Contributing Editor Eliza Honey tries to welcome the dawn with the Lumie ‘Bodyclock Luxe 750D’
What does it do? Also known as a ‘dawn simulator’, this alarm clock’s main attraction is its light, which is specially developed to help reset your bodyclock to ease you into early mornings. This updated version also comes with an integrated DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as a white noise setting.
How does it work? The clock, which is bigger than most, gradually lights up each morning to wake you up – you can choose how gradually, from 90 minutes to 15. The idea is that, prompted by the light, your body stops producing melatonin and instead produces cortisol, which is the hormone that rouses you. The same can be done at night, slowly decreasing the light in the room to prepare you for sleep. Do I need it in my bedroom? I’ve trialed this for a long period of time – in the winter it’s quite effective (and bright, be warned), but it’s not necessarily useful in the summer months as the sun tends to beat the Lumie to it. While this clock hasn’t succeeded in re-setting my bodyclock – or turning me into a morning person – I am happy to never hear the ring of an alarm clock again (though that setting is available). £199 (lumie.com).