Wake Up Light Review

Wake up Light Review of the Philips HF3520 Wake-Up Light With Colored Sunrise Simulation, White.

The Philips Wake Up Light helps to wake you in a natural and gentle way with light and natural sounds. Why would you need this? Some of us find it difficult to wake up in the morning or even to get a good night’s sleep and this alarm with lights will help you with both.In winter it is particularly difficult as it may be before sunrise or very low light when we have to get up so the alarm goes off while it is still dark. We can also suffer from seasonal affective disorder which is also known as SAD disorder which is due to lack of light.

How to recognize if you have Seasonal Affective Disorder Symptoms:

People with SAD disorder often experience:

  • Low energy
  • Lack of concentration
  • Irritability
  • Fearfulness
  • Tiredness
  • Drop in self-esteem
  • Decrease in every day interest
  • Lack of sex drive
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Being tearful
  • Poor sleep pattern
  • Feelings of despair

I can see at least four of these symptoms that I suffer from in winter. The alarm will wake you slowly by increasing the light from a warm orange glow to white, mimicking the sunrise or the increased light of summer mornings before the alarm goes off. The alarm has a choice of the radio or 5 sounds which increase in volume.

They are: Bird song, Bird in the forest, Zen garden, Gentle piano, and Seaside sounds.

The advantages of waking up this way is that you feel less tired, more refreshed and have an increased energy level because of a better sleep pattern. This also solves three symptoms of SAD disorder.

Other benefits of the Philips HF3520 wake up light are:

  • Adjustable sunrise simulation
  • Self adjusting brightness control
  • Dusk simulation
  • Works on 120 to 220 volts
  • Two alarms can be set, one for weekday and one for weekend
  • Two year warranty
  • You can use as a regular radio
  • 20 Dimmer settings
  • Has a snooze button
  • Has a weekly alarm setting that you can set up
  • Light bulb is a LED which lasts the life of the clock


  • No battery backup so not portable
  • No white noise sounds
  • Will be affected by power outages
  • Displays only time and not date or day

Watch the video below to see how it looks.

The bottom line with this wake up light review is cost. The cost at around $150 – $160 is comparable with other alarms with light but a lot more expensive than your average budget alarm clock. You cant really compare apples with oranges. But if you have trouble with waking up in the morning or even going to sleep at night then the extra cost will be worth it. Sufferers of SAD disorder, also called ‘the winter blues’, will also benefit from using this light clock to reduce at least three symptoms as stated above.

I recommend you buy this wake up clock from Amazon as there are a few choices of supplier there and you get the peace of mind buying through them if anything may go wrong. Click on this link to see this product on the Amazon store.

Your positive affirmations to absolute calm

Positive affirmations can change the way you see yourself and help you change your existing thoughts as they work on the subconscious mind. With positive affirmations you can feed your brain new information and instructions for a better mental state and subsequently better life. You can achieve absolute calm at last.

Positive affirmations do work and you should be using them to make the most of your life especially your mental health.  Also remember that your affirmations should be achievable and specific eg I am relaxed and friendly in social situations this year or another one could be – I release all of my negative emotion.

Try positive affirmations for a more positive you.  Your subconscious will listen.  It only takes a few minutes a day but it can make a big different in your positive outlook.

I think this quote says it all:

The best way to predict the future is to create it!…. Jason Kaufmann

Here are a few of my own positive affirmation for absolute calm:

I am strong, relaxed, loving and perfect
I am thankful for such a good life
I am happy and fulfilled this year
I am healthy and wealthy in every way
I am in control
I am at peace with myself and others
I create the life I want
My body heals itself
My life is unlimited
I have the support of others
I am free

Make your own and say them regularly at least in the morning (in the shower) and last thing at night.  If you want to write your own affirmations, but don’t know how to start, then there is technology called Affirm Now that can help. To check it out Click Here!

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Herbal stress relief

Some of the most popular stress relief herbs are:

Ashwagandha Root is said to make you calm even as it makes you strong. The antioxidant effect of active principles of this herb may explain, at least in part, its reported anti-stress properties.



Valerian Root contains chemicals with sedative properties to help with an improvement in sleep without morning grogginess or other side effects which leads to a greater overall sense of well being.

Kava Kava which is a member of the pepper family. Kava is consumed as a drink or supplement. In small doses, its effects include muscle relaxation, sleepiness and feelings of well being but is to be taken only in the short-term.

Passion Flower is a popular anti-anxiety remedy, that makes you calm and may help relieve anxiety related stress. The fresh or dried leaves are used to make an infusion, a tea which has been found to contain beta-carboline harmala alkaloids.

St. Johns Wort has been used to treat nervous conditions since ancient Greek times. Clinical studies revealed that it can relieve anxiety and stress. This is probably the most popular plant used for herbal stress relief. Extracts are usually in tablet or capsule form, and also in teabags and tinctures.



Chamomile has a wonderfully soothing, sedative and absolutely harmless effect so it is the perfect herbal stress relief remedy. The Chamomile flower is brewed as a bitter herb tea infusion. It is also used for preventing nightmares.

Lemon Balm is used medicinally as a herbal tea, or in extract form. It is used as a mild sedative or calming agent. At least one study has found it to be effective for stress relief. Grow it yourself and chop it and spread over your salads.

Hops are more frequently combined with other herbs, like valerian. The relaxing effects of hops is largely due to a specific chemical component: dimethylvinyl carbinol.

Herbal stress relief is worthwhile in pursuing but when purchasing herbs (processed not fresh) try to find out the growing conditions of the herb, the plant parts that are used, time and method of harvest, extraction and other manufacturing processes, and storage. I understand that is not always possible so at least read the labels and I suggest you buy reputable brands so at least you can rely on their reputation for supplying you with a quality product.

I have found that the best one is the one that works best for YOU. Trial and error is the key to success with these herbs.