It’s important to note that I am not a morning person. In researching ways to make getting up easier and more enjoyable, I came across the idea of wake-up lights. After reading various reviews, I settled on the Philips Wake-up Light. The verdict: After having it a month, while it’s not made me an earlier riser, it has made getting up easier (especially in the darker months).
The Philips Wake-up Light simulates the color of the morning light and gradually increases within 30 minutes from soft dawn reds through warm orange to bright yellow light. The light is accompanied by either nature sounds or the radio and gets louder as your wake-up time approaches. There are five natural sounds you can choose from: Bird Song, Birds in the forest, Zen Garden, Gentle Piano and Seaside Sound. A slight tap anywhere on the Wake-up light, sets the snooze mode. After 9 minutes the sound will gently start playing again.
The other feature that I find myself using is the sleep setting that dims the light for a time period you specify to help you drift off to sleep.
- Easy to Use
- Nice Wake-up Sounds
- Looks Good
- High Price
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Playing a video game or finishing up some work on computer before bed may keep you awake long after you turn the computer off. A new study shows that the bright light of a computer screen may alter the body’s biological clock and suppress the natural production of melatonin that’s critical to the normal sleep-wake cycle. via Nighttime Computer Users May Lose Sleep.
There is good news, f.lux, a free program can automatically adjust your screen brightness and color depending on the time of day. It uses your location to determine the amount of light & color to adjust. f.lux makes your screen look like the room you’re in, all the time. When the sun sets, it makes your computer look like your indoor lights. In the morning, it makes things look like sunlight again.
For Windows, once installed it places an icon in the notification tray, where you can set your location and adjust your settings. It even allows you to disable for an hour if you are working on something that is color sensitive.
Avaiable for Windows, Mac, Linux and iOS: f.lux
Another great read from Sometimes Interesting.
On a lonely island fifty miles north of New York City, the bricks of a once-proud castle slowly return to the earth. The crumbling fortress is one of several remaining structures on tiny Pollepel Island, an abandoned six-and-a-half acre crag hugging the east bank of the Hudson River.
Read the full story here: Sometimes Interesting
I’m entering my fourth month of constant wear of the Basis B1 Band and I am as happy today with the purchase as I was on day one. It met my first requirement – it’s a watch with a calendar. Next, I wanted a device that generally captured my activity levels and sleep patterns. Finally, I find the idea of analytic & habit based tracking useful.
The Basis B1 tracks heart rate, steps, calories, skin temp, perspiration, and sleep patterns. It automatically knows when you’ve started an activity like walking, running, biking or sleeping.
The website give you a breakdown of how you are progressing against the habits you’ve selected, an insights section for a quick overview, and a data section that is broken out into: activity details, activity patterns, and sleep details.
The iPhone app not only supports bluetooth sync & time set (useful when you travel across timezone frequently) but gives you access to similar information as the website, the only real missing piece is the activity details.
- It looks good
- Easy to use, all you have to do is wear it
- Sleep mode is automatic
- Depth of data captured
- Battery life
- Intermittent issues with website. I encounter a “Oops…Something’s broken!” redirect at least once a week
- Slow technical support (in fairness it was over the holidays, but still took two weeks to resolve an issue with the USB sync cable)
- No capture for weight lifting or other non-cardio exercise programs
- Spotty iPhone Sync, fails about 20% of the time
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