In my most recent post all about Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and the winter blues, I revealed my top tips on how to stay happy throughout January, which is notorious for being the most miserable month (check out the post here.) One of my tips, which I have tried and tested myself over the last year, was to invest in a wake up lamp. Since then, I have been asked a lot of questions about which lamp I have, the features it has, and whether or not is actually works! So, I thought why not write a post all about it? Without further ado, here’s my review on my wake up alarm clock.
Sunlight lamps spring from the concept of light therapy and can help ease the symptoms of depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. The model I own is the Lumie Bodyclock Active 250 Wake-up Light Alarm Clock which I brought back in 2018 for around £70. There are cheaper alternatives on the market, as well as some pricier options, so I was quite happy to opt for a clock that was in the middle of this price range.
- The sunlight lamp, which can gradually turn on over 15, 20, 30, 45, 60 or 90 minutes depending on your preference, mimics the sunrise.
- The lamp also has a sunset feature which again can be dimmed over a choice of timescales which helps you to unwind and fall into a relaxed sleep.
- The lamp can also act as a bedside table light.
- The clock has a range of nature sounds such as ocean waves, chirping birds, as well as the traditional alarm beep or white noise.
- FM radio is a key feature that you can also set as your alarm noise.
My first impression of the clock was that it seemed quite plastic in its appearance, which I wasn’t expecting for the price I paid. However, the design itself did seem quite slick, and I especially liked how there were slits in the backing of the case which then projects sun rays onto the wall behind. The set up was quite easy, but it wasn’t necessarily self-explanatory, so I would recommend following the instruction manual. I liked how I was able to customise the sunset and sunrise feature based on my preference, I think I went with a 45-minute sunset and a 20-minute sunrise. A big deal maker for me in choosing this model was the FM radio. I love listening to the radio, especially in the morning, so I loved being able to set it as my wake up sound. It was quite an old school version of the radio though as it can easily come out of tune, so maybe a DAB radio would have been better, but for the price I paid I was happy with the FM radio. You can also turn the light on manually which is a bonus. I don’t have any lamps in my bedroom so I either have the main light on or complete darkness, so to be able to turn this lamp on and have a warming light fill the room is amazing, and to be able to dim it accordingly is a bonus, there is no ‘on’ and ‘off’ option; the brightness is completely customised.
So, did this clock work in helping with SAD and winter blues symptoms? I would have to say yes! I’m not a morning person in the slightest, but since using this clock even my Mum has noticed I’m chirpier in the mornings. What I love is that I don’t have to focus on a screen to find out what the time is in the mornings. I simply have to open my eyes very slightly and see if there is any light in my room. If there is, I know that I will have to get up soon. The sunset feature is also great at calming me and my anxiety down ready for a good night’s sleep. Overall, I would really recommend a sun lamp to anyone who suffers from SAD or just simply hates mornings. I use the lamp all year round as I have blackout curtains, so to have a warming light softly wake me up makes a big difference, even in the summer months. My Lumie clock model is good, I certainly would recommend it, but there are plenty of other choices on the market in case you want to splash out on a newer model, or simply want to save and look into a cheaper version.
If you have any more questions, feel free to let me know in the comments. Do you have a sun lamp? Do the features work for you? I would love to know about your experience too!