Ever since we got our new bed and redid our bedroom, I haven’t had an alarm clock on my side of the bed. I do like to see what the time is if I wake in the middle of the night, as I’m sure not knowing is psychological for me and it means I don’t sleep well again as I am never sure if I have three hours or three minutes before Hubby’s alarm will go off. Whilst I like to see the time, that piercing BEEP BEEP BEEP doesn’t go very far to waking me up in a happy mood in the mornings. Now don’t get me wrong, I need a few minutes before anyone should talk to me when I wake up, but it’s nice to wake up naturally rather than with a shock. Hubby prefers the radio, I prefer less noise, so when I was given the chance to try out the Lumie Bodyclock starter alarm clock, I was really excited.
Setting the clock up is really easy. The bulb comes packed separately inside the box for you to set up before use. The top part of the clock pops out very easily by squeezing at each side as shown in the instruction booklet.
The Lumie Bodyclock Starter is a nice size with a nice design. Being neutral colours, it will fit in with any decor, and the screen, whilst small and I wondered if it would be too small, actually works well with the design of the clock. I think a bigger screen would in fact have stuck out too much and detracted away from the natural light.
With only three buttons on the front, the clock is very easy to set up, cycling through the options to set the alarm, choosing sound as well as light or just light. You can choose to have the brightness of the clock screen on high or low. I find low is perfect for those that light the room dark. Hubby hasn’t complained about the glare yet like he did with the last alarm clock, but I also think that because the text is an amber colour rather than greens or reds that often appear on alarm clocks, this also helps.
So the clock is all set up and ready for first use. But how does it work to wake you up with natural light?
With the alarm set, the clock will activate a 30 minute sunrise to wake you naturally, starting off dim, and getting brighter until the time arrives for your alarm when the light is at its brightest. You may not be awake for the whole of this time, but the idea behind it is that your brain will increase production of cortisol hormone that helps you wake up and go.
Personally I don’t find the need to have the sound beep on my alarm, the light does a perfect job of waking me, and I don’t get that nasty shock when sound waves try to battle through to my brain.
When the light increases, it gives an appearance of a sunrise which is pretty if your clock is against a dark background. The additional little gem I found to this clock, is that it also acts as a bedside light. This was a treasure to me as well as I currently lean over and use Hubby’s bedside lamp when I want light.
The touch of the plus button on the right hand side increases the light, and the minus button will fade the light to darkness. If you fall asleep using ambien with the alarm set and the light still bright, it will fade to darkness after ninety minutes, so there’s no worry of waking up in the small hours with light glaring at you.
I’ve been really impressed with the Lumie Bodyclock Starter alarm clock, and think it’s well worth it’s price tag of £59.95.
Disclosure – we received the clock free of charge but all opinions are our own
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