Struggling to doze off and wake up? So was I until I discovered the Lumie Bodyclock
⏰ I tried it for: Four years
⭐ I rate it: 5/5
🛍️ Why it’s worth buying: It mimics the sunrise and sunset, making waking up and falling asleep easier than ever. There's no blaring foghorn alarm and, within a week of buying it, I was sleeper better.
📉 Its biggest drawback: It's a rather pricey £71.99.
I've never been very good at getting a decent amount of sleep – mainly because I'll spend hours scrolling on my phone in bed – but buying the Lumie Bodyclock Spark 100 four years ago has been a game-changer.
For the uninitiated, Lumie makes a range of bedside and SAD lamps designed to mimic natural light, the sunrise and sunset.
Its Bodyclocks are specifically for aiding sleep, doubling up as an alarm clock with settings that will help you doze off faster, sleep better for longer and wake up more easily.
You may be thinking £71.99 for essentially a fancy bedside light is unnecessary, and I did too until I owned one myself.
Having used it daily for nearly half a decade, it's made such a difference to the quality of my sleep that I was very keen to share my honest verdict. Read on to find out why I think it's a night-time essential.
🛍️ Why it’s worth buying
Firstly, it has a very simple set-up. All you need to do is plug it in to get started, then choose your alarm time, brightness and volume setting between one and five. I prefer number four as it's just loud enough to wake me up but doesn't feel like an abrupt awakening.
If like me, you love a snooze button, just tap the dome to give yourself another five minutes – I often reach out to tap it from under my duvet.
The sunrise feature allows the lamp to gradually get brighter simultaneously with the alarm sound for a more gradual experience, rather than rushing to turn off a blaring iPhone.
Of course, throughout the day and before bed you can use it solely as a warm bedside lamp too, but my favourite feature is the sunset setting. This fades the light over 30 minutes, from a warm white, pink, orange then red, which makes you feel more sleepy so by the time the light turns itself off, I'm usually drifting off.
Lastly, the domed design is minimal and sleek, and doesn't take up much space on my bedside.
📉 Its biggest drawback
The only downside to the Lumie Bodyclock Spark 100 is the initial up-front cost – over £70 is a lot of money.
However, having owned one for four years and used it daily, the cost per day over a year averages out to just 19p, and I'm a firm believer that the best investment you can make is in your bedding, from your pillows to your alarm clock.
You simply can't beat a good night's sleep.
💰 Best deals we can find right now
That's not to say that you have to pay full price for the Lumie Bodyclock Spark 100.
At some retailers, it sells for an RRP of £99, but we've found it available for £71.99 at John Lewis, Amazon and Currys.
It's also reduced from £99 to £84 currently at Boots.
Shop it now: Lumie Bodyclock Spark 100 Wake up to Daylight Table Lamp | £71.99 from John Lewis
£71.99 at John Lewis £71.99
£99 at Amazon £71.99 £99.99 at Currys £84 £99 at Boots