With the nights drawing in we wanted to offer some information on Seasonal Affective Disorder at our next event on 4th November. We are delighted to announce that local company Lumie are equipping a light therapy room where you can come and try some of their products. You could also be the lucky winner of a brand new Lumie Vitamin L light, donated as the prize for our recently announced Poetry Competition
Here’s what Lumie have to say about SAD and light therapy:
“For many people, the short, dark days are a trigger for the ‘winter blues’, an urge to hibernate with symptoms like having no energy, low mood and wanting to sleep more and socialise less. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is similar but the symptoms are much more severe and can really affect your ability to function normally.
You can use light therapy in a couple of different ways; firstly by waking with light and then by using a bright light during the day to boost your mood and energy.
Lumie Bodyclock is a range of wake-up lights, alarm clocks that mimic a sunrise to wake you naturally with light. Instead of being dragged from deep sleep by a noisy alarm, Bodyclock wakes you gradually and much more effectively with slowly brightening light. You being to stir naturally and by the time you open your eyes, you’re properly awake, alert and feeling ready