I hate mornings. And I’m not just saying that. I REAALY am not a morning person. See? I wrote that last sentence at 7am. That’s what happens. Give me 10pm. Midnight, and I will execute my tasks beautifully, exhibiting flawless grammar and grand ideas. Unfortunately, the world doesn’t operate based on my ideal time of day. The harsh 7am alarm means coffee, breakfast preparation and the crazy marathon that is getting two boys to school on time.

This feeling is worse, of course, during the winter months when we don’t see daylight until almost 8am. In the summer, wake-ups become easier. Even though I’d prefer to sleep through breakfast, there is something comforting about knowing there is sunlight nearby.

philips-wakeup-lightApparently, I am not alone, and Philips has harnessed this collective hatred of cold, dark mornings and applied innovation. Meet the Philips Wake-up Light (model HF3505_50). And its’ not just a light, but also provides many extra features to coax even the most timid out into the real world.

Three Reasons Why the Philips Wake-up Light Changed My Life

  1. Over the course of 30 minutes, light gradually appears and changes from soft morning yellow until your room is filled with bright yellow light. A beautiful sunrise every morning just for you. Gentleness.
  2. In addition to light, there are 2 different wakeup sounds including Bird Song, Birds in the forest. The birds get me – and especially my kitten – every time and I start the day smiling instead of with the usual growl. You can also set it to listen to your favourite FM radio show.
  3. When your room darkens at night, the display will also dim so you’re not wide awake too late! If you are highly sensitive to light, there are 10 settings to ensure the level is perfect.

philips-wake-up-lightThere is also a 9-minute tap to snooze function if you’re still not in love with mornings. This gadget, though, may just make me more of an early riser. In fact.. independent research shows that 92% of Philips Wake-up light users find it is easier to get out of bed in the morning. Now I have to find something that will make me want to work out in the mornings…


Disclosure: This post was made possible by Philips. I edited this in the evening so there should be minimal typos. All opinions are our own, and I look forward to becoming a morning person soon.