The 5 Best Wake-Up Light Alarm Clocks for Improving Your Sleep Schedule

We reviewed 5 light alarm clocks to suit every budget to help you to find the best one to suit your needs.

1 – Lumie Bodyclock Luxe 750D

A true market-leader in the light alarm clock arena but also the priciest, the Lumie Bodyclock Luxe 750D is packed full of brilliant features such as music and DAB radio streaming, USB port for charging for your phone and over 20 wake-up and sleep sound effects. Whether you’d like to rise in the morning to the natural sound of beautiful birdsong or enjoy the relaxing tones of fading thunder or white noise, this alarm clock is for you. We also loved the new low-blue light feature for bedtime lighting, which experts have shown to be extremely beneficial for catching those 40 winks – the same light your phone emits which can impact your sleep schedule. Set daily or weekly alarms, and you’re ready to go!

LifeHappy rating: 10/10

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2 – Lumie Bodyclock Active 250

Featuring both gradual sunrise and sunset options over preset durations between 15 and 90 minutes, the Lumie Bodyclock Active 250 is a much less dear version of its bigger brother with a reduced, but still great, set of features. Whilst the 750D offers DAB radio, the 250 offers FM radio and no music streaming, and has 5 wake-up and sleep sound effects versus 20. However, in our eyes this is still a brilliant contender for those wishing to explore the benefits of light therapy with fully dimmable lighting and a beautiful sunray effect, perfect for gaining better quality sleep.

LifeHappy rating: 8/10

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3 – Medisana Sunrise Wake Up Light Alarm Clock

With a design a little more stand-out than the other clocks on our list, the Medisana Sunrise Wake Up Light Alarm Clock combines eco-friendly credentials with a brilliant 7 different lighting colours. A broad choice of natural sounds offer great options for waking up, and the soothing roar of a crackling fireplace is a relaxing treat. Our only criticism lies with the MP3 music connectivity – a bonus feature which would be fantastic if the sound quality was improved.

LifeHappy rating: 7/10

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4 – Philips Wake-Up Light HF3520/01

Third most expensive on our list, the Philips Wake-Up Light H3520/01 features 5 natural wake-up sounds and FM radio, plus 20 different light settings to personalise this clock to your own preferences. Coloured sunrise simulation and a gentle sunset provides a smooth transition from sleep to awakening in the morning. This clock also adjusts itself to suit the brightness of the room, meaning that in even already bright bedrooms, this clock will work effectively. We also adore the futuristic, Apple-esque design.

LifeHappy rating: 7/10

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5 – ALFALED Sunrise Alarm Clock

One of the more basic wake up lights, the ALFALED Sunrise Alarm Clock is an ideal starter clock to test the waters of light therapy – and also the cheapest of the lot by far. Providing both sunrise and sunset simulation, 6 natural sounds and FM radio capability AND 7 different colours of lighting, you do still get some great features for your money. This clock is a little tricky to set-up, however, and isn’t quite good as quality as many of the other contenders on our list.

LifeHappy rating: 5/10

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When picking your wake-up alarm clock, there are a lot of options in the marketplace to suit every budget. Even the cheaper clocks provide soothing light, so it’s up to you whether you’d like one jam-packed with additional features or whether you’d rather save the pennies and enjoy light therapy by itself. In our opinion, the Lumie Bodyclock Luxe 750D is by far the best pick if you’ve got a larger budget.

The Benefits of Weighted Blankets for a Good Night’s Sleep

These amazing blankets provide you with the sensation of being hugged or embraced through deep touch pressure, increasing serotonin (happy hormone), oxytocin (hug hormone) and melatonin (sleep hormone) levels in your body as well as reducing the stress hormone, cortisol.

For a lot of us in today’s society, getting a good night’s sleep can seem like a distant, dreamy reality. Whether you are affected from stress or mental health issues, or you suffer from a chronic condition with ongoing symptoms that disturb your slumber, a weighted blanket could offer some significant benefits in aiding you on your journey into tranquillity each night.

What is a weighted blanket?

Put in simple terms, a weighted blanket… is a blanket that’s weighted! Typically, they are filled with glass beads, plastic pellets, rice or millet to provide this additional weight.

These amazing blankets provide you with the sensation of being hugged or embraced through deep touch pressure, increasing serotonin (happy hormone), oxytocin (hug hormone) and melatonin (sleep hormone) levels in your body as well as reducing the stress hormone, cortisol. The result is a euphoric feeling of relaxation for your body and nervous system, enabling a delightfully peaceful night’s sleep or even a calming sensation when you’re sitting comfortably on the sofa.

