Winter Wake Up Call

Jourdana ON Jan 05, 2013 AT 2:12 pm

Lumie Bodyclock GO 75

As soon as winter kicks in for most of us the urge to hibernate is a strong one. As dark descends around the 4 o’clock mark, and mornings continue to feel like the middle of the night, our body clocks simply cannot adapt fast enough to the change in levels of daylight. Each and every year I enter into a battle with my body. The ‘winter blues’ inevitably take over.

Our bodies require a certain amount of light in order to stimulate our brain functions and control and maintain hormone production, without it, we suffer lethargy and tiredness which is what makes most of us to fight for extra duvet time. For others, the result of a lack of natural daylight is more severe, resulting in Seasonal Affective Disorder (aptly named SAD) which can cause overeating, withdrawal from daily life and even depression.

In a bid to recover my get-up-and-go first thing in the dark mornings I have been using the new Lumie Bodyclock GO 75. Known as a ‘dawn simulator’ the Lumie light mimics sunrise (and sunset) allowing you to wake and fall asleep to increasing, and decreasing levels of natural light. Far more soothing than being plunged into darkness (particularly after over-stimulation from television, mobile phones and laptops) at the switch of a light and less startling than the harsh shrill of an alarm clock, the Lumie Bodyclock allows your body to slowly ease itself into naturally producing melatonin, your sleep hormone, and cortisol, the hormone that propels you into action.

The set up took a little while to figure out – with some fiddly and repetitive clicking options. But once set the Bodyclock is really easy to use. Initially, the Bodyclock’s light alone didn’t wake me up, but after a couple of weeks setting my mobile phone alarm as a back up, i noticed that I’d already be awake and out of bed before my alarm went off. The Bodyclock has its own alarm sounds, and whilst not in any way offensive, none particularly appealed to me, and so I set the clock to wake me with the light alone.

Although I can’t say for sure that the Lumie Bodyclock has boosted my energy levels, what it has done, is create the most soothing and stress-free environment in which to fall asleep and wake – even at the unearthly hour of 5.30 am. Thanks to a more restful sleep, early mornings are no longer a battle.

Lumie Bodyclock GO 75, £74.95 Lumie.com

 

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