Why Dyson's lamp is my essential winter purchase for healthy sleep

Dyson Lightcycle Morph will help you wake up on dark winter mornings, and sleep better too

Dyson Lightcycle Morph in a bedroom
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As we move into winter, shorter days and more time indoors can disrupt our sleep cycles, as a result of the lack of sunlight. Dyson has come up with a solution to that: the Lightcycle Morph. Dyson is known for reinventing decades-old appliances, from vacuum cleaners to hair dryers, and this is its attempt to take today's best bedside lamps and make them even better. I, for one, am sold.

The Dyson Lightcycle Morph lamp includes local daylight tracking features, to provide the right kind of illumination at any time of day. It'll mimic daylight when you need to be alert and operating at peak productivity (even if it's dark outside), and reduce blue light when it's time to wind down. It doesn't come cheap, but perhaps a Black Friday Dyson deal will emerge to take the price down a bit?

There are four different light modes. For the mornings, there's Wake-up mode, which essentially turns the Lightcycle into a sunrise lamp (more on those in our best wake-up light guide). You can set it to gradually brighten in the mornings to wake you up more gently. Then, for working in the daytime, there's Precision mode. This is designed to emit light that mimics natural daylight, to help "improve visual performance".

Dyson Lightcycle Morph on a desk

(Image credit: Dyson)

If you need to continue working into an evening, but don't want to end up tossing and turning when it is time to go to bed, you need Study mode. This provides direct illumination, but with reduced blue light, to stop your body becoming too alert when really you need to be winding down.

Finally, for the evenings, there's Relax mode. Rather than blasting out direct light, this filters it through the perforated lamp base to provide a low-intensity glow that's designed to help your body switch off. 

As you'd expect from Dyson, the design is slick and space-y, with features like 'magnetic touch-glide docking' and slide-touch controls. There's also the obligatory integrated USB charger, so you can juice up your phone from the lamp base. All of these features go some way towards justifying a price point that is significantly higher than your average lamp, but might just be worth it.

Ruth is currently on secondment as Sleep Editor for Tom's Guide and TechRadar. The role is an extension of her work on T3, where she ran the site's Wellness channel, which includes sleep, relaxation, yoga and general wellbeing. She was also Outdoors editor, reviewing and writing about everything from camping gear and hiking boots to mountain bikes, drones and paddle boards. She has tested more mattresses than her small flat can handle, and has had to implement a one-in-one-out pillow policy, for fear of getting smothered in the night.