Waking up with the Sunrise

I’ve long talked about it, but a couple of weeks ago I decided to finally bite the bullet: I bought our first sunrise alarm clock. It’s a Lumie Bodyclock Starter 30, which is probably one of the more basic products you can buy – and also one of the cheapest.

We’ve now been using it for a week, and I can say confidently: it works. I didn’t quite know what to expect with a sunrise alarm clock – I’d heard good things about them, and in theory I thought they could work, but I didn’t know how much difference it would make.

This has been the ideal week to test it out – mornings are getting darker, the clocks haven’t yet gone back – in short, it’s the time of year when getting up is becoming more and more difficult: normally what happens at this time of year is that my alarm goes off around 6:30, and my body really doesn’t want to get up. Some mornings more than others, but I find getting up in the dark very hard!

So, it’s been a refreshing change this week to actually not struggle quite so much with getting up. What I’ve found is, I tend to wake up a few minutes before the alarm goes off naturally – the light wakes me up. But not in a harsh way, it seems more natural – kind of like a natural sunrise.

It doesn’t stop me feeling tired, but it does seem to stop the awful headache-y type feeling that I get sometimes when I feel like I’ve been woken up when I’m deep in sleep.

Anyway, if – like me – you struggle with getting up on dark mornings, I can recommend trying a sunrise alarm clock. It does seem to make getting up a little bit easier!

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