Let there be light: New gizmo that promises to help get you out of bed

With winter firmly settled in, getting up in the morning while it’s still dark outside is increasingly difficult.

But electronics firm Philips claims to have come up with a solution that will have you positively flinging the duvet back and leaping out of bed in time for work or the school run.

The new Sunrise Simulation wake-up light seems like a much nicer way to wake up than one of those harsh buzzing sounds you usually get with digital alarm clocks.

It works by gradually increasing its light intensity throughout a 30-minute period, a bit like waking up to a sunrise rather than going from darkness to bright light straight away when you flick your bedroom switch.

Inspired by the natural dawn, the light starts off a deep red hue before it changes to orange and finally ends up a bright yellow. It has 20 different intensities, so you can choose the one which suits you best and there’s also a choice of three different sounds you can wake up to make sure you don’t fall back into the land of slumber.

If you don’t want to listen to bird song, then there is an FM radio built-in, so you can set it to wake you up with your favourite morning show.

You can even set it to do the opposite and send you off to sleep. The sunset simulation mode has been designed to prepare your body for rest by gradually decreasing light and sound.

Already, the Philips light has won rave reviews from gadget sites. Channel 5’s Gadget Show describes it as a “gentle way to wake up,” adding: “It eliminates the harsh sounds of traditional alarm clocks. Instead, it wakes the sleeper by emitting a sunlight-like glow.”

While there are other lights on the market that do a similar thing, Philips claims its wake-up light “is the only one scientifically proven to work”.

“In order to make the Wake-up Light the best possible product it can be in genuinely waking you up naturally and energised we have done a lot of clinical research,” says the Dutch multinational. “We have proven, among other things, that the Philips Wake-up Light not only wakes you more naturally, but also more energised and that it improves your mood in the morning.”

The company also commissioned research, which found that 92% of users found it easier to get out of bed when they used one of the lights instead of their regular alarm clock.

The light costs around £90 so is certainly a lot more expensive than buying a bog-standard alarm clock, but who can put a price on being in a better mood, particularly if you’re not usually a morning person?

As the light illuminates your entire bedroom though, the sticking point may be if your other half doesn’t have to get up quite as early as you and doesn’t want to be woken up by the room getting brighter and brighter.

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