Ironically, this ingenious invention was recommended to me by my ex-boss, who was struggling to wake up early as much as I did.
It’s the most horrible feeling in the world when your alarm goes off at 6 something in the morning (7 on a lucky day!) and it looks like it’s the middle of the night.
I remember those dreadful mornings when the alarm would go off, I would frantically try to find my mobile with eyes still closed and then get up 10 minutes later hitting something (typically a corner table, followed by a lot of cursing) on my way to the bathroom. 6:15am and the day is already crap. Sounds familiar?
For those people who do get gloomier in winter months when days are short, Lumie has developed a rather simple way of naturally waking people up – a Bodyclock.
It works like this: you set up an alarm for the time you need to be awake (say 6:30am, hello gym bunnies and commuters!), and this cute little machine starts to slowly lit up like a sun from 6:00am (simple calculation here – 30 minutes before your official wake up time). It gradually goes from a pale reddish colour to full on brightly white light. The idea is to let your body to wake up naturally (and we are programmed to wake up when it’s light outside), so by replicating the morning sun, you trick your body into thinking it’s a nice spring morning.
It gets better, you can choose natural sounds like chirping birds or waves to let your sleepy brain wake up without any artificial alarm beeps at all.
Sounds too good to be true? Believe me, it really does work. I can testify that I’ve been waking up in a much better mood since Lumie arrived on my bedside table. There are tons of research papers on SAD (Seasonal Affective disorder) and the benefits of light therapy for tackling the symptoms.
If you have a friend who stays up late and is always grumpy in the morning, this could just be the perfect Christmas gift for them.