It’s so much easier to get out of bed when I’m woken up gently. As a night owl, it’s difficult enough to wake up when I need to, in order to follow a lark’s schedule. It’s especially hard when it’s dark in the morning and I’m feeling confused about what time it actually is. Waking up to the sound of birds chirping and the sun shining is pretty much the best and most gentle way to wake up.
It’s the time of year when people are thinking about gifts to get for their loved ones; a time of year when in response to the question “how are you?”, most people respond with “busy!” I can bet you that with all this “busyness” comes a lack of sleep. All most people want for Christmas is more sleep. This series on how to sleep better naturally shares my tips and experience trying to get a better night’s sleep. All tools and suggestions have been tested by myself and a good friend of mine (who has a lot of trouble getting a good night’s sleep).
Here are a few tips for getting a better sleep naturally:
These may work for you, depending on your personal preferences. They’re worth experimenting with:
- turn on your light therapy alarm clock to a dim setting (one of the lower numbers) while getting ready to sleep
- set the timer using a higher light setting so it will simulate a sunrise
- use your light therapy alarm clock during the day for at least 15 minutes when it’s dark and gloomy outside. This will give you more energy to get things done during the day
- ease into your day with a combination of light therapy and a gentle wake-up sound
- plan to go to bed 30 minutes before you want to sleep so that you can read or write in your journal to relax your brain. Use this sleep calculator to find the best time to go to sleep.
Light therapy alarm clock
Rather than an annoying beeping noise to wake you up, why not a gradual sunrise experience, coupled with birds chirping? That’s how I’ve set up my Philips Wake-up Light to make me up in the morning. This is especially good to use during the months of the year when it’s really dark in the morning. A light therapy alarm clock allows you to have a natural method of getting a better night’s sleep. I find I wake with less of a jolt when using my light therapy alarm clock.
How the Philips Wake-up Light helps you get a better sleep and wake up more gently
The Philips Wake-up Light gives you the convenience of a bedside lamp (with 10 different light settings), an alarm clock, and so many customization options. I like to keep the light dim in the evening as I’m getting ready for bed and reading a bit before falling asleep. With the range of light settings and two natural sounds to wake up to, I can have both a great before-bed experience and a morning one.
I’m sharing my thoughts on the Philips Wake-up Light because I’ve found it to be really helpful for getting a good night’s sleep. I was sent this product in order to write this post.
The Philips Wake-up Light features:
-Wake up with light
-2 natural sounds
-FM radio & Bedside lamp