me get to sleep because by the time the light was fully off, I was ready for sleep. Instead of staying up later messing about on my phone or being too lazy to turn the bedroom light off so procrastinating. It's a great feature!

Morning wise, I am in love with the sunrise this gives you! The way it works is you get your alarm for a certain time, say 7am. From 6:30am, the light starts to go on and as the time passes between then and your alarm time, the light gets brighter, like a sunrise! The back of the Lumie Bodyclock also has slants in it, so the light appears almost like the rays of the sun! Then when it's your alarm time the alarm sound starts - I picked birds! It's such a gentle, soothing and relaxing way to wake up! The light stays on then until you turn it off so even if you think about drifting back off to sleep you won't because your room is bright like it's full of sunshine! 

I've had this for a week now and I must admit, I was sceptical. I thought, "How is an alarm clock really going to make me fall asleep better, wake up easier and feel more energised and refreshed?" But it does. And it also makes me start the day with a smile, having the (artificial) sunrise in my room, with the sounds of birds (which funnily enough got the birds outside my window in a frenzy one morning!) If that is the affect after just one week, I can only imagine this being great for me over longer time. And it's certainly replaced my old alarm clock with it's nasty, noisy radio alarm. This is far more peaceful.

Lumie Bodyclock Go75 Original Wake-Up Light
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