This wake-up light is your weapon against cold, dark mornings

Struggling to wake up on dark mornings? The Philips Somneo is the answer

Philips Somneo Sleep and Wake-up Light

Here’s your weapon against those dark winter mornings when you really don’t want to get out of bed: the Philips Somneo Sleep and Wake-up Light. It sits at number one in our best wake-up lights guide and it provides a much gentler waking experience than a beeping alarm clock or the sudden change in brightness when you switch on a bedside light on a dark morning.

The Somneo works by emitting a soft red glow a set time before you want to get up – the default time is 30 minutes but you can adjust it. Over the next 30 minutes the light gets gradually brighter through orange and then finally to bright yellow, simulating a sunrise. You can also add an audio accompaniment in the form of nature sounds or your favourite FM radio station if you wish.

The result is that you wake up more naturally instead of being jarred awake by a traditional alarm, and you will then leap out of bed, whistling, instead of requiring a winch.

The light can also help you wind down at the end of the day, as it features sunset simulation, where the light gradually fades to black. There's a guided breathing mode, too, with seven rhythms of light intensity or sound to follow with your breathing, helping you relax.

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Paul Douglas
Paul Douglas

Paul started his career in publishing 25 years ago, working on a print magazine that consisted mainly of website listings because Google had not yet been invented. He worked in print for over 10 years on various computing titles including .net magazine and the Official Windows Magazine before moving to TechRadar.com in 2008, eventually becoming Global Editor-in-Chief for the brand, overseeing teams in the US, UK and Australia. Following that, Paul has been Global Editor-in-Chief of BikeRadar and T3 (not at the same time) and is now Content Director at T3 and still finds time to write for the site from time to time. In 2021, Paul also worked on the launches of FitandWell.com and PetsRadar.