Wake up lights are good to help you wake up naturally and to help restore the balance of your sleep/wake cycle.
If you’re someone who struggles to wake up in the morning, especially through winter, a wake up light could be the perfect solution. They can help alleviate symptoms of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) in winter by helping to kick-start your circadian rhythm.
The circadian rhythm is a natural process which regulates your sleep-wake cycle. Light is a really important part of that process because it affects the production of melatonin, an essential sleep-promoting hormone and cortisol, a stress-promoting hormone. So if your alarm is set before the sun rises, or it’s the middle of winter, or the clocks have changed, a wake up light in the morning can help to boost your body into waking up by decreasing the production of melatonin and increasing the production of cortisol.
This top-of-the-range wake up light has been clinically proven to help your sleep cycle. Not only can it help you wake in the morning, but also can help you go to sleep. Rather than suddenly getting light, this has a sunrise and sunset simulation, so the light will get lighter or darker slowly. It also has an FM radio and a choice of natural wake up sounds.
Promising review from Ilyana Darcy: “We recently moved back home to Ireland after 8 years living abroad along various parts of the equator. This lamp is a godsend for surviving the Irish winter!”
An excellent, much cheaper, alternative to the Phillips light is the FITFORT Alarm Clock. It has an intelligent sunrise, sunset feature, it’s linked to FM Radio and has natural wake up sounds. You can also change the light you’d like to wake up to including including green, red, blue, pink, orange and indigo.
Promising review from AH: Definitely feel more energised in the morning. Usually feel groggy and find it difficult to get out of bed, but this has definitely made it easier.
The Lumie Alarm Clock is great mid-priced wake-up light that features a smooth sunrise which starts 30 minutes before your alarm goes off, a choice of sounds and a choice of lights. This is a great option for a teenager’s bedroom, or even someone who does a lot of travelling for work.
Promising review from Tamsin: “I absolutely love this clock. Wouldn’t be without it now. I have left the stickers on the front, because there are so many buttons- I would forget what they’re all for if I didn’t! Apart from that, I’m super happy with it.”
This wake-up light doesn’t have quite so many reviews as the other clocks, but it is shaped like more of a traditional table lamp. It has all the same features of the other products including the sunrise simulation, a range of colours and an alarm, although there’s only one sound to choose from.
Promising review from Debbie: “The controls are a bit fiddly but love the gradual light and different natural sounds in the morning.”
If you struggle to wake up but you’re not sure if a wake up light will help you, this could be the product for you. It’s one of the cheapest on the market and provides a sunrise feature and alarms. You can’t set it to be different colours and there have been reports that it’s a little fiddly to use, but it’s a great starter product.
Promising review from a verified purchase: “Useful bedside lamp with about 20 brightness modes & the menus are a little tricky to navigate, but you get used to it. The biggest downside is the sound quality on the radio, i guess it’s more inspiration to wake up & turn the thing off.”
Frequently Asked Questions
Researchers at Oxford University have found that green light is the best colour to have when sleeping because it doesn’t increase the production of the stress hormone cortisol in the same way as blue light. However, it’s still thought that no light at all is best for sleep.
Blue light is the best colour of light to wake you up in the morning. This is why you should stay away from digital devices when you’re trying to sleep a night.
Bright light does help you wake up in the morning by producing the stress hormone cortisol. This helps you to wake up feeling more energised in a natural way.
The Lumie light listed is not a SAD light, but you can buy SAD lights by Lumie here. This can help to alleviate feelings of depression through winter,