(Pocket-lint) – Let’s be actual – if there is something that unifies us all, it is the ache of waking up. If you are this sort of one who wishes a completely superpowered alarm clock to rise up, you understand our ache. You could be a morning particular person, or yow will discover that first couple of hours the worst of on a daily basis, however for the general public, the true act of waking up from sleep is a tricky one.
Simply because it is a problem to awaken your self from shut eye each morning, even though, doesn’t suggest that you just will have to revert to the old-school method of a blaring alarm bell and brutal wake-up ways.
An increasing number of common lamps and lighting are actually to be had which is able to simulate miniature sunrises for your bed room, sparsely calibrated to make you get up naturally and progressively slightly than in a single giant surprise. Those permit you to get started your break day extra gently and flippantly, and feature rave opinions from those that use them.
We’ve got rounded up one of the best possible wake-up lamps in the marketplace, and indexed them underneath in an effort to get a way for the choices forward of you for those who just like the sound of an more straightforward morning regimen.
Philips Wake-Up Light HF3520
The market leader in many ways, this flagship lamp from Philips is our pick of the bunch when it comes to a gradual wakeup.
Philips can make a fairly substantial claim to have started off the craze for wake-up lights — or at least to have anticipated it. It’s offered wake-up lights for years, and that experience has led to a classy, simple offering.
The HF3520 is one of the more premium lamps that Philips offers, but you might not want to skimp when it comes to your sleep. This lamp will, over the course of 30 minutes, slowly light up to wake you, with some optional sounds to play at the point of your actual alarm time if needed. It’s got a space-age sort of design to it, and most important does exactly what it says on the tin.
Lumie Bodyclock Luxe 750DAB
Bringing digital radio to the party is this deluxe model from Lumie, a really excellent option if you don’t fancy the Philips.
The lamps on this list have generally got some key similarities, in particular the fact that they’re centred around that all-important wake-up light. Lumie, though, the other big name in this market, has got a bit of a USP when it comes to the Bodyclock Luxe 750DAB — as the name suggests, it packs in a DAB radio as part of its base.
A slightly cheaper version is available that just has FM channels, but we think DAB is worth the upgrade. Either way, you’ll be able to enjoy the classic, timeless pleasure of listening to the radio in bed, whether as part of a daily wakeup, or on the weekends. This is the most expensive single lamp on our list, but it’s also really well-made and boasts a packed feature set.
Philips Somneo Light
Another science fiction-looking lamp from Philips, the Somneo could be perfect for you if you also have difficulty getting to sleep in the evening.
Philips changed the game up a little bit with the Somneo — this isn’t just a lamp to help you wake up, but also one that aims to help you doze off in the first place. You get the standard powerful light to help rouse you from slumbers deep or otherwise, but also the option of what Philips calls Relax Breath.
This mode makes the lamp pulse gently with rhythmic light, while you keep your eyes shut, and is basically a guided breathing system to help you relax into sleepiness. If you have trouble bedding down for the night, the Somneo could be a solution that helps with both the start and end of your nightly sleep.
Totobay Wake Up Light
If you have a tighter budget but still want to be woken gradually in the morning, this reasonably-priced option could be the solution you’re looking for.
Right at the bottom end of the cost spectrum, you’ll find lamps that aren’t as powerful or as multi-functional as those above, but which can still ably help you to wake up more easily.
This simple effort from Totobay, for example, has the same 30-minute timer as most of the posher lamps, and a snooze function to delay the inevitable for you. It even has FM radio bands, too, making for an impressive package at a fraction of the price of some of those above.
The long winter months can be a bit easier if you have a lamp like the Lumie Zest with you — it’s tiny, but has impressive power built into its small body.
This is a bit of a maverick entry, again from Lumie, in that it isn’t just a wake-up light, but also a certified seasonal affective disorder (SAD) light, which can help to deliver light therapy if you need it.
It also fulfils the needs of a wake-up light, with timed alarms and gradual brightening, but you can also pick it up and use it throughout the day to get bursts of bright, simulated natural light to help keep any winter blues away. For a small light, it really does pack a punch.
Philips Hue smart bulbs
You might find that you don’t need a specific wake-up lamp at all, especially if you’re already using Philips Hue.
As a final curveball, we’d suggest that you look into the possibility of using smart lightbulbs as your very own wakeup system. A lamp by your bedside could be perfect for you, but if you already have, for example, Philips Hue bulbs in your light fittings, you might not need one.
There are multiple ways out there to set routines for your Philips Hue system, making it wake you up using certain of your lightbulbs in the morning, whether by asking your smart assistant to set it up for you, or using official routines or apps. Because Philips’ bulbs are often capable of changing the warmth and colour of their light (depending which you’ve bought), you can get a very similar effect to a wake-up lamp without having to splash out for one.
Writing by Max Freeman-Mills.