I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t have got through this last brutal winter without my Lumie light. Every time November rolls around and the days are getting shorter. I know my energy will deplete and I’ll find it harder than ever to wake up in the mornings. Enter my Lumie light. This little ball of awesomeness wakes me up slowly in the morning with a light that mimics the sunrise.
So I’m super excited about the launch of their new generation of sleep/wake lights.
(RRP £75.00) offers the perfect introduction the benefits of sleeping and waking with light. The essential Bodyclock functionality is the same with a sunrise and sunset of 30 minutes, but with the following new features: adjustable sunrise light intensity; nightlight; auto-dimming display; and tap-control snooze.
(RRP £90.00) offers the same functionality as Bodyclock Spark but with the option to adjust the sunrise and sunset duration to 20, 30 or 45 minutes; and a choice of nine sleep/wake sounds* including white noise.
Available now from John Lewis, Amazon and Lumie.
Lumie said, ‘The new products also reflect an upgraded design for the Bodyclock range that provides a sleek and stylish addition to the bedroom as well as delivering proven health benefits to the user. They simulate a real sunset and sunrise by closely mimicking their colours and using the dome to diffuse the light 360°. Both products, like the rest of the Bodyclock range, are Class I Medical Devices, which means they have been rigorously tested to European health and safety standards.’
Stephanie Romiszewski, Expert Sleep Physiologist, The Sleepyhead Clinic, says:
“Light exposure is the most influential external factor on our sleep/wake cycle. We seem quite happy to have all the lights on at night (often increasing our alertness levels). But first thing in the morning we are fumbling around in the dark feeling groggy and grumpy! It doesn’t have to be this way. Light reduces melatonin levels (a hormone that helps us go to sleep). So used in the right way, it can strongly reinforce a feeling of alertness, improve mood and give us the energy we need. That means you can wake up feeling refreshed every morning! Light can wake you up much more gently than noise can – making what was once an uncomfortable experience much more of a pleasure!”
Waking up with light every day helps to keep your sleep/wake cycle on track and has been shown to lift your mood, energy and productivity levels.¹
It has also been proven to alleviate the symptoms of winter blues and SAD.² At bedtime, a fading sunset helps you naturally unwind by promoting the production of the sleep hormone, melatonin.³
*The nine sleep/wake sounds are as follows: beep, tropical birds, blackbird, café, goats, steam train, thunderstorm, waves, crickets and white noise.
Research refs: ¹Acta Psychiatr Scand. 1993 Jul;88(1):67-71; ²J Affect Disord. 2015 Ju 15;180:87-89; ³Sleep Biol Rhythms. 2016 Jan;14(1):47-53.