Yes, the idea of Joe Wicks waking up without energy or in a bad mood is one that we're struggling to conjure too.
However, by the looks of his latest series of stories, he's got a new morning routine that's giving him a boost that we could all get on board with.
“Tell you what, I rate this. It’s not an ad. Rosie’s mum got me this for my birthday and I’ve woken up to this lovely sound of birds tweeting and the light you can increase or decrease the intensity of the light. It’s a really nice, calm way to wake up," he says.
He goes on to explain how it's going to help with his relationship with his phone: “So, a lot of people asking me about that wake up light this morning, and why it’s good. And basically it’s not just the sound and light, it’s the fact that I can now know I can leave my phone downstairs and trust that I am going to get woken up when I need to, and that’s an amazing thing for my mental health, because my relationship with my phone is unhealthy. And if I have it before I go to bed, I can sometimes be on it until 11 o’clock or I wake up in the middle of the night and I’m looking at DMs, replying to people - that’s not good for me.
“And also the first thing I look at in the morning is Instagram, Twitter [...] so by having this little wake up light I can literally detach myself, just for those few hours before bed and in the morning, even if it’s half an hour before I wake up, as I wake, just to not be on my phone. That is a positive thing and a good thing, in the right direction for me.”
“Now hopefully the aim is, leave my phone downstairs in the kitchen so I can’t get to it, physically can’t touch it before I go to bed. [...] That’s going to really improve my mood and how I wake up.”
For anyone still waking up to the dulcet tones of 'Marimba', let us convince you there's a better way. Light-based alarm clocks (also known as sunrise alarm clocks, daylight alarm clocks, body clock alarm clocks or SAD alarm clocks) work by gently easing you out of sleep with light that mimics the sunrise. Most models also have a 'sunset' option, allowing you to wind down before bed with a gently dimming light. 10/10 zen.
The alarm clock gradually emits light for a specified period of time before you wake up, meaning that you wake more naturally feeling refreshing (and less groggy). Traditional alarm clocks, which jolt you awake, can cause a spike in the stress hormone cortisol.
From a study of JW's story we think we've found the exact product. (Don't miss our edit of the best and a review of the Phillips clock.)
If you can't stretch to that model, we've also spied a cheaper best-seller that still comes with nature sounds, FM radio and that all important sunrise.
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