So you can imagine how delighted I was when I found out about the Wake-up Light which is part of Philips' line of light therapy and eco-friendly products that help you wake up in a natural way. I've been trying it out for the past few weeks and here's my review.
How it works?
Basically all you have to do is set the clock half an hour before you want to wake up and the Wake-up Light will gradually fill your room with bright light simulating a sunrise. There is also a Wake-up Light Plus model that comes with a FM radio and four natural sounds like birds chirping, wind chimes, soft drumming and percussion instruments to further help you wake-up naturally.
Does it really work?
Before I simply give it the "HUG stamp of approval" I actually have evidence that the Wake-up Light has made my mornings less grumpy and agonizing! During the summer I moved in to a new place with wall to wall windows in my bedroom. I had to wait a few weeks for the custom shades to be made so during that time, I was waking up with the sun and felt great. When I finally got the shades, mornings were a constant battle between me and the snooze button. Of course, I didn't make the connection back then and just figured I was stressed from work but then I got the Wake-up Light and after only a few days of using it, I noticed waking up went back to pretty much like how it was "pre-shade" days - I felt more refreshed, had more energy throughout the day and overall was in a better mood! So yes, it does work and very well too. If you don't believe me, just ask my husband who tells me I'm a much nicer person in the mornings now! :)
Aside from the functionality, what's cool about this light is it has a sleek and modern design making it ideal for pretty much any type of bedroom decor and since it only stands 9" in height, it takes up minimal space. There is also an adjustable light setting feature where you can chose from 1-20 levels of brightness - this is great because it doubles as a regular lamp for your nightstand or desk. At the end of your day, set the dusk simulator to drift you off to sleep by gradually dimming the light and sound. And yes, it does have a snooze button (just tap anywhere on the light and you'll get a few more minutes in dreamland).
Where to find the Wake-up Light and what's the retail cost?
So if you are sold, the Wake-up Light retails for $119.99 and Wake-up Light Plus for $179.99. Available for purchase at Amazon.ca, London Drugs and CDR.