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While many of us may be benefitting from a few extra zzzs thanks to working from home, the dreaded morning ringtone most can still send a shiver down your spine while catapulting you into sudden darkness.
Want to try and make your 2021 wake-up call a little less shocking?
A light-based alarm is a far less abrupt wake-up method, where natural-looking light becomes gradually brighter over a period of time.
These devices may be small but they are mighty, as the slow sunrise effect encourages your body to stop producing the sleep hormone melatonin in favour of the mood-enhancing, feel-good hormone serotonin.
And though they can be pricey, we’ve found a top-rated version that will set you back just £30.99.
The FITFORT Alarm Clock Wake Up Light has over 5,000 reviews and is about to become your new pal.
Why we love it:
Who wouldn’t want to wake gently to the sunrise, rather than be jolted by their alarm? Plus, we’ve never actually managed to get up early enough to see an actual sunrise, so this is the next best thing.
How it works:
With the sunrise and sunset simulation, this light is gradually brightened or dimmed using 11 different brightness levels.
The device also has a reading light, a mood light with six colours to choose from, a snooze function, six nature sounds and a radio, on which you can save your favourite channels to a playlist and even set one as your wake up call.
You can also switch the display to high, low or off, if you prefer a completely dark room in the morning.
What the reviews say:
“Worth every penny.”
“So far so good, this really has a lot of functions and a surprisingly good FM radio which I use as my alarm call, I use it as a reading light, mood light, alarm clock and a radio, it can be a bit fiddly at the beginning to figure out the settings, but with a bit of practice it's easy enough, provided it lasts I'm very happy.”
“This clock is great and does exactly what it says on the tin and the advertised features all work as expected - alarm, radio, ambient light, sunrise to wake up, sunset in the evening.”
“This actually excelled itself last night as I was setting it up. I had just set it up and put batteries in when we had a huge thunderstorm which tripped all the electricity. We were able to sit in the dusk, listening to the radio via battery and have some light until the power came back on later in the night.”
Buy it: FITFORT Alarm Clock Wake Up Light | £30.99 from Amazon
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