What health conditions can weighted blankets help with?

Whilst weighted blankets can significantly help with insomnia as an isolated symptom or condition, they have also demonstrated benefits with a range of different health conditions.

Weighted blankets can be of great help to children and adults with sensory processing disorders such as autism and ADHD. The release of all these wonderful hormones can help a child to feel calmer, and individuals with autism also tend to have low melatonin levels, which weighted blankets can help to alleviate. This helps to encourage a more regular sleep schedule, and are even useful in situations such as car journeys, reading time or transitioning from one activity to another to reduce anxiety. Textured and patterned weighted blankets make for great sensory inputs too!

Individuals with debilitating chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia can also benefit from weighted blankets, as these individuals tend to have lower serotonin levels. With higher serotonin levels, fibromyalgia suffers may experience less fatigue and improved energy levels. Weighted blankets are also said to be great for those with Restless Leg Syndrome, as the deep pressure can be a wonderfully satisfying release from symptoms during bedtime.

For those with mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, panic disorder, PTSD and OCD, weighted blankets have demonstrated a true benefit in reducing intrusive thoughts and encouraging a sense of relaxation and tranquillity – just what you want for a good night’s sleep!

What weight blanket do I need?

The classic rule of thumb is to order a size that’s approximately 10% of your bodyweight, and no more. So if you’re 80kg, try an 8kg blanket – and this rule works for children and older adults too. However, if you’re finding your blanket to be a little too intense, going lighter is better. However, based on relevant studies on weighted blankets, this may not have the same benefits as a blanket 10% of your bodyweight.

If you fall between standard blanket weights and are unsure whether to go down or up in weight, experts recommend going for the heavier option. However, make sure you base this opinion on your own personal requirements. If you, or the person you think would benefit from a weighted blanket, have a frailer frame, it’s suggested to select the lighter option.

What size blanket do I need?

This decision is based mainly on your own personal preferences. Consider both the size of your bed and the height – you want to feel covered and comfortable, but your bedfellow may not want to use the blanket too. As such, you could either get a blanket the same size or slightly larger than you, or a blanket that matches the size of your standard duvet or bed size.

Which weighted blankets do we recommend?

We’ve listed our favourites below:

Our all-time favourite, this super-cuddly weighted blanket from Auria Naturals come with a free washable plush cover to save you just that little bit extra versus most weighted blankets which don’t include a cover. Offered in two weight points of 4.5kg and 6.8kg. Even better, this lovely weighted blanket comes with a free 100 day risk-free trial, with all returned blankets donated to charity.

This premium weighted blanket from Senso-Rex comes in Grey and Dark Grey and is manufactured from 100% cotton. Measuring 150x200cm and offered in weight options of 4kg, 6kg, 8kg, 10kg, and 12kg, this blanket is filled with tiny glass micro-balls, and is totally hypoallergenic. Also available in a range of different patterns and sizes including a funky blue anchor print, gorgeous light grey star print and pink unicorn print!

Please note, weighted blankets are not indicated for safe use with babies or toddlers, and children must be able to easily handle, carry and move out from the weighted blanket for safety purposes.

Our Top Picks: Smart Scales for Tracking Weight Loss

Regardless of race, colour or creed, weight loss is something we all strive to do after a long break like Christmas. Or maybe you’re keeping a closer eye on it whilst you’re training for your next event.

Whether you’ve changed or diet, exercise plan or a bit of both, ultimately you need the right scales to make sure you’re going on the right path.

But how do you get past all the new fitness jargon? Are you looking for a fancier set up that can track fat percentage? Let’s go through best weight scales as of 2019.

John Lewis Anti-Slip Bathroom Analyser Scale

Typically we wouldn’t open with the “cheap and cheerful” option, however John Lewis have created by far the best value option. Yes, it might not be much to look at but if you take into account it measures weight, fat percentage and BMI, this is a great choice.

Tanita BC 1500 Ironman

For the athletes or athletes to be, here are the scales for you. A partner of Ironman, Tanita are well known the market by keen gym goers and professionals alike. Not only is it considered the most accurate scale, it gives you the full overview of your body composition, including fat, water and muscle. We’re not finished there, it’s even able to break this down to specific body segments and comes with software compatible across your phone and laptop. If you’re a bit short on cash this month or you’re just looking to check your weight however, you should be looking elsewhere.

Omron BF511

A middle option with a few of the bells and whistles is the Omron BF511. It’s appearance is a bit clinical but it’s definitely an affordable option for those looking for assistance in their fitness preparations. Whilst it checks your BMR, BMR and visceral fat levels, the process of having to bend over and take hold of the handles on the scales will make you consider shutting the door.

Tanita RD953

Taking into account value for money, performance and suitability, the Tanita RD953 is our choice. No question does it hover over affordable and luxury, it’s compatibility with Apple and Google technology makes it a fit for everyone. As a non-performance athlete, you’ll get all the readouts your after such as fat and muscle, even a cardio age estimate to give you another target to work towards.

Best Electric Toothbrushes for a Healthy Smile

For years, you will have seen or heard countless adverts promoting the use of electric toothbrushes. The science behind this is relatively simple, in that a significant amount of people don’t brush properly and/or for long enough with a manual toothbrush. In comparison, an electric toothbrush does most of the hard work in a fraction of the time. On this basis, an electric toothbrush promotes better oral health.

Interestingly, good oral health directly impacts other areas of the body, most importantly it reduces our chances of heart disease. However, the price leap between a manual and an electric toothbrush is considerable. As such, we’ve prepared a list of the top toothbrushes available, so you’re not making this investment more than once.

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean

One of the pricier additions to our list, but well worth the money. With smart sensors and its own customer app to show your progress, accompanied by 5 cleaning modes and a notably stylish look, you can’t go far wrong with this electric toothbrush.

Oral-B Pro 2 2000

No doubt if you’ve done your research you will have encountered many value offerings that make you question not only why some are so expensive, but indeed which is the best value. If you’re looking to avoid a hefty outlay, the Oral-B Pro 2 2000 does the job handsomely, a simple but effective electric toothbrush without the bells and whistles.

Foreo Issa 2

This funky design will certainly catch your eye. On closer inspection of the reviews it will do much more than that. With an all-silicone build, it’s more soft in your mouth, and has an interesting perk of drying significantly faster than its counterparts leading to much less bacteria. If you aren’t looking for fancy apps or modes, but are prepared to pay for a bit more than for a value electric toothbrush, then this is for you.

Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100

Whats the difference between DiamondClean and ProtectiveClean? I’m about to tell you! The market leader for quality, this electric toothbrush not only has different modes, but different intensities for those more sensitive or tougher gums. Philips also boast not just cleaner, but whiter teeth within one week. As before with the previous Philips electric toothbrush, your budget will need to be a tad higher than for its competitors.

Oral-B Genius 9000

An impressive electric toothbrush. Long battery life, several modes, comfortable, options on brush heads and much more. Whilst the app leaves much to be desired, the quality of the toothbrush stands on its own.

It can be frustrating seeing reviews for 5 star related products and then seeing the price is well outside your budget. However it’s easier than ever to compare pricing, and more often than not sites such as Amazon will discount them by more than half, so it’s certainly worth checking them out.

How Do You Know Which Type of Magnesium is Best for You?

In recent years, food supplements have become more and more popular as studies enforce their significance. A micronutrient with ever-increasing importance is Magnesium. Not only are UK citizens on the whole deficient in Magnesium, its versatility in supporting a healthy lifestyle cannot be ignored.

If you’re a regular blog or review site reader, you’ll notice the common theme is to compare price, quality, and the vendor’s credibility. However the value of this supplement is so pronounced, we’re going to discuss the best five Magnesium supplements and their individual purposes and help you choose what’s best for your body.

Magnesium Threonate

It may be your visit to this site has some relation to memory or brain ability in general. This could be down to an unfortunate diagnosis such as Alzheimers or Multiple Sclerosis, or maybe you need an added 1 or 2% for when you’re studying. Science has become significantly more prominent in this area, and Magnesium Threonate is and has shown to help in these areas.

Magnesium Malate

For those of you with regular muscle soreness and fatigue, Magnesium Malate should be on your list. This supplements helps create energy and use energy, whilst also relaxing soothing muscle pain and helping maintain the strength of teeth and bones.

Magnesium Glycinate

Probably the most absorbable forms of magnesium, this will be good hearing to those with sleep apnea or insomnia. Magnesium Glycinate is typically taken before bedtime as this formula with Glycine provides a calming effect and helps you catch 40 winks.

Magnesium Chloride

Magnesium Chloride comes in many different forms but is more commonly found as a body spray or liquid to accompany your water. Studies have identified a relationship between better digestion and consumption of food and liquid for those including this supplement in their diet.

Magnesium Sulfate

Commonly known as Epsom Salts, these are regularly absorbed through the skin whilst having a bath, however can also be taken through capsules though it is regularly associated with digestive discomfort or issues. Magnesium Sulfate is documented relieving stress and also removing harmful toxins from the pores in your skin.