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Sleep science

Learn more about your sleep and how to make it better.

What is artificial dawn and how can we benefit from it?

Autumn (not winter yet) is coming and the sunlight during the day is getting shorter. It is an inevitable sign of the earth preparing for the cold and dark period of the year. It is also a bad sign for all people suffering from problems with getting out of bed early in the morning when there is still dark sky outside.

How do you feel when your alarm rings at 6 AM, you open your eyes and you see that nothing has changed since you went to sleep? It is still middle of the night or at least it looks like middle of the night. This feeling is called sleep inertia - a transient period of lowered activation after awakening.

We love spring and summer not only for warm days and plants growing around us but also for the long, sunny days when sun rises at 4-5AM and we wake up to the daylight. Is there any possibility to have the same happy feeling when getting out of bed in autumn or winter?

Scientists discovered that use of an alarm clock with artificial dawn could reduce complaints of sleep inertia in people having difficulties in waking up early. Scientific data indicated that exposure to artificial morning dawn light improves subjective feeling of well-being and mood, and also cognitive performance. Researches showed that it is best to start simulating dawn 30 minutes before waking up. Scientists also examined if such usage of light has influence on circadian rhythm - same as bright light therapy, but the effects were negative. The artificial dawn signal is not capable of having circadian effects, however, it is hypothesized to affirm an effect on physiological processes at getting out of bed by activating the system.

Ok, so if there is a confirmed solution to the sleep inertia then how to get access to this artificial dawn? There are some devices that work as a source of light and alarm clock in one. But what if you don’t want to wake up your partner with light at the same time as you are getting out of bed? Then the obvious choice will be Neuroon. Neuroon offers a special feature called Neuroon Sunrise. Normal alarm clocks often interrupt the sleeper in a deep sleep phase resulting in grogginess, disorientation, and an unpleasant mood.

Neuroon sunrise is an intelligent wake-up program. The program uses light to initiate wakefulness at the correct moment, about 20 to 30 minutes before alarm clock, when the sleeper is in a light sleep phase. With the Neuroon Sunrise, also called Artificial Dawn, you will awake feeling refreshed and alert and ready to start the day. The Neuroon simulates the light of a slowly breaking dawn so you wake up the natural way. If for some reason you don’t wake up, the mask will add gentle vibrations followed by a final audio alarm from your mobile phone.

Early wakeups might be a real nightmares even though we are no longer sleeping. It is time to try some devices that can help us with this problem and their functions are based on scientific research.