***The giveaway is now closed – congratulations Sharon!***
For a few years now, I’ve been thinking about getting a daylight alarm clock. I’ve read the reviews, pondered, considered, and last month I FINALLY did it. I’m here to tell you what I think, and if it’s worth getting one!
It’s the usual story – and I’m sure you feel the same! The clocks hadn’t even gone back yet at this point, but the mornings were already really dark and it was making it so much more difficult for me to get up in the mornings. Even though my alarm would go off at 6.40am, I would often snooze until 7…. or 7.15… sometimes even 7.30! Ugh! Almost a whole hour of wasted time and poor quality sleep.
So, after years of pondering, I chose to buy the Lumie Bodyclock Starter 30 (this one). It’s the cheapest Lumie daylight alarm clock on the market (usually around £60), and it has great reviews. I bought mine from John Lewis, happy that if I didn’t get on with it I could at least use their generous 90 day return policy to get my money back.
The Lumie Bodyclock wakes you up with gradually brightening light, just like a natural sunrise. The theory is that you register (even though you’re still asleep) the ‘sunrise’ and your body starts to wake up naturally, rather than being rudely jolted out of a rather nice sleep by a sudden alarm.
There is also an option to have the Bodyclock beep once your alarm time is reached, so you should never risk oversleeping. You can also set a nightly sunset to help you fall asleep, but I don’t have any problems falling asleep so I don’t use this.
Setting it up
This was the most difficult part – Lumie could definitely improve their user guide to make it more user friendly (and perhaps I could be more patient!). For a device with only three buttons, it can be awfully confusing when you first start using it! Read the instructions a couple of times, and bear in mind that the time you set the sunrise alarm for is the time the sunrise will finish by, and the process takes 30 minutes. You can’t change that on this basic model, but you can on the more advanced models.
Also bear in mind that you need to set your alarm every night (by pressing the central button) which has an upside and a downside – you won’t forget to switch it off at the weekend and get woken up, but you will need to remember to set it every night.
How am I finding it?
Apart from a couple of stumbles with setting the alarm at first, great! I’ve found that I don’t wake up until the Bodyclock is fairly bright, usually just before 7am. BBC Radio 2 starts playing on my phone at 7am to make sure I do still get up.
The BIG difference for me is that horrid feeling of being pulled from a lovely deep sleep, disorientated into a pitch black room with an annoying alarm bleeping is GONE. GONE! It’s great! I do still want to stay in my bed, because it’s so comfy, but it’s far far easier to get up than before.
Anything else you should know?
- The Lumie Bodyclock Starter 30 comes with a two year guarantee
- Replacement bulbs can be bought for about £5, although it should last for a few years unless you’re unlucky
- The Starter 30’s more premium product is the Active 250 (£89) which has a built in radio and more options – but the Starter 30 has the best reviews of any Bodyclock model.
One main downside for me- my husband gets up slightly later than me, and doesn’t enjoy being woken up by the light too. There are ways around that – an eye mask, or as I’ve suggested, he could get up a little earlier too!
For me, yes! Absolutely. I can see myself continuing to use it for years. If you hate waking up in the dark mornings and struggle to get going, put this on your Christmas list at once!
After I had bought my own Bodyclock, Lumie generously contacted me to offer a Lumie Bodyclock Starter 30 for one of you to win!
To enter the giveaway, you need to follow me on Twitter – and use the widget below to get bonus entries too! The giveaway will close on Dec 6th at midnight UK time.
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Do you use a Lumie Bodyclock too? I’d love to hear what you think!