Wake Light

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    If you’re not a morning person, waking up to an unwelcome loud sound of a conventional alarm clock can leave you feeling groggy for the whole morning ahead. 

    Photo by Bruce Mars

    A dawn simulator alarm can save your day. A Wake-up light alarm clocks bring you slowly in shallower states of sleep. This gradual transition from deeper to shallower states of sleep has been found to wake you more naturally and boost your mood, energy and productivity for the whole day through, as researchers continually find:

    Our data indicate that exposure to an artificial morning dawn simulation light improves subjective well-being, mood, and cognitive performance […] with minimal impact on circadian phase. Thus, Dawn-simulating Lights may provide an effective strategy for enhancing cognitive performance, well-being, and mood under mild sleep restriction.

    Effects of Artificial Dawn and Morning Blue Light on Daytime Cognitive Performance, Well-being, Cortisol and Melatonin LevelS (2013), VIRGINIE GABEL ET AL.

    Now, what is a good dawn simulation light? Researches are testing bright lights which shine their lights directly on the faces of the sleeping people (100 – 300 lux) and other wake up lights are doing the same.

    A good Homekit wake up light

    We need a bright light that can change its color temperature from warm to cold light that is HomeKit compatible. It could be a standing lamp on your night table, a light strip that is attached to your bed or some other solution.

    Eve Light Strip (2 m) on Amazon*
    Eve Flare on Amazon*
    Philips Hue Starter Set with Bridge on Amazon*

    Eve Light Strip in Action

    Those smart lights are compatible with Apple HomeKit and bright enough, when positions correctly. After setting them up next to your bed, make sure to use the Wake Light app to configure a light alarm.

    I used a Lux Meter from Amazon* to measure the brightness of the lights. This helped me find the best possible position and brightness settings for my smart lights.

    Do you have any questions regarding Wake Light? Please contact me!

    * As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

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