These two finds SAVE MY SANITY during these dreary and dark PNW fall days. One of the best feelings in the world is waking up to the sun rising in your bedroom and feeling rested and alert right when you wake up.
I would be a zombie without my Philips Wake Up Light. It basically is an alarm clock that simulates the sun rise. It gradually gets brighter and brighter during a 20-40 minute time period and wakes you up gently with the increasing brightness. You can also choose between five sounds to wake up as well. It has a bedtime setting that can do the reverse of getting darker and darker until you want to go to sleep.
With the light gently hitting your closed eyes, you wake up gradually and feel refreshed. It’s an odd feeling to describe but it’s so calming to wake up with this thing! Many times we wake up before the sound even goes off on it. This alarm clock has been clinically proven to make waking up more pleasant. Yes, please! It’s great too because it has incorporated colors into the bulb to mimic the sunrise with those orange-ish hues. It has a tap snooze option, automatically dimming display and a FM radio. Have I sold you on it yet? It’s worth a shot at trying to see if it can help you fight those rough, feet dragging, early pitch black mornings. It is not cheap however it is worth every penny since it wakes me up feeling rested, refreshed and happy. Worth every penny! It sells for $137.99. I got mine on Amazon where it has received nearly 3000 five star reviews. Click HERE to view on Amazon. We also have an older version of this light we got a few years back and we still use it on one side of our bed with this new one on my side. The old one is still going strong! I haven’t had to change the bulb yet. If you want to see it in action and listen to the five sound options to wake up to, watch my little video below.
The second light that is necessary to keep your body feeling awake and refreshed is the Nature Bright Sun Touch Plus Light and Ion Therapy Lamp or AKA The Happy Light. With nearly 2400 five star reviews, you’ll see that it REALLY does help convince your body and brain that it is in fact daytime at a pitch black 7am. It retails on Amazon for $51.99.
In a nutshell this lamp:
- Improves mood, energy, and sleep
- Recommended for winter blues
- Re-syncs your body’s internal clock
- Emits healing 17,000-Kelvin UV-free light
- Built-in timer
- For home and office use
- Recommended by Columbia Department of Psychiatry and the New York State Psychiatry Institute.
I don’t understand or know all the science but I do know that it works for us! It helps us feel awake and energized. From what I understand the prescription strength 10,000 LUX light is equivalent to what they use for light therapy. Apparently it is effective in treating SAD or seasonal affective disorder which basically is seasonal depression due to lack of sunlight. It is designed to mimic the effects of the sunny sky with it’s bright white/blue light. We have ours in our bathroom where we use it each morning while in the shower (we have glass shower doors) and while we are getting ready so a total of 20-30 minutes each morning right upon waking. It has a nifty timer on the side so you don’t have to worry about forgetting to turn it off. It is on the bigger side but not giant. It would be great for an office desk as well. I’ve seen many other happy lights but you all know I’m a review junkie and when it works, it works! Tried and true coming at you!
We have owned ours for about 5 years and ours is still going strong with no bulb issues. I store it in the spring and summer and happily whip it out from October-April. It’s funny reading many of the reviews on Amazon because a lot of the people reviewing are from Seattle and the PNW in general. Lack of sunshine is a real problem here! Day after day of gray and gloom can really affect your mood and that pep in your step! Not with this nifty light! So, if you need a boost of energy and want to feel like you have the same energy as a bright and summery day, try these two products and let me know what you think! It’s worked beautifully for us!
And remember, I’m not a doctor and the info I’m sharing here regarding light therapy/SAD is purely informational and not intended for you to treat yourself or others!