Philips Somneo Sleep & Wake-Up Light



Somneo Sleep & Wake-Up Light

I love to sleep and I love to run in the mornings, but in the winter, when daylight lasts just a few hours, my body starts the conflict.

Most of the time struggle to get out of bed in the morning, due to dark mornings or bad weather that leads me to turn off the alarm clock and hide my body under the duvet, or to oversleeping when I know that I should get up.

Even in the winter I don’t like stopping my morning runs due to the many events that I have in 2018. I have to start training for the London and Zurich marathons, followed by the triathlon in Cardiff, half marathon in Snowdonia and many other races. 

To accomplish all these events, my body should be well rested and well prepared, and I have no doubt that mornings are the best time to run for me. A morning run banishes my often low moods better than anything else, and sets me up for the day. 

But I feel dread as my phone alarm goes off each morning, and it cannot get me out of bed. 

When I don’t wake up properly I am often tired, in a mood, unable to improve my running speed and I can’t run as many miles as I should

So, I started to research a solution to have a good night’s sleep and improve my morning wake up.

 People completely ignore the waking-up process and how important it is for our health. 
How you wake up predicts how well you’re going to function over the rest of the day.

When we wake, our brain gets a burst of cortisol known as the cortisol awakening response (CAR), which is in fact a positive, natural process that releases stored energy and prepares the muscles for action. The essential amount of a good CAR every morning is critical. Waking up early is associated with bigger CAR, which is great for our bodies. But how can we wakeup in a good mood in the winter if, apparently, being jolted out of deep sleep by an alarm not only decreases levels of CAR, but also your hormones, resulting in low moods and tiredness? 

This, particularly in winter, is what the lack of light can do. I was impressed when I started looking for a solution to my problem and I found that I am not alone.. Around two million people in Britain suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), feeling low in the winter months and fine in the summer. 

There is a hypothesis that the changing mood of SAD sufferers in the winter might be associated with a reduced CAR. The conclusion was that light massively affects the CAR and therefore the mood. Even people who don’t have SAD can also feel groggy and slow in the mornings. 

I was reminded of a conversation I had with my friend about the light therapy that her dad used to treat SAD years ago, but dawn simulation was new to me. Mainly because I was born in Brazil, near Brasília, and there are no dark winters or lack of light there. 

As I like to be informed, I started reading that Philips has spent over 30 years developing revolutionary sleep treatments, and have recently launched the  

They’ll even give you your money back (subject to terms and conditions) if it does not meet your expectations and you still wake up grumpy. When I read that it has a Grump Free Guarantee, I knew that I was on the right track, even knowing that the Somneo isn’t a therapy light (or something similar).

I then found out that dawn simulation alarm clocks come highly recommended by the British Swimming, Rowing, and Cycling teams, no less. 

The effects of the Philips Somneo Sleep & Wake-Up Light are fabulous. 

It gently prepares our body for waking-up during the last 5 to 60 minutes of sleep, depending on the Sunrise Simulation time we set. People who use the Sleep & Wake-Up Light wake up more easily, have a better mood in the morning and feel more energetic. Everything that I had read sounded fantastic, but would it get me out of bed and help me improve my morning runs

The Philips Somneo arrived at my home within a week. I unboxed it and was very pleased with the modern design that added style to my bedroom. I plugged it in and read through the instruction booklet. I was pleased to read that the sunset simulation, with the unwind guided-breathing programmes, helps you relax before falling asleep, and the light was designed to help calm the body and mind at bedtime. It was all that I really needed to read before going to bed. 

I was over the moon with the many unexpected settings. As usual, I keep my mobile by the bedside drawers and was glad to see it charge in the light.

I set the light to Relax Breathe' and alarm clock for 6:25 am and I fell asleep. An hour before my wake-up time, the sunset simulation started from the full natural colour spectrum of white hues, to cool blues, to warm reds.

The colour was perfect for gradually waking me up without disturbing my sleep. I had some choices for the alarm clock  ̶  a natural sound or a radio station. My choice was exactly what usually wake up to in the spring bird songs.

At 6:25 am, the birds started singing and I had the feeling that it was a spring morning.
 It was the perfect simulated dawn 

The next morning I went for a run. The running was much easierI was more motivated and my athletic performance increased a lot

Since using the Philips Somneo Sleep & Wake-Up Light, I feel much more energised and refreshed to accomplish my athletic, mum, blogger, wife and teaching life.

On Thursday, I had the incredible opportunity to have a consultation over the phone with Dr Guy Meadows. The focus was on how to improve my sleep in order to help me maintain my good mental and physical health. 

As I work in social media, Dr.Guy Meadows recognised that I often use my mobile phone at night time. He explained that using my phone late at night can be interfering with my sleep patterns. Using these devices, especially near bedtime, is associated with worse quality of sleep. He explained that the blue light emitted by screens on mobile phones, computers and tablets suppresses the production of melatonin, the hormone that controls your sleep/wake cycle. 

Reducing melatonin makes it harder to fall and stay asleep. He advised me to leave the device outside of my bedroom. He also gave me precious breathing tips in case I wake up throughout the night. He said that the breathing technique has been described as a ‘natural tranquiliser for the nervous system' helping reduce tension and allowing the body to relax. I’ve already started putting his advice into practice and I have noticed a huge improvement already.

Thank you Philips for helping me have a relaxed night’s sleep and giving me a calm early-morning wake-up. The light, inspired by nature, definitely delivered a more natural and refreshing wake-up and a relaxed feeling before falling asleep.

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