Review: The Lumie ‘Dawn Simulator’ Alarm Clock Will Transform Your Sleep

Sleep is so hot right now. While sometimes overlooked in the past and thought of less important than diet and lifestyle, over the past few years sleep has gained ground and rightfully been positioned as the third essential pillar to a healthy lifestyle.

Having some sort of a handle on the other two pillars, if I may say so myself, when it came to making New Year’s resolutions this year I firmly placed creating a better sleep routine at the top of my ‘to achieve’ list – I don’t actually have one of those, but if I did…

I’ve never been a great sleeper, but things have gotten worse over the past few years. I’d find myself lying in bed, my body aching for sleep, but my mind still whirring at a frantic pace, and waking several times during the night.

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6 hours was considered a ‘good night’s sleep’ and those nights were few and far between. Some can function along perfectly fine below the recommendation dose of shut-eye – but I, an early riser, can not.

The crux of the problem was bringing my phone into my room, and we’ve all heard how blue light from devices can negatively affect health and sleep patterns.

I’d also far too easily get sucked into a black hole of social media, and on the nights I had good intentions to read a book I’d only ever manage a few pages before I was distracted again.

When I did wake during the night I’d check for, and sometimes respond to, any other notifications that had popped up since I had nodded off.

Step one in my quest to master the art of a good night’s sleep was to banish my phone from my room, the second was to buy an alarm clock.

My excuse for keeping my phone by my side at all times was that it functioned as my alarm too. I was a big fan of the Sleep Cycle alarm clock app which analyzes your sleep patterns and wakes you up in the lightest sleep phase.

Although this purports to promote a natural way to wake up I couldn’t help but feel that waking up and immediately checking your phone to assess how you slept wasn’t a ‘natural’ way to start your day.

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So, step one in my quest to master the art of a good night’s sleep was to banish my phone from my room, the second was to buy an alarm clock.

Of course, I couldn’t just opt for the standard battery operated alarm clock (that my mother suggested) and instead started Googling ‘best alarm clocks’.

Dimmable bedside lighting options kept popping up, I was intrigued, and I purchased the one that seemed to top all the lists: The Lumie Bodyclock.

What’s the hype?

Lumie Bodyclock is a range of dawn simulator alarm clocks that wake you up gradually with increasing light.

Use of the clock is said to reset your internal body clock each day to create a healthy sleep cycle, combat the effects of the ‘winter blues’ and Seasonal Affective Disorder, help you get up and feel alert, refreshed and energetic all day.

There are lots of ‘dawn simulators’ out there these days but having started over two decades ago Lumie were the first company to create ‘wake up light.’

How do you use it?

From the Lumie range I opted for the Bodyclock Active 250, which features a FM radio and extra sounds so that you can personalise your sunrise and sunset.

Simply set a wake up time and in the mornings the clock will gradually get brighter.

You can choose a short 15-minute sunrise or up to 90 minutes for a more gradual effect – I have mine set to a 30-minute sunrise.

Use of the clock is said to reset your internal body clock each day to create a healthy sleep cycle, combat the effects of the ‘winter blues’ and Seasonal Affective Disorder, help you get up and feel alert, refreshed and energetic all day.

Early birds could also add dawn chorus or rooster wake-up sounds, or you can wake up to your favourite radio station.

If you have trouble nodding off, Bodyclock Active 250 also has a slowly fading sunset option – plus two optional sleep sounds – to help you naturally relax and unwind ready for bed.

Does it work?

Since introducing the Lumie Bodyclock into my life my sleep has improved dramatically.

I am sleeping 7-8 hours a night, and there are nights I sleep without waking whatsoever, which is a first for me.

Of course, not bringing my phone into my room in the first place has been very influential to the improvement in my sleep (if you haven’t done this, do it, tonight), but the addition of the Lumie has been essential to creating a sleep routine that really works for me.

I now put my phone to sleep (i.e plugging it in to charge in the kitchen) before I go to my room, getting that all important time away from the blue light emitting device.

As a result, it’s halfway through the year and I’ve read three times the number of books I read all last year.

Waking up to a warmly, lit room rather than a screaming alarm really is a lovely way to start your day.

Once I’m ready for bed I turn on alarm which automatically sets the light to dim over a short period of time, lulling me off to sleep.

In the mornings I’m woken up by the soft glow of the clock, either exactly at the time I set it to or around five or ten minutes before.

Waking up to a warmly, lit room rather than a screaming alarm really is a lovely way to start your day.

I often get asked ‘what if the light doesn’t wake you’? At first I was anxious that it wouldn’t, and trialled it at the weekend first to avoid over sleeping on a work day. But, in my case at least, it works 99% of the time.

Since adopting the Lumie into my life 5 months ago I have over slept on only two occasions. I’m not sure if I turned the alarm off in my sleep or if the light just failed to wake me, but both times I do know that I was shattered and probably would have slept through any alarm.

I would suggest that you trial it and see what works for you. Maybe you’ll be okay with just the light, maybe you’ll need to add in the gentle mutterings of a radio station in the background to rouse you from summer completely.

If you have a morning where you really cannot get up any later than a certain time that perhaps don’t take the risk and opt to set the clock to wake you with a sound or radio.

Where can you buy it and how much does it cost?

I bought mine on www.iwantoneofthose.com (IWOOT) for €93.59. They claim the RRP is €111.15, so it clocks (no pun intended) in at a saving of €17.56.

Review by Erica Bracken, Editor at IndulgeMe.ie. You can follow Erica on Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.


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