Happy Friday everyone! This one isn't a Fit Friday Review because of how busy things have been with Sherlock going to the vet and neurologist appointments and just basically spending time with him. I haven't even been able to go to the mall the past few weekends so today I have for you a review of this Philips Somneo Sunrise Wake Up and Sleep Therapy Light.
First off, I am NOT a morning person. I don't think I can state that enough. I'm the type of person that will sleep until noon if I could. Every. Single. Day. I'd rather go to bed at 4 am then wake up at 4 am. Basically I'm a night owl. If I'm in bed earlier than midnight, it means I'm super tired and that's almost never.
Before my husband purchased this Philips Somneo Sunrise Wake Up and Sleep Therapy Light alarm clock for me I would use my iPhone to wake up. My ringtone would go off super loud and it would scare the bejesus out of me. I have my alarm clock set at 6:45 am every weekday morning. In the dead of winter with sunrise no where in site, I'm in hibernation mode. (Atlanta sunrise at the moment is 7:37 am.) As soon as the alarm goes off, I hit the snooze button and then rinse and repeat about three more times before I finally drag my tired butt out of bed. I am never one of those people that wake up refreshed and ready for the day. I'm one of those kids you see on TV that cries as soon as you have to wake them up for school. Seriously. Waking up early in the morning is the worst part of the day for me.
Then enter this sunny alarm clock. I have it set for 7am during the week. It really does simulate a sunrise. It starts about 30 minutes before your set time and it slowly brightens up your room from a red orange to sunny yellow. By the time 7 am rolls around I'm already kind of awake. It's a slow wake up instead of a jarring one. The alarm sound I chose to wake up to is Birds in the Forest. It's soft chirping which I don't really like, but it's the least annoying one to me. There are seven different sounds to choose from that are all nature themed.
There are other similar alarm clocks that are much cheaper than the Somneo version like this one. The one major drawback of the cheaper version is the inability to completely dim the front clock panel. If you're highly sensitive to any light while falling asleep, the Somneo is the one you want. My husband needs the bedroom to be pitch black otherwise he has a hard time falling asleep. I secretly call him Princess and the pea because of how picky he is about sleeping. Sometimes I'll call him Goldilocks too. 😂
I've been using the Somneo for two weeks now and it's amazing. I wouldn't say I'm a morning person now, but I'm definitely finding it easier to get out of bed. There is one thing I wish the alarm clock could do. Once you press the button to turn off the sound of birds chirping, the screen also turns off which leaves me in a dark room once again. I would have liked to leave the sunny light going for a little while longer so I'm not tempted to crawl back into bed.
Another thing I really like about the Somneo is the sunset simulator. You can set the timer in increments of 5 minutes. I like setting at 15 or 20 minutes so it can slowly put my body and mind into sleep mode. The light glows from a sunny yellow to an orange red and then turns off by itself. It's actually very peaceful.
One more thing worth mentioning. The alarm is either on or off. There is no weekday setting that my iPhone has. Which means you have to remember to turn off the alarm on the weekends if you don't want to wake up at your weekday hours. The sunset simulator is also something that you have to manually do every night if you want it.
Other than that I really like this alarm clock! It's very much worth it if you're not a morning person like me.
That's all for me. Let me know if you enjoyed this review!