Some people wake up to the sun; others wake up whenever they please. Most of us wake up when the alarm clock goes off. However, research is starting to come out that being jolted out of a deep sleep may not be the best for one’s health. Fortunately, research also shows that exposure to the right type of light can help align our daily rhythms and can make us feel more energetic.
The National Sleep Foundation has chosen the Philips Wake up Light as its Official Light Therapy Product in recognition of the benefits it provide in helping people wake-up better. The Wake-up Light works by simulating the gradual increase in ambient light, exactly like that of the rising sun!
Starting about half an hour before the set wake up time, the Wake-up Light gradually fills the room with bright light. The gradual increase in brightness gently prepares the body for waking up while you are still asleep. So, if the wake up time is set at 7 am, the light gradually gets stronger from 6:30. By 7 am the light will have reached its brightest level. At the set wake up time, the body has been prepped and will be ready to wake up. The Wake-up Light can produce either natural sounds or be tuned to an FM station. There is even a model which connects to and can play music from an iPod.
It has been clinically proven that waking up with light improves a person’s well-being. Several studies have shown that the Philips Wake-up Light truly improves the quality of waking up. So if you are not as fortunate as our interns, who only have to wake up long enough to eat before going back to “resting,” then you may be interested in reading our FirstUse of the Philips Wake-up Alarm to see if it really does result in a more gentle easing out of the state of slumber.