Lumie Bodyclock Iris 500
For the last few months we have been waking up and going to sleep with the help of the Lumie Bodyclock. I have reviewed a Lumie bodyclock before and loved it, so we were excited to try out the Iris 500. In addition to the natural sunrise and sunset functions you would expect from a Lumie it also has an aromatherapy option as well as a host of other great features.
Lets start with the basics, the Lumie Bodyclock has a fading sunset to help you naturally unwind at bedtime. You can go to bed whilst it is still on brightly and it will gradually gets darker and darker which naturally makes you feel drowsy and drift off. I have found this particularly good whilst I'm reading a book (not e-book, the bright light from that destroys the whole thing), I have also found it handy for those evenings when husb goes off to bed before me, which with a heap of deadlines and a toddler who is awake during the day happens more often than I would like, but he can leave the light on it's lowest setting meaning I can creep into bed then using the remote turn it off.
In the morning the opposite happens, with the light gradually brightening, readying your body for activity. Wake-up lights help to keep your sleep cycle on track, boosting mood, energy and productivity levels all day. I'll be honest, my husband loves this, a lot more than me. Since we tested the last one he has been banging on about getting another and with the additional features it's safe to say he loves this one more. For me I find the difference in our schedules can make it a bit irritating at times, for example if I have worked until midnight and managed to get to sleep by 1am I tend to not be overly appreciative of my room being lit up by 6am, especially if by some miracle L has slept in, but that just proves it works because there I am awake and to be fair it is far better than being jolted awake by an alarm, it just means I don't tend to get back to sleep.
Now on top of this inside the main body of the light are two little jars, one for the morning and one for the evening which you get to fill with water and a few drops of essential oil to further aid the sleeping and waking. I have gone for the classic Lavender for the evenings, Lavender always help to relax me so no matter how stressed out I am and how awake I may feel I get to go to bed and start to feel soothed straight away. Even if Husb has gone to bed before me, the scent still fills the room. In the mornings I've been a little more adventurous and gone for a mix of Lemon, Peppermint and Grapefruit, not only are the scents classic get up and go material, it's why you find them in shower gel after all, but the combination makes my room smell delightful!
It was really easy to set up, we didn't even need the instructions manuals for the basic settings, I did have to refer to it for the more complex functions but generally it is really straight forward, the remote control is a brilliant idea as clearly you can only put the unit on one side of the bed, the remote means both people can operate the clock without disturbing the other. It also means that if you can't have your clock on a bedside table and it has to be out of reach, we've had several homes in which this was the case, it just doesn't matter. You can only operate the basic functions from the remote, like the light level, starting the sunset function etc but that's all you need it for.
There are lots of highly personalisable functions, for example both the sunrise and sunsets can be set to 15, 20, 30, 45, 60 or 90-minutes. Generally we opt for 45 minutes but the 90 can be useful when only one off is going to bed straight away and the 15 minute one is great when I am that exhausted I know I need to go to sleep quickly, even if my mind is saying no.
- The aromatherapy chambers for sunset and sunrise oils are easily removed for cleaning, refilling or changing your chosen oils. You can also choose whether you have a c
- ontinuous or intermittent diffusion.
The sunset, sunrise and aromatherapy have a huge range of options, the intensity van be chosen, the duration as mentioned above and you can even set up a 7-day programme, handy if you don't own a toddler and can lay in at the weekend! These functions can be used together or independently, it takes a little bit to get it set up just as you want, but once you are there it is really worth it.
It has a nightlight feature if you like to have something on during the evenings, I actually don't but this would have been super handy when L was little and I was up and down a lot, I ended up putting my bedside lamp under the bed with a muslin over it, this was the only way to get a light dim enough that I could sleep but bright enough I didn't fall over things in my sleepy state!
As you would expect from an alarm it has a snooze feature and it also has back up options like an audible alarm, which is great for the summer when your room may already be bright so the sunrose may not be so noticeable and it also has a power failure back up so you don't have to worry about your alarm not working if there has been a power cut during the night.
One of my favourite and least expected features is the security option to turn on the light randomly while you're away! How fabulous!
With a price tag of £160 it is not a cheap alarm clock, but it is not supposed to be, well thought out and well designed at every turn this is an enhancement to your whole day, designed to actually make you feel better, more rested, happier and it actually works. This is a luxury item and I get that a lot of you, myself included have other things to spend that money on, but what I would say is that if you can afford it, it is a luxury worth having.
All in all this is a very well put together bit of kit, with bundles of extra features that do not detract from it's basic function as an alarm clock, a function that works incredibly well. It looks beautiful, is easy to use and is generally just awesome at it's job.
Disclosure - I was sent my clock in order to provide my open and honest opinion