How I Tried Philips Wake Up Light

I’m one of those persons that always had big problem waking up in the morning. Only time in year when these problems are not so bad are short periods of time in spring and summer when sun wakes me up naturally. It can even be very early in the morning and I would still feel fresh and well rested. Unfortunately, rest of the year it is completely different story. I love to sleep and I love to sleep very long in the morning and it is something I really hate about myself. I regularly found myself hitting the snooze button on my alarm clock for hour and half before I was able to get out of bed and even after that I did not feel very well rested. I said myself that it has to end and started my internet quest for finding solution to my problem.

I have read few dozens different articles about different methods how to wake up easier and earlier. I have tried various apps that monitors your sleep cycles, different special ringtones and various life hacks like:

    • placing your alarm clock on the other side of the room – this should make you go out of your bed and turn it off. Well, not in my case! It worked few times, but most of the time I would lay in my bed listening to ringtone I absolutely hate for whole hour or I would just get out of my bed, turn it off and come back to sleep.


    • develop a regular sleeping pattern – this works great in theory, but its kinda harder to achieve in reality. If you will go to bed at same time every night and your alarm is set to same time even at weekends, you should be getting easier out of bed every morning, because your body will get used to it.


    • use natural light – if you wake in dark room than you have big problem, because it is just not natural for humans to wake up in dark. Consider adjusting the blinds in your bedroom so more natural light can get in the morning. This is in my opinion possible only in some rural areas, because at night you need to sleep in as dark room as possible. It has huge negative impact on your health if you sleep in room that is not dark. There is solution to this paradox and that is natural light alarm clock. With these you can sleep in dark room, but still wake up to “natural” light.


    • sleep in cycles – if you wake before your alarm goes off, try to get up immediately, because it is most likely that you reached end of sleep cycle when it is best to wake up.


    • sleep well – if you want to wake up early and feel refreshed and full of energy, it is essential to get good sleep. Try to go to bed early, do not stare into your phone or tablet or watch TV just before you go to sleep. The blue light emitted from these screens prevents melatonin being released (which triggers natural tiredness). This effect lasts for pretty long time, so do not use these devices at least half an hour before you want to sleep. For the same reason do not use LED lights in your bedroom. Try to read a book before sleep using tradition light bulbs or listen to e-book or radio (with automatic turn-off timer). Make your bedroom as sound and light isolated as you can, so you will sleep in dark quiet place. This is really very important and will help you wake up in the morning. I can confirm that these things helped me.


    • find alarm clock you will like – most people I know hates their alarm clock or morning alarm melody on their phone and i was no different, so it is really good idea to invest in something that will help you wake up in the morning. For me the first step was using digital radio alarm clock with radio station I like, but everyone is different.


    • practice – this sounds kinda stupid, but apparently works for some people. Setup your bedroom during day as if it is morning and you have to get up. Set your alarm for a few minutes from now and wait when it goes off. When it does, get up immediately. Repeat it until it will become absolutely automatic move.


I have tried all these things and I’m sure all of them can have little or even pretty big impact on the way how you wake up, but because I have had so good experience waking up to natural light I have decided to try Philips HF3520 Wake Up Light.

I have decided to try this particular model because it has many positive customer reviews and as far as I know, it is the only wake up light that is clinically proven to work. If you want to get deeper info about this whole topic, check out this paper from Philips scientists.

So I ordered the light and set it up on my bedside table. Some people in internet discussions said they had problems with setup, but I found it pretty easy and straightforward. I have to admit that I set it first just to see how it work even it was not morning yet. I really like that the light comes on slowly, subtly, and with no obvious steps between brightness levels which you could see. Se I set it up again on 6:20 am when I usually wake-up.

The first morning I woke up to the sound of chirping birds (I set up the nature sounds alarm) and even the wake-up was pretty good and I could get out of bed with no problem I woke to the sound BEFORE the light. That is something I did not like much, so I decided to use it as silent alarm, only with the light and see how that goes.

The second morning I had to wake-up slightly earlier than I usually do, around 5:50 so I set up the wake-up light to 5:45 and my phone alarm to 5:50. I woke up in the morning, feeling quite ok and when I checked the phone I saw I woke up at 5:43, seven minutes before my phone alarm goes off. This was really very pleasant surprise and it was the moment when I realised that I’m gonna like this product.

I use it now with my phone usually and at weekends I use the radio function since I do not care so much about waking-up with sound, because I wake-up at 8 am, but I still wake up most of the time with light before the radio would wake me up. Even at normal week days I’m not in 100% of cases waken-up just by the light, but even when its my alarm that wakes me up, it is still much better than it was before in “dark ages”. I started using the wake up light about two months ago and even I cannot say that I had become morning person, it helps me a lot, especially now when mornings are dark and grey it makes me wake up smoothly. I love camping and this reminds me of waking up in nature, in summer and that is exactly what I need for winter months.

If you are interested in this product, check out the reviews here (they also have it right now for very good price).

Check out also this video where you can get the idea of how it looks working. (The steps between light levels in start of the video are caused by the video, not the wake-up light itself).

How To Disclose About Having Herpes To Your Family

When you have genital herpes, it might be extremely troublesome to raise your condition with another sentimental accomplice. Despite the fact that herpes is simply an infection, it’s amazingly socially vilified, and numerous individuals are sorry to say they may be rejected in view of their condition. Despite the fact that truly some individuals will be unable to see past a genital herpes analysis, numerous individuals who are existing with herpes have discovered adoration. You can as well Here are the two parts to revealing that we have herpes to your family. After we feel the time is right to unveil, the following part is the manner by which we uncover. A large portion of the exposure we have complete control over the other half we don’t.

How to say it

To start with, we unveil that we have herpes (when the time is correct and we feel we need to take the relationship deeper). How we uncover (how we say it, what kind of standpoint it’s maintaining on this issue, our judgments about herpes, how we feel about ourselves with herpes, and so on.) gets central; it’s more imperative than the genuine words we utilization. (Keep in mind the thought that the majority of correspondence is nonverbal?) This is the part we have complete control over how we unveil. When we unveil, we aren’t just colloquialism the words additionally transmitting the feelings, emotions and judgments alongside it In the event that we feel completely embarrassed, it doesn’t make a difference what words turn out; those words will be trickling with disgrace. So where are you with your convictions around herpes? Since those convictions will be imparted whether you attempt to or not.

Make them understand you

How the other individual will respond is totally on them. We have no power over that There is a ton that goes into how somebody will respond when you let them know that you have herpes, regardless of how neatly and plainly you convey it to them. Numerous elements become possibly the most important factor simply under the surface: Their perspectives on herpes, their necessities seeing someone, their own particular judgments, and so on will shade what they say and how they say it the vast majority of this has nothing whatsoever to do with you as an individual. It’s basically their relationship, suppositions and convictions with respect to this thing called herpes.

The inclination: To herpes or not to herpes?

The greater part of us in the herpes group put such a great amount of weight into uncovering. Truly it’s essentially an inclination. Everybody has inclination to who they decide to be with Some individuals would rather not date somebody who is overweight/underweight, somebody who smokes, somebody who is untidy, somebody who has an insane family, somebody who has pets, or somebody who has herpes. This basic re-edge takes the entire sting out of it being such an individual thing and places it into a more practical viewpoint. To some individuals, herpes is not even on their radar screen; to others, it’s a major issue. In any case whichever way the inclination falls, it’s completely on them. Conclusion it’s uncomfortable to feel a considerable measure of feelings, whether we name them “great” or “terrible” feelings — every one of them can feel overpowering! So when we are uncovering, those stresses or negative feelings can come up in the event that we give them a chance to Then again we can concentrate on all the reasons why we’re revealing to this individual in any case and let the apprehensions be embarked to the side. The trepidation of being rejected isn’t the reason you’re revealing to this individual. You’re unveiling to them in light of the fact that you think about them and in light of the fact that you need to take the relationship deeper. That sort of closeness, in my eyes, should be up close and personal. Ehic this is a card that is used by people travelling to Europe to access medical attention at a reduced or no value. It replaced the former E111 card which was an insurance card before 2006. The card can be acquired online making it easier for travelers to have it.

8 Best Air Cleaning Houseplants

8 best air cleaning houseplants

Air is something what every human needs the most. without water or food you can be without any serious problems for few days, but without air you can live only minutes. I think that demonstrates the best how important air is for us. We breathe all the time and of course even when we are sleeping and that means that if we breathe air that is not clean we are constantly absorbing into our bodies bad stuff and sooner or later it will have negative impact on your health. Of course when you live in area with bad air you cannot protect yourself everywhere you go, but at least at home you can do a lot to breathe clean air. you can buy air cleaner, but that can be very expensive or you can try some air cleaning houseplants and that would be much cheaper. Here is list of 15 best air cleaning houseplants. You can really trust these results, because most of them has been done by NASA scientists when they have been looking for some ways how to create environment in space suitable for humans. I’m sure that you will be surprised that some of these plants are really extremely efficient.

1. Ficus Tree (Ficus benjamina)


Ficus tree is very well known for its ability to clean toxins from air and also increase level of oxygen in air.¨

2. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

spider plant

Formaldehyde is something what we really do not want to breathe and this plant can help with that. In fact this plant is so efficient in it that NASA placed it among top three houseplants with this ability.

3. Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)


This is another plant that has been investigated by NASA and provided great results in cleaning air from nitrogen oxides and formaldehyde.

4. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum sp.)


This is really amazing plant, because it can do many things and is really easy to care of.  It removes from air benzene which is known carcinogen. It also removes from air mold spores. this is great for any environment with high humidity such as your kitchen, bathroom or laundry rooms. It can also remove from air trichlorethylene, which is chemical substance you can find in various cleaners in your home. It also clears air from acetone, formaldehyde and alcohols.

5. Mums (Chrysanthemum morifolium)


Similar to Peace Lily it removes from air you breathe benzene,trichlorethylene, formaldehyde and also ammonia.

6.Dragon tree (Dracaena marginata)


This beautiful plant is well known for purifying the air in your house from various chemicals such as formaldehyde, xylene, or benzene.

7. Lady Palm (Rhapis Excelsa)

Lady Palm

This houseplant is exceptional, because it received from NASA rating 8.5 of 10, which is the best score. It is one of the easiest houseplants to care for and what is even better, it is highly resistant to attacks from most plant insects. It is also known as one of the best plants for purifying air, because it removes from air variety of bad stuff.

8. The Areca Palm (Dypsis lutescens)

Areca Palm

Together with Lady Palm, Areca Palm is the winner according to NASA and truly the best air cleaning houseplant. It does not only work as air purifying plant, it also is known as the most efficient air humidifier among all houseplants. So this plant will keep your house moist during winter and times air at your house is dry, but it also removes toxins from the air at your house or office. It is so powerful humidifier in fact, that it can completely replace you electric humidifier.

So those are top 8 air cleaning houseplants, if you do not have any of these at your home, than I strongly suggest you to get some, because they are all easy to care of and not only will clean your air from pollutants, but they are also beautiful, so just having them around you will make your life slightly better.

(all pictures from wikipedia)