Are Your Curtains About To Become Your Alarm Clock?
The clocks go back this weekend in an attempt to lighten up those already dark mornings. Waking up during the winter months is always challenging, with many choosing to hit the snooze button a couple of times, at least.
The team at interiors specialist Hillarys has put together concept images (see link below) which show how the Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Curtain would work. The product is perfect for helping to wake those heavy sleepers by replicating sunrise to wake sleepers more gradually and naturally.
The SAD Curtain would feature a lining comprising of a matrix of LED lights. Users would simply set their alarm as they usually do and when the time comes, the LEDs would act as an artificial sunrise from inside the curtain, illuminating the user’s room
The LEDs would be powerful enough to show through the top, thinner layer of fabric in the curtain and will intensify in brightness over a half hour period, bringing the sleeper to a gradual wake up. The light would start with red hues, through to warm orange and into bright yellow over this half hour cycle. The back lining of the curtain, whether that’s blackout or thermal lined would still be effective.
Using the app on a smartphone, sunrise can be possible whenever a user so desires. The app will also let individuals pair the artificial light with noises such as songbirds or a standard alarm.
The curtain was mocked up with those who work nights in mind, as they usually have to wake up in darkness all year round, not just in the winter.
Tanya Irons, spokesperson for www.hillarys.co.uk, said:
“Waking up during the winter months is hard and can often lead to us hitting snooze and feeling groggy. The lack of sunlight we get can cause a decrease in serotonin which in turn can then affect your internal body clock and disrupt your sleeping pattern. These SAD curtains could help regulate this by replicating sunrise.”
The concept can be seen here: https://www.hillarys.co.uk/curtains/sad-curtains/