There is nothing worse than hearing that alarm clock bleeping at you. Well other than having to get out of bed I suppose. I have never been a morning person. Running down the road for the school bus, running down the road to catch the bus to the train station – where my daily routine was to put my make up on on the train as I just got up too late to do it at home. Well you get the picture… I am more of a night-time person and as I write this it’s nearly midnight.
So I was super excited to try out a Lumie Bodyclock Active and WOW this is a must have for anyone who wants to wake up in a pleasant way! We just love it and it makes a real difference to how you feel in the morning.
Lumie Bodyclock Active is an alarm clock that wakes you naturally, with a sunrise that gradually brightens; choose the time that suits you. The light is a signal for your body to ease production of sleep hormones (e.g. melatonin) and increase levels of those that help you get up and go (e.g. cortisol).
At the end of the day, there’s a 15, 20, 30, 45, 60 or 90 minute sunset to help you to naturally unwind ready for bed as well so perfect for those of us who find it tough to nod off! Lumie Bodyclock Active has a radio with digital tuning plus several other audio features to help you start your day feeling brighter or help you relax naturally before sleep.
There is also a dawn chorus or a rooster wake-up call and ‘white noise’ and wave sounds to help lull you to sleep. As well as providing you with dimmable bedside lighting, Lumie Bodyclock Active has a nightlight feature and a security option that turns the light on while you’re away.
Using a dawn simulator helps keep your sleep/wake cycle on track and has been shown to boost mood, energy and productivity levels for the whole day. If you’re not a ‘morning person’ Lumie Bodyclock Active is simply a much nicer way to wake up. It’s also an effective winter blues option and a useful complement to a lightbox in treating more severe SAD.
Lumie invented the first dawn simulators and so Bodyclock Active benefits from a wealth of experience and customer feedback.
Since 1991 Lumie has been researching and designing bright lights to treat seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and other conditions.
“Our first Bodyclock dawn simulator – an alarm that wakes you up with increasing levels of light – was the world’s first wake-up light and brought light therapy into the mainstream. We also designed and developed Lumie Clear, a unique hand held device that uses combined blue and red light therapy to treat acne.”
Over the years Lumie has worked closely with the scientific community. All of their products – the broadest range in Europe – are based on published research and designed by us from our base in Cambridge. Lumie is in the EuRhythDia consortium investigating circadian rhythms and type 2 diabetes, and is working with Cambridge University and Liverpool John Moores University sports science department. We continue to research new applications for light therapy.
Lumie products are medical devices and supplied to the NHS on an occasional basis. Distance and brightness levels (lux) are independently verified and Lumie is registered with the government’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.
“The benefits of light therapy reach far beyond SAD. Our lights help you to sleep well and get up in the morning, beat the afternoon slump, conquer jetlag and look after your skin. They also optimise sports performance and we are proud to provide lights to some of Great Britain’s elite athletes as well as acting as official suppliers to British Swimming.”
In the UK their products are available through www.lumie.com as well as major retailers like John Lewis, Boots, amazon, Selfridges, Neal’s Yard and wiggle.co.uk and they have an expanding network of distributors across Europe and in North America. For consumers buying through www.lumie.com they provide a 45 day trial period on all products and a dedicated customer careline.