I’ve always been one of those people who says “there just isn’t enough hours in the day!”. What with working a 9-5, the commute, going to the gym, seeing family, seeing friends, catching up on housework; the list goes on. I’ve made a conscious effort this year to make a regular gym routine. So far so good, however in order to fit everything into my day, it means a measly 4.30AM start on a week day.
Now, let me start by telling you that I am. NOT. a morning. person. At all. So the thought of a 4.30AM start is actually hellish for me. In fact, I am one of these people who is forever tired no matter how many hours of sleep I get.
If I’m honest, I got sick to death of feeling tired and after being told time and time again by my doctor that I am tired because I am deficient in vitamin D (old news, dude) I decided to take it upon myself to do a bit of research myself.
Two of the reoccurring things that came up throughout my research was that 1. I most likely have SAD (seasonal affective disorder- my mood changes with the seasons. Dark weather= sad megs) and 2. I need to try a lumie bodyclock. Lumie do a variety of different lights tailored to different needs. They have SAD & energy lights (tailored towards SAD), skincare lights (acne etc), wake up lights (help you wake up) and kids (night lights etc).
The wake up alarms come in two- The Bodyclock and sunrise alarm. I purchased the Lumie Bodyclock Rise 100 with the intention of helping me wake up for my 4.30 start and I thought I’d journal the first 7 mornings of using it.
Settled down into bed at around 8.30pm the night before, watched a video on how to set my bodyclock up, set my alarm for 4.30. *luckily* future meg told me I might want to set my iPhone alarm just in case. Thank the lord I did, Cos my dumb-arse set it up wrong. *note to self, press the middle button AGAIN once alarm is set, to turn the alarm on.
Actually managed to set the alarm properly with the help of one of my pals on Instagram. Woke up to a blinding light and a horrific alarm. Thought my house had burnt down and I was at the gates of heaven (or hell tbf). I realised this was such a shock to me because my eyes must of been under the quilt as the room got lighter.
Said pal also advised to turn the alarm off and just use the light paired with my normal iPhone alarm. Omg so much better! I didn’t necessarily jump out of bed, however waking up was much less of a shock.
Morning 4 – Day one of period
Wasn’t feeling on top form, however, waking up wasn’t too much of a problem. I felt as if the alarm definitely gradually got me up.
Bad period pain, however it still got me up. The day felt much less stressful and I didn’t feel too tired by the end of the day.
Morning 6 – Saturday mooooooornin’
I actually woke before my alarm! It was set for 8AM and I woke at around 7.20Am. The sunrise DEFINITELY helped as I got up within 20 minutes and headed to the gym.
Morning 7 – Sunday morning
I wasn’t too bothered about setting an alarm, however I decided to pop the sunrise light on without any sound. I woke at around 8AM and felt FRESH!
As you can see, I wasn’t joking when I said I wasn’t a morning person. I genuinely think I would just never wake up if it wasn’t for the disgusting sound of my iphone alarm. I have now been using the alarm for just over a month and it has definitely made me a bit of a happier person. All in all, this was definitely a good investment and I would recommend if wake up early isn’t your forte.