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Published on December 28th, 2011 | by Ruth

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Waking Up With Verilux Rise And Shine Natural Wake-Up Clock

Wak­ing up in the morn­ing can be tough, es­pe­cial­ly when it’s drab and dark out­side, and bed is warm and cozy. I’ve been known at var­i­ous points in my life to turn off alarm clocks in my sleep, at­tempt to snooze hu­mans, and at­tempt to bar­gain for more time, claim­ing that I solved the prob­lem of the space-time con­tin­u­um. Clear­ly, I need a bet­ter so­lu­tion than the av­er­age alarm clock. I was ex­cit­ed by the idea of the Ver­ilux Rise and Shine Nat­u­ral Wake-up Clock, a clock that claims to align the body’s nat­u­ral cir­ca­di­an rhythms so that you make up more grad­u­al­ly and nat­u­ral­ly.

About 15 min­utes be­fore you set the alarm for, the clock/light be­gins grow­ing brighter, while adding sound. The sounds (all four op­tions) make me want to stab things (you can lis­ten to sound sam­ples on the web­site to see how you feel). The na­ture sounds, alone, aren’t so bad, but the new-age spa mu­sic caus­es vi­o­lent urges. Thank­ful­ly for me and those who need to be around me in my dai­ly first wak­ing hours, there is an op­tion to turn off the sound, so that you are on­ly brought to wak­ing by the grad­u­al­ly in­creas­ing light. Though that means you can’t squeeze out max­i­mal sleep to the last minute, it does make a dif­fer­ence in feel­ing less grog­gy.

I en­joy that the alarm clock can al­so func­tion as a bed-side lamp, al­bi­et one that looks like a gaz­ing ball from the Star Trek En­ter­prise. While aes­thet­i­cal­ly it won’t be a cen­ter­piece for many bed­room dec­o­ra­tive schemes, it’s clean and mod­ern. With this clean mod­ern look, it’s rather com­pli­cat­ed to pro­gram. For­tu­nate­ly, it has two alarm pre-sets that it will re­mem­ber and you can switch be­tween, so you don’t have to mon­key around with set­tings ev­ery night. As some­one with a con­stant­ly chang­ing sched­ule, though, I still find my­self need­ing to re­set an alarm of­ten. Ba­si­cal­ly, if you are gad­get-pho­bic, don’t both­er. Oth­er­wise, you’ll be able to mud­dle through with some help from the man­u­al.

The Ver­ilux al­so has set­tings to help you drift off to sleep by grad­u­al­ly de­creas­ing the light, sim­u­lat­ing sun­set. It turns out, if you’ve slept well, it it’s much eas­i­er to get up in the morn­ing. I have to be care­ful not to start it go­ing too soon, plan­ning to read for a while, be­cause it does grow too dark to read fair­ly quick­ly. Still, so nice to be able to drift off, and much health­i­er than hit­ting one­self over the head with a brick.

The shiny wake-up box lists on Ama­zon for about $99. We still think that it’s is a great idea, but are less thrilled about a few of the points of ex­e­cu­tion. We’d keep us­ing it, but hope that they’ll pro­vide op­tions for less hip­py-spa mu­sic in the fu­ture. It’s al­so not rec­om­mend­ed for peo­ple over­whelmed by the con­cept of pro­gram­ming a mi­crowave. Still, it does wake us up feel­ing more re­freshed- so for $99, for the right peo­ple, it’s worth it.

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The ampersand tattoo on her shoulder goes a long way towards explaining Ruth's outlook on life: there's always an "and." With TrulyNet, Ruth enjoys working on social media and writing... and editing... and... Ruth went to the University of Oregon, where she studied music, dance and cognitive psychology (and sleeping very little). While there, she designed classes and taught arts enrichment to talented and gifted grade-school students. After graduation, Ruth spent several years as a Market Analyst at a large law firm in New York. Feeling the pull back to the west coast, Ruth moved to San Francisco and worked for Stanford for a year before deciding to focus on her passion for the arts. Ruth spends more time on Facebook that she cares to admit. When not attached to the computer, working for TrulyNet, or dancing, Ruth rock climbs, knits, swims, obsessively plays Boggle, plays games, plays tennis, cooks, sips beer, wine and whiskey, and travels seeking adventure.



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