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Why Buy A Natural Alarm Clock (or Wake Up Light)?

Updated on December 15, 2014

The Benefits Of Using A Natural Alarm Clock

I was bought a natural alarm clock (also called wake up light alarm clocks) as a gift a few years ago and have been a convert ever since! It has made a huge difference to my experience of waking up in the morning (especially in the winter) making it less stressful and a more pleasant experience!

Using a natural alarm clock to wake up can help to improve your mood upon waking, increase your energy, enhance alertness and make waking up a more pleasant and natural experience. Natural alarm clocks have also been shown to help with Seasonal Affective Disorder and in dealing with the winter blues and getting up on dark winter mornings.

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How natural alarm clocks make waking up easier

Natural Alarm Clocks (or wake up lights) help to make the experience of waking up a much more relaxed and natural affair. A natural alarm clock simulates a natural dawn with adjustable and gradually increasing levels of light and natural soothing sounds (rather than the standard beeping)!

If you are deciding whether to buy a natural alarm clock, it is worth doing your research and finding out how they work and the benefits they offer as a variety of features are offered on them.

The aim of a natural alarm clock is to simulate a natural awakening as much as possible. A natural waking is more relaxed and less of a "shock" to the body and mind, all of which help to promote natural wellbeing, enhance mood and generally make waking up a happier and healthier experience. The light is preset to a level of your choice and you choose the sound and sound level. There are usually different natural sounds to choose from (like waves crashing or bird song - my favourite!)

How Natural Alarm Clocks Work

The light and sound of the natural alarm clock simulates a natural dawn. Research has found that the optimum light rate for waking and the natural alarm simulates this within the body. Light rays fall on your eye lids which in turn sends a message to your brain to increase the Cortisol being made, which is associated with energy levels. This is why using a natural alarm clock is better for your health - it works in harmony with your body and the natural cycles of waking,

You set the time, sound and light level for the time you would like to be awake and the light and sound will start to gradually come on about half an hour before hand, waking you gradually and naturally. The result is that when you awaken, the hormones associated with energy levels are more in balance, giving you increased energy for the rest of the day. Just think of how groggy you feel when you are woken suddenly by a standard alarm! The natural alarm clock's aim is to give you the opposite experience and to (as much as possible) make waking up with an alarm, natural.

Some of the benefits of a natural alarm clock that I have found are as follows:

Mood

The simulation of a natural dawn means a gentle awakening which has been found to improve mood. As I said, a natural alarm clock aims to turn the normal "shock" experience of waking up to an alarm around so that is is as natural and as easy as possible.

Adjustable

Settings are adjustable meaning you can find the light level, sound and sound level for you. The light can also be used in the day time to create a more relaxed atmosphere - I often use the light to create a more relaxed effect in the evening when I am reading. The softer light is very relaxing for unwinding before you go to bed too.

Natural

Getting up early in the morning can be difficult enough without the invasive sound that most alarm clocks use. A natural alarm clock simulates a natural dawn by increasing light and sound over about half an hour before your desired waking time. A natural alarm clock uses natural sounds (ocean waves, birds chirping) that gradually increase in volume over half an hour, along with a soft light.

Relaxed

Using a natural alarm clock means you can wake up in a more relaxed manner, even when getting up early. Waking up to gradually increasing pleasant sounds and soft light is much nicer than the shock most of us get when a normal alarm clock goes off! Waking up is more relaxed and gentle. I have found this means I am (usually!) in a better mood when I get up and also feel more naturally energized.

Healthy

Research has found that using a natural alarm clock can help to enhance mood on waking up and help you to feel naturally energized. This is because a natural alarm clock simulates a natural dawn, working with the natural rhythms of the body. Waking in a more natural manner means less stress on your body and mind.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Using a natural alarm clock has found to be useful for people who suffer with seasonal affective disorder. A big issue for people who suffer from seasonal affective disorder is the lack of light in the winter. The softer light can be used in the house at any time and the natural alarm creates a more pleasant waking experience on those dark winter mornings, which i have found a great help. Because the natural alarm clock simulates a natural dawn, it enables the body to become more in tune with how it would feel on awakening naturally. The soft light in the natural alarm falls on your eye lids which helps the body wake up gradually.

I love using my natural alarm clock, if I have to get up early or at a certain time. It is the closest thing to waking without an alarm and really makes a difference to how I start my day now.

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      Adrian Smith 6 years ago from UK

      Same here Nicole. Waking up shouldn't have to be harder than it already is! :)

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      Nicole S Hanson 6 years ago from Minnesota

      I think one of my least favorite things to do is wake up, so this sounds like it'd be right up my alley. Calm and gradual is a great option.

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