Reviewed by Kelvin Tebbs
We all seem to live extremely busy lives, more so now than ever. This means it is imperative to get a good night’s sleep and we are usually extremely willing to embrace technology that is designed to help us get the very best sleep possible, so our bodies work at their optimal levels.
It’s not a secret but most of us need an alarm clock to rise each morning. Normally, our alarms either come from a radio located on a bedside table or with the technological age that we now live in, the majority of people use the alarm function built into our phones. These essential tools are used to help us wake up in the morning and prevent us from being late for; work, dropping the kids off at school or to just generally aid us to help starting the day off.
I think general consensus would agree, that we all dread the sudden moment when the alarm starts beeping and, you’re abruptly startled from your morning slumber. Many of us then choose to utilise the snooze button function on our alarms, for a gentler approach to waking us up over a period of time each morning. Bearing this in mind, the Lumie Bodyclock was created for a more natural and gentle waking mechanism but still provides both the functions of alarm and snooze options.
It may seem obvious but it’s far better for us to wake up gradually, and there is no better way to do this then to use light. The Lumie Bodyclock has been designed to emit light in order to help reset your body clock, helping you create a healthy sleep cycle. The light gradually intensifies over the course of 30, 60 or 90 minutes and this can also be supplemented by a radio or buzzer alarm if required. If you’re anything like me, you may need that added boost to help get you up in the morning.
If ordering your Lumie Bodyclock directly from the manufacture’s website, it may be delivered by FedEx. When our Lumie Bodyclock was delivered by FedEx, we were unfortunately at work, but the driver left the parcel with our neighbour and posted a delivery note through the door informing us of where we could locate our package.
The delivery package was a cardboard box, roughly measuring 23.5cm x 27cm x 18.5cm in size. It came neatly packaged, protecting the clock’s actual packaging box, a benefit if you have ordered this to give as a present. One thing to note, is that the external packaging had a warning label saying ‘glass, handle with care’ but just to note, the clock is not made of glass although I appreciate that the light bulb is made of glass. However, the warning packaging will hopefully emphasis that care should be taken and that the contents maybe fragile.
The Lumie Bodyclock comes in an array of different models, the version we have is the Lumie Bodyclock Active 250 in white. This is a great colour because it goes with pretty much any décor or furnishing. The digital display dial is blue when illuminated.
Whilst the radio does have digital tuning and the ability to store your favourite radio stations, my one observation that could have been easily added, and I believe would enhance the product, is the addition of a digital radio tuner. These days digital radios are included in every new car and people spend hundreds of pounds on DAB radios, so it would be ideal if this version of the Lumie Bodyclock had DAB. That being said, it still doesn’t detract from its primary objective of waking you up and if I am honest, I have never listened to the radio but instead opt for Apple Music or Spotify, another future enhance that could be included in future versions.
The aim of the clock/light is to slowly brighten to cue the body’s hormone systems into reducing the production of the sleep hormone, melatonin and gradually increase cortisol hormone levels. The clock provides a choice of 6 sunrise and sunset settings so not only can it be used to wake you up, but this can also be used to help settle you when trying to fall asleep on an evening. For those of us that may struggle to switch our brains off at night, this may be a relaxing and gentle way to get our bodies to adapt and calm ready for sleep.
This is also a great device for regulating children’s sleep patterns. Parents can set the light to help guide children as to when it’s time to get up or when they should be asleep.
One thing to note, is that the bulb is not fitted into the lamp on delivery. Inside the packaging is an instruction note which highlights that the light bulb needs to be self-assembled and screwed in place. Furthermore, the note offers advice regarding reading ‘user guides’ and that videos are available online to watch demonstrations of how to set the bodyclock.
The instruction note provides not only the contact details for Lumie, but the website address is also given; www.lumie.com.
I would highly recommend this gadget, not only as an alarm clock and radio but also for the potential health benefits that it may bring too. We can all certainly benefit from improved sleep and balanced hormone systems.
With Father’s Day approaching, why not surprise Dad with a unique and thoughtful gift which is also practical. Alternatively, the Lumie Bodyclock could be used as a baby shower present, birthday or Christmas gift too.
For more information or to buy visit www.lumie.com.