Valentine's Day comp – win a Philips wake up light

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Philips HF3480_3_big wakup light.jpgEven though the days are slowly getting longer, many of us are finding it difficult to open our eyes and get out of bed in the morning. To make the waking up ritual a little bit easier, Tech Digest has team up with partner site Black Dog Tribe (a social place where you can read more about mental health issues such as depression and join in on the conversation to break the stigma) and Philips to give away a Wake-up Light to two lucky Tribe supporters.

The Wake-up Light has been designed to help those 2 million people in the UK and Ireland who, according to SAD.org.uk, suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – a medical condition known to reduce energy levels, even cause depression, as a result of light deficiency.

This latest model combines the functionality of a SAD lamp with the traditional functions of an alarm clock radio. Unlike a conventional alarm clock or even mobile phone which relies on an earth-shattering sound like a fog horn to blast you out of your slumbers, the Philips wake up light does things in a slightly more civilised way.

The ‘sunrise’ mode means that the light comes on gently around half an hour before you need to get up by gradually increasing its intensity until you wake up naturally – much like you would if the sun shone in through the curtains. Then if you are still not awake after the sunrise period (this can be adjusted between 20 and 40 minutes), the alarm switches on. Choose between various sounds like a cow mooing in the fields or birds tweeting in the forest, or simply choose tune in to your FM radio station of choice or download various wake up tones from Philips’s website here.

The Wake-up Light retails for between £84.99 and £132.77 and you can find out more about it here.

To enter all we ask you to do is go to the Black Dog Tribe Facebook Page, Like us and tell us in the comments who you would most like to wake up next to tomorrow, Valentine’s Day, 14th February.

The competition closes at 23:59 on 14 February 2012.

Ashley Norris