Saturday 30 January 2016

Review of the Lumie Bodyclock

Hi everyone, if you read my What I Got for Xmas post a couple of weeks ago, you'll know that I was very kindly given a Lumie Body Clock.  I've been using it for exactly a month now so thought I would tell you a bit about it and what I think of it so far.

As some of you will know I have a health condition called Fibromyalgia, (you can read about my health story here), and one of the main issues for me is over sleeping, waking up feeling exhausted, lethargic and generally groggy, as well as not being able to wake up easily and sleeping in till very late in the day, which is something I hate and affects every day of my life making getting anything done, near impossible at times!

I also get something called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) over the colder darker months, which amazingly affects around 20% of the population in the UK alone!  This means that it's even harder for me to wake up, I fall asleep in the evenings too and I generally feel more lethargic and depressed that usual, not fun times!!

So, when I was given this Lumie clock and found out all about the possible benefits of it, I was really excited to try it out and prayed that it would work for me.  Lumie claim that the clock mimics the sunrise, it's gradually lights up 20 minutes before the alarm goes off, so that your body tells your brain it's time to start waking up before you get abruptly woken by an alarm.  They say it decreases Melatonin the sleep hormone and helps increase Cortisol, the hormones that hep you wake up more naturally.  They also say it naturally helps boost your mood, energy and productivity levels throughout the day.

After a full month of using the lamp, I can definitely say that it now helps me wake up feeling far more refreshed than I ever have before, which is really great and for that alone I love it.  As for helping me wake up straight away it worked really well for the first week or so but lately not so much.  I don't know if to put this down to the clock, or just to me.  I've been going to bed a little later than usual and that never helps, but also I've found that no matter what alarms I use or how many, after a short while my brain just gets used to the sounds and I don't even hear them anymore!!  I really hate this and I've tried everything I can think of, I have several alarms on my phone using various loud songs which I change every day.  I have an electric alarm clock that I use too as well as the alarm on the Lumie clock!   And yet sometimes I still don't hear them :-(  If anyone has any ideas of what else I can try, please, please let me know!!  I've found if I can get all my alarms to go off at the same time, that helps and avoiding the dreaded snooze button!!

All in all though I do like the Lumie clock and I'll definitely keep using it, I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that over time It will help me wake up earlier too :-)

I hope you liked this post and found it helpful.  Do any of you have problems waking up, have you tried this clock and did it work for you?  Let me know in the comments!

Until Next Time Stay Happy

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