Light therapy to wake you… have YOU ever considered it?


For quite some time now I have been trialling a light up alarm clock that brightens like the sunrise, instead of making a traditional ringing sound. I didn’t think it would work either but a year on, I am way past doubting that at all. The manufacturer of my model is Lumie.

What happened the other weekend just reaffirmed it in my mind.

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Two weekend days, Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday I didn’t need to get up or go anywhere at a specific time, and therefore I didn’t set the light alarm as I usually do. My other half got up to go to work at 6am, and I woke at this time. No light though (on purpose). He messaged me a couple of hours later, to see if I had done my day’s training. Oooops, I had gone back to sleep accidentally! That day was a busy day full of appointments and a heavy training schedule.

Sunday, Hubby goes out to work at the same time, this time I used the light alarm clock to make sure I don’t fall back to sleep because this day I needed to do a long bike / run session and do the food shopping. On this occasion, when hubby went to work (the light was on) within 20 minutes I was up and about, the difference very ‘illuminating’ to say the least!!

This has happened on other occasions too. On this particular weekend, I should in fact have been more tired on the Sunday than on the Saturday, but the light makes a REMARKABLE difference to how bright and breezy I feel in the morning. It significantly improves early morning training sessions too.

Have you considered light therapy? If not, then why not?! 

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