A gradual light alarm clock is an alarm that uses simulated natural light as a method to wake you up in the morning. Sometimes this alarm clock is known as a sunrise alarm clock. At approximately 30 minutes before you set wake-up light begins to get brighter until, at the specified time, the whole room is filled with simulated full-spectrum light mimicking a natural sunrise.
Waking up by means of a gradual light alarm clock is much more gentle than being jarred awake by a loud sound or bell that is the current model of most alarm clocks. There is actual clinical evidence that waking up to a gradual light alarm clock is much healthier than waking up to a buzzer or other loud noise. Individuals who suffer from a medical condition known as a seasonal affective disorder are especially helped with this type of product.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a medical condition that causes symptoms of depression in individuals who do not receive enough sunlight throughout a 24-hour period. Obviously, this type of condition can get more severe during winter months when there is less sunlight available naturally. A gradual light alarm clock can compensate for some of the sunlight by providing full-spectrum lighting early in the morning.
The following are some of the major features that are available on most gradual light alarm clocks:
- You have the ability to activate the sunrise light from zero light to full-spectrum at intervals of zero, 15, 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.
- You have the ability to reverse the available light from full light to zero light in the same increments of 0-120 minutes. This essentially creates a “sunset effect”.
- Digital number display readouts make it easy to read the time regardless of the light intensity.
You will find that a quality gradual light alarm clock generally has safety features so that you can be sure you will be awakened if you have an important activity that you must attend. These features give you reassurance in the event you are a heavy sleeper.
These features include:
- A beeper or flasher that is activated when the light reaches the full spectrum for a certain period of time.
- Snooze buttons that allow an extra 10-15 minutes of sleep before a rapid sunrise starts or an optional beeper or flasher is activated.
- An ability to bypass the gradual sunrise alarm completely and awake with a beeper, flasher, or buzzer.
A few other perks that come with many models of a gradual light alarm clock include an AM/FM radio. The ability to use the alarm as a bedside lamp that can be dimmed. The ability to use the alarm like a safety feature as long as it includes a 9 Volt battery system.
With an included battery system the lamp can be activated at predetermined intervals, which would have the effect of tricking any potential intruders that there must be someone at home.
If you are one of the thousands of people who have difficulty waking up in the morning or going to sleep at night, I would recommend highly that you try a gradual light alarm clock. These alarm clocks have been systematically proven to benefit people who have difficulties with both of these problems.
It is great to wake up in the morning feeling rejuvenated after a good night’s sleep or gently falling to sleep naturally as the sunsets. This is how our ancestors of the not too distant past lived most of the time until the electric light bulb was invented and became part of the modern era.