Back in Quebec, I loved winter. I enjoy winter sports, so I always welcomed the ice-skating and snow-shoeing season. Even running is more fun when snow is involved!
But British winters are very different from Canadian ones: they’re darker, rainier and seemingly endless. The gloomy mornings can make it quite a challenge to get (and stay) out of bed.
The thing is… I don’t normally have trouble waking up – according to Edward, I can be annoyingly perky in the morning! But three years of bleak British winters turned my previously mild SAD into a full-blown one. I had managed fine until last year, when I became self-employed. Having nowhere to be made it even harder to get out of bed and since constant sleepiness and lack of motivation are not conductive to good business, I had to find a way.
I tried a few things – vitamins, changes to my diet, etc. – and after doing some research into SAD lamps, ordered the Lumie Bodyclock Spark 100.
The Bodyclock is not a classic SAD lamp, it’s a dawn simulator alarm clock. It creates a 30-minute ‘sunrise’ to wake you up naturally and boost energy levels. I admit I was doubtful at first, but after using mine for almost four months, I can say it works for me. No more dragging myself out of bed to the startling noise of a shrieking phone!
You can choose to add a ‘beep’ at the end of the sunrise timer, but it’s a gentle sound. The clock also has a ‘sunset’ setting, which I find quite relaxing. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to program it to start at the same time every night so you have to do it manually.
If you suffer from SAD (or if you’re just not a morning person), I can’t recommend this lamp/alarm clock/sunrise simulator enough.
So… Good morning, I guess?