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.

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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

Reduces Drowsiness

Studies have shown that wake up lights that gradually get brighter over 30 minutes can reduce sleepiness or drowsiness by stimulating the production of hormones that wake us up, while suppressing those hormones that make us sleepy.

Doubles as a Bedside Lamp

Having a lamp and an alarm clock on your bedside table leaves little room for anything else. A bonus benefit of these sunrise lights is that they can be used as a lamp as well!

Reset Body Clock

An additional benefit of using a dawn simulator device is that they can help to reset the body’s natural rhythms, or reset your body clock thus letting you feel more awake when you get up, increasing energy and productivity.

Wake Up Gradually

Waking up gradually is the way most of us wake up on a weekend, when our bodiy and mind are ready. Wake up lights provide this by slowly increasing their brightness over whatever time period you set!

No Annoying Alarm

One of the main reasons many of us feel groggy when get woken up by a conventional alarm clock is that it’s sudden. Wake up lights remove this annoyance by waking you up gradually with a slowly increasing brightness.

Back Up

Worried that the light won’t wake you up? Most of these devices actually come with a back up alarm and some even take batteries as a secondary source of power in case of an outage!

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.

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