What are Sunrise Clocks?
WHAT EXACTLY ARE THESE FANCY CLOCKS?
Sunrise alarm clocks (aka dawn simulator alarm clocks) are simple devices which brighten gradually to mimic a natural sunrise. Manufacturers claim that these alarm clocks will wake you gently from your sleep feeling refreshed and ready to face the day, as the brightening light is a natural cue for the body to reduce the production of sleep hormones and encourage you to wake up by increasing the levels of cortisol.
Studies have shown that being exposed to a bright light in the morning will send a strong signal that it’s time to wake up, while people have reported that they feel less sleepy and more alert if they wake up to a gradually brightening light, rather than a traditional annoying alarm clock tone. Of course the idea for the light alarm concept is hardly new, people have been waking up with the dawn sunrise for many millennia, these new products are simply a way to control the dawn using a simulated sunrise at the time of your choosing.
WHY SHOULD I GET ONE?
BENEFITS OF WAKING UP TO A SUNRISE CLOCK
READY TO START WAKING UP NATURALLY?
DO THEY REALLY WORK?
Of course the big question is do they really work? Well the science is clear, gradual sunrise (real or simulated) does have a powerful effect on the body, reducing sleep hormones and increasing hormones like cortisol to wake you up.
Just be wary of cheaper products which are no better than ordinary bedside lamps with a brightness control on a timer, to get the full benefits, you need a powerful light which after 30 minutes will light up your bedroom as if you had the blinds open on a bright summers day – these lights are BRIGHT! Stick to well proven brands such as Lumie, Philips and BioBrite for best results.