I am not a morning person, when I say this it’s not because I’m groggy and irritable if I don’t get my tea or coffee (in fact I don’t really drink either) but I just can’t get up. If I ever set an early alarm to get up and go to the gym or do something productive chances are I’ll just snooze the alarm and keep going until it’s my normal waking up time (and sometimes even longer). Morning’s for me are my most productive for tidying/ cleaning and doing things like my blog photography but physically getting out of bed was the issue.
I had heard things about the Lumie clock’s and how they wake you up with natural sunlight so I thought that this would be a great item to try in an attempt to change my routine. How they work is you set a time limit of how far before your alarm you want the sunlight to start (I’ve chosen the standard 30 minutes) and from 30 minutes before you alarm right until it rings it slowly gets brighter like a natural sunrise. There’s no harsh artificial light and it’s as refreshing as watching the actual sun.
This is supposed to help your body naturally wake up rather than abruptly by an alarm and it’s designed to get your body started in the morning so you’re coming out of the right form of sleep. But does it really work!? Now I’m not going to lie and say that every single morning I use it I get straight out of bed bouncing around like Tiger, there are still mornings when I hit snooze, but things have got better. When I set my Lumie Clock I find that my body naturally stirs and wakes up just before my alarm goes off due to the sunlight which is a great thing as no one likes waking up to their alarm blaring.
There are lots of variations of the Lumie clocks ranging from the Bodyclock Starter 30 which is about £60 right up to the Bodyclock Luxe 700 which is around £170 and while the concept is the same the variations are different. I went for the second model up which is the Bodyclock Go 75 which cost me £75 from Boots because you could choose how long you wanted the sunrise to be 20, 30 or 45 minutes. There’s also an option to have a sunset if you finding nodding off to sleep difficult and this works in the same way just in reverse.
The other great thing about the clock is the fact that you can use it as a nightlight as well meaning I don’t have to clog up my bedside table with a lamp as well. Now I know part of using something like this is getting into a routine and it will take time but the morning’s I do drag myself out of bed it is far easier using the Lumie Clock.