dawn-simulation-clocks

We all know how helpful a ray of sunlight can be when it comes to waking up refreshed.  However we cannot always choose the time we wake up and certainly not when the sun rises.  There are many factors involved when it comes to the amount of light we receive when waking.   Our location in the world and the time we have to wake for work are two factors we have little control over.

Wake Up Naturally

Sure, you could relocate or change your work pattern.  But wouldn't it be easier to purchase a bit of kit to help you wake up feeling energized?  Even when its pitch black outside?  Dawn Simulation Clocks, also known as Sunrise Alarm Clocks, are the perfect solution.  The light intensity of theses clock increases gradually and naturally like a sunrise 15 - 30 minutes prior to your preset wake up time.  The light triggers the wake up process of your body naturally, which gives you a far more refreshed and energetic feeling on waking.  Some models also include a choice of natural sounds to assist the waking process, from woodland grasshoppers and singing birds to the rolling waves of the sea.  The sounds behave much like the light, increasing in volume as it approaches your desired wake-up time.  Of course there is also the standard alarm buzzer for those who need that extra kick.

I have personally had the pleasure of owning one of these devices (one of the cheaper models), and they do produce positive results.  I live in the UK and during the winter the sun can rise as late as 8.30am.  This obviously makes it difficult to get up 7am for a working day.  Yes I could get up slightly earlier, switch on a light then crawl back into bed (believe me I have tried this as I'm sure you have!).  But it doesn't beat the smooth gentle awakening that only comes with gradual light.

A gadget for all seasons

Ok, so these devices work great during the winter, but what about the other seasons of the year when the mornings are brighter?  This was a problem for me when deciding to buy one of these clocks.  The truth is that you probably will have no use for the dawn simulation during the summer (unless you migrate to the opposite hemisphere).  However a lot of these clocks have a built in radio and natural sounds, they also function as a standard lamp.  For me that was enough to buy one and I haven't looked back.  During the brighter months its a bedside lamp and clock-radio, with the added bonus of being a dawn simulator during the darker months.  I can personally recommend these devices as technology that has improved my morning routine.

It's also worth mentioning that sunrise alarm clocks  have a beneficial affect on people suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder.  Light therapy doesn't get more natural than waking up to your own personal dawn.

For more information about specific products, please take a look at the products listed below (UK and US links only):

Dawn Simulation Clocks (United Kingdom)

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Dawn Simulation Clocks (United States)

Philips Wake-Up Light with Colored Sunrise Simulation alarm clock & sunset fading night light, White HF3520
Philips Wake-Up Light with Colored Sunrise Simulation alarm clock & sunset fading night light, White HF3520
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Assurant 4-Year Portable Protection Plan ($125-$149.99)
Assurant 4-Year Portable Protection Plan ($125-$149.99)
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Suunto Core All Black Military Men's Outdoor Sports Watch - SS014279010
Suunto Core All Black Military Men's Outdoor Sports Watch - SS014279010
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If you have had any experiences with dawn simulation/sunrise alarm clocks, please share them in the comments below. Thanks for reading.

 

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