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Shine on despite the darkness outside
by Jessica |  Jan 3, 2013

Winter means two things to me - getting the opportunity to master my layering skills and searching for my keys in the dark at five o'clock - a.m. and p.m.! It can be such a drag if you're a working girl like me to both enter and leave your apartment in the dark.

However, don't let the wintertime blues get you down when you can shine instead! I bought the verilux rise + shine natural wake-up light to help me get out of bed each morning, but it actually can make for a great source of natural light any time during the day.

If you're worried about a bright, white light glaring into your eyes in the morning, don't fret! What I love about the verilux light is that you're able to select your light intensity from 20 levels, and the light gradually dims at night time, giving you the feeling that the sun is setting as you lay your head to rest.

In the morning, the light progressively turns back on, beginning 15 minutes before you wake up. This helps your body get back on normal sleeping and waking patterns, which may have been skewed by the dark days of winter.

If you're like me, you might be worried about the prospect of waking up without a noise. After all, it pretty much takes a bulldozer to get me out of bed. Fortunately, the clock offers four different natural soundscapes, so you can get the feeling of waking up outdoors. You also have the option of queuing it up to FM radio so you can dance your way out of bed. After all, who doesn't love a little spring in their step in the morning? The real spring will be here before we know it... 

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