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

Disadvantages:

  • 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.

New Year Stress Mantra

Each New Year I give myself the goal of living the best year of my life by reducing my stress levels.  See below the three word stress mantra I use regularly to do this.  Reflect on the previous year, relax your mind and body and and renew your spirit.

New Year Mantra

Poem – My Comfort Zone

This poem is by an unknown author but I relate to it right now.  Let us venture out of our comfort zone this year and try something new and challenge ourselves.  We might even want to do it again :)

I used to have a comfort zone
where I knew I wouldn’t fail.
The same four walls and busywork
were really more like jail.

I longed so much to do the things I’d never done before,
But stayed inside my comfort zone and paced the same old floor.

I said it didn’t matter that I wasn’t doing much.
I said I didn’t care for things like commission checks and such.
I claimed to be so busy with the things inside the zone,

But deep inside I longed for something special of my own.

out of our comfort zone

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I couldn’t let my life go by just watching others win.
I held my breath; I stepped outside and let the change begin.
I took a step and with new strength I’d never felt before,
I kissed my comfort zone goodbye and closed and locked the door.

If you’re in a comfort zone,
Afraid to venture out,
Remember that all winners were at one time filled with doubt.
A step or two and words of praise can make your dreams come true.
Reach for your future with a smile; success is there for you!