Product Type: Lumie gadgets
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A ray of sunshine in your morning!
Lumie Bodyclock Sunray
Member Name: Numpty2009
Lumie Bodyclock Sunray
Advantages: Wakes you up with a gentle ray of sunshine
Disadvantages: Then shocks you out of bed with a loud annoying buzzer
The Lumie Bodyclock Sunray is an alarm clock uniquely designed for sufferers of SAD or seasonal affectiveness disorder. SAD is a disorder where the sufferer has a normal level of mental health throughout the year but can suffer from syptoms of depression in the winter months. Quite often its known as the winter blues and I believe in the past its one of those things that you just got on with but now there are different products available for those who think that they suffer from it.
I'm not a sufferer of SAD although I do find getting up in the mornings hard (who doesn't) although the birth of my second son appears to have cured me of this problem as I now have now choice but to get up and attend to his cries. Before this however, I did need a boost in the morning. I was also in need of an alarm clock. So considering my hatred of dark mornings I invested around £60 to buy myself the Lumie Bodyclock.
The clock works by turning on a light gradually 1/2 an hour before the alarm is set. The idea is that your body wakes gradually and your levels of melatonin adjust to improve your mood (or this is what the blurb on the John Lewis website states). You are then either rudely awoken with a very loud alarm when it is due or if it has done its job you wake up just before your alarm. YOu can also set it without the beep although this is often a bit too risky if I am particularly tired. When you set the alarm it also creates a sunset as it slowly dims, which apparently allows you to enter into a deep sleep gently.
The clock has a 12 hour or 24 hour function and as I said you can set the alarm with or without the buzzer.
Does it work? Erm yes and no. It certainly makes me feel a little bit fresher in the mornings when I have been allowed to wake up with the alarm (and not the crying baby type) however, it doesn't work as it irritates my husband a lot, who has to get up later than I do. In the end I end up turning it off before the sunrise is complete and I fall back to sleep, completely missing the point of the exercise.
The buzzer is also a little too loud as you have been woken gently and then if you haven't got up you are then shocked out of bed by the buzzer. Replacing the bulbs is not that easy either as you have to contact them directly to purchase one. I didn't actually get round to it so have put in a normal bulb which appears to be doing the job.
All in all though it is a useful clock however, I do feel that I should have paid a little more and purchased the one with the radio, just so I can have a slightly more gentle wake up rather than the buzzer.
Summary: A good clock but consider spending more to get the one with the radio
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