Cambridge-based light therapy specialist Lumie is delighted to announce the launch of Bodyclock Iris, an alarm clock that combines aromatherapy with a simulated sunrise and sunset, helping you relax at bedtime and waking you fully refreshed.
Bodyclock Iris integrates the best features of Lumie’s wake-up lights with an aromatherapy function that allows users also to benefit from their favourite essential oils. As Bodyclock Iris has two aromatherapy chambers, you can easily switch from an appropriate ‘sunrise’ oil such as
up-lifting lemon, to a ‘sunset’ oil like relaxing lavender. Bodyclock Iris’ features also include 15, 20, 30, 45, 60 or 90-minute sunset and sunrise settings, continuous or intermittent mist diffusion, a choice of a daily or 7-day alarm and nightlight and snooze features.
Studies have shown that wake-up lights like Lumie Bodyclock, that gradually turn on and get brighter during the last 30 minutes of sleep, can reduce complaints of sleep inertia. The light stimulates production of hormones that help us to get up and go, like cortisol, while suppressing those, like melatonin, that bring on sleep. Oversleeping in the morning could also indicate that your body clock is set at a later time than desired. Bodyclock can help to reset the body’s natural rhythms to suit the working day better and help you wake up brighter.
“Aromatherapy is the perfect complement to light therapy – the relaxing properties of lavender oil for example combine with the light to optimise your chances of unwinding properly at bedtime and having a really good night’s sleep. Equally, a more stimulating oil like lemon enhances the positive effect of the gradual sunrise to help you wake up fully refreshed in the morning.” Jonathan Cridland, CEO, Lumie .
“We know that we need light to be able to see, but light is also very important for your mood, level of alertness and sleep patterns. Light in the morning when you first wake up is particularly effective as this will not only boost your mood and alertness for the day ahead but also help to set your body clock which is involved in regulating your sleep patterns.” Dr Victoria Revell, School of Biosciences and Medicine, University of Surrey.
Bodyclock Iris (RRP £160) is available from Lumie.com on a 30-day free trial basis and exclusively
from John Lewis until Christmas 2014.