It is now easier than ever to wake up feeling refreshed, well rested and ready to tackle the day.
Gone are the days of suffering the dreaded morning ringtone that sends a shiver down your spine while catapulting you into sudden darkness.
A light-based alarm is a far less shocking wake-up method where natural-looking light becomes gradually brighter over a period of time.
We are often warned against sleeping with our phones anywhere near us – both for health reasons as well as the effect of blue light on our sleeping pattern – and a wake up alarm clock offers the perfect solution.
These devices may be small but they are mighty, where the effect of a slow summer sunrise encourages your body to stop producing the sleep hormone melatonin in favour of the mood-enhancing, feel-good hormone serotonin.
Wake up alarms can also help those suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) as a form of light therapy. According to research commissioned by The Weather Channel and YouGov, there are one in three people in the UK are affected by this, especially in the winter months when early mornings and long hours sitting in an office can mean that you could go days without seeing daylight.
They also tend to feature a whole host of other helpful functions like a variety of natural sounds, FM radio, varying colours, reading or mood light settings as well as charging ports in compact and contemporary designs that would look stylish on your bedside table.
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Best sunrise wake-up light alarm clocks 2019
Philips Wake-up Light Alarm Clock with Coloured Sunrise Simulationâ
Pairing light therapy with sound, this clinically-proven Philips option is just the ticket for sufferers of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder aka the winter blues).
Inspired by natural sunrise, the lighting starts off red and gradually turns into a bright yellow within 30 minutes. Available in two models with a choice of 5 or 7 different natural sounds, which include gentle piano and seaside sounds, as well as FM radio and a tap snooze function.
This model also has a nifty seven minute backup battery to ensure the alarm is kept at the time you set it regardless of a momentary power outage.
Philips have also released the Somneo Sleep and Wake-up Light with Relax Breath designed to encourage light-guided wind-down breathing.
Lumie Bodyclock Spark 100 Wake up to Daylight SAD Light
Ideal for bad sleepers, this wake up light alarm clock is designed to help with insomnia. Not only will it rouse you in the most gentle and natural way possible – brightening 30 minutes before your alarm, but it will also help lull you to sleep. The fading light signals the body and encourages it to produce melatonin so you doze off.
The multi-tasking product is also an alarm, digital clock and nightlight – transforming from a warm glow to illuminate your room into a bright sunny space. Whether you suffer from SAD or winter blues, this clock will work wonders to boost your mood as well as your energy levels and even your productivity.
Lexon Miami Sunrise Light Therapy Alarm Clock
This stylish sunrise clock will fit seamlessly among your design aesthetic with iterations in white or black marble or white wood. You will notice straight away the change in your mood after you are risen with natural sunlight over the typical jarring sound of your alarm. Designed to mimic the sunrise, it will fill your room with a gradual, glowing light. There are also natural sounds with seven to choose from.
LUMIE Bodyclock Shine 300
One of the leaders in sunlight alarm technology, Lumie has a range of models to suit all price points. We are a big fan of the Shine 300, not only for its style credentials although we can't help but admire its universal chic grey hue. The alarm itself resembles natural sunrise or sunset to wake you up in a gradual and natural way. You can opt for a duration of 15 to 90 minutes and alter the brightness levels. There is also the addition of a beep sound as well as 14 others to ensure that you never miss that all important wake up time and a built-in FM radio.
Beurer WL 75 Wake Up App Controlled Light
Feel ready to start the day with the sleek Beurer wake up alarm clock that fills your room with a gently increasing natural-looking light up to an hour before your alarm is set.
You can also opt for the slow sunset simulation function where the light gentle fades out paired with soft sounds and a red night light that works to shift your circadian rhythm and enhance melatonin production to encourages you to wind down and sleep well.
The alarm is housed in a modern stylish design with handy additional functions like the radio, six wake up tunes and the ability to stream music via Bluetooth.
This is one of the best performing and best looking options out there.
FITFORT Alarm Clock Wake Up Light
With the sunrise and sunset simulation, this light is gradually brightened or dimmed using 11 different brightness levels.
The device also has a reading light, a mood light with six colours to choose from, a snooze function, six nature sounds and a radio, where you can automatically save your favourite channels to a play list and even set one as your wake up call.
You can also switch the display to high, low or off if you prefer a completely dark room at night.
IREALIST Sunrise Simulation Wake-Up Light
If you are not fully convinced that a gradually glowing light will be able to wake you up or put you to sleep, this clock will pair the sunrise or sunset modes with more pleasant calls like violins, pianos, peaceful forest noises, crashing ocean waves or chirping birds.
This clock stands out from the crowd due to the ability to set the light simulations for 15, 30 or 60 minutes before your alarm time and with seven atmospheric colours on offer (orange, blue, purple, pink, red, yellow and green) that also double as a reading or table light.
There is also a FM radio where you can adjust the channel and volume by holding down the Radio and Up/Down buttons respectively, and a snooze function, although we hope you won't need it.
Medisana Sunrise Wake Up Light
If you’re looking for an eco-friendly option, then this Medisana offering is a great fit. It utilises long-lasting LED lighting and provides the option of seven wellness colours – including red, which aids melatonin production to help you fall asleep easier.
If you need a bit of noise to wake you up, the device offers 8 gradually increasing sounds of nature, such as tweeting birds and a crackling fireplace as well as MP3 connectivity. Other features like a snooze button and an extra timer for alarms after 15-90 minutes make it easier to get those extra minutes of sleep.
Beurer WL 90 4-in-1 Wake Up Light
Beurer’s 4-in-1 bedside device offers all the benefits of a wake-up light alarm and an ambient mood lamp in one package.
Powered by an energy-saving LED lamp, it boasts 256 mood colours and 10 pre-set light programmes. If you’re a heavy sleeper, you can choose from a host of wake-up melodies that can be set to play after the stimulated sunrise.
You can also manage your alarm settings using the handy Beurer LightUp app, which is available to Apple and Android users. Exclusive to John Lewis.
Anyone struggling with the morning blues will certainly be helped by Philips light therapy alarm clock and radio — it's a sturdy build with proven results.
If you're new to sunrise alarms, Lumie’s Bodyclock Spark 100 is a fail-safe option. It’s easy to use and comes with an alarm beep for those who need something a little noisy to wake them up.