Dawn Simulators are often found alongside SAD Lights as they work in a way that can help stabilise the body’s natural Circadian Rhythms only with a different method. There are particular reasons as to why you should choose a Dawn Simulator over a SAD light.
Unlike SAD Lights, Dawn Simulators are not medically recognised for treating the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder as they are not designed to give enough light to activate the Melanopsin receptors in the eyes, but they can be integral in better regulation of your sleeping pattern by creating an artificial sunrise and sunset to more gently start or finish the day.
A number of Dawn Simulators feature alarm clock systems and even radios in some models so that you can have all of the regular features people use to start their day in a single, easy to use unit. If you struggle to wake up in the morning, whether due to having to work shifts through the night for example, or even find it difficult relaxing enough to go to sleep; having a Dawn Simulator enables the option to programme either the sunrise or sunset specifically at times to match a desired or natural sleeping pattern.
When programmed, gradually the light from a Dawn Simulator will increase and emulate the warming glow of a natural sunrise, or vice-versa so that receptors in the eyes will begin to respond and in turn will help you will wake up more naturally.
So if you don’t suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder but find waking up difficult, need to adjust your sleeping pattern or have little natural sunlight due to winter climates then choosing a Dawn Simulator is a more gentle and close to natural way of doing so. Alternatively if you do have SAD a Dawn Simulator could help to alleviate the symptoms, but you should always consult a medical professional beforehand to determine if it is the best option for you individually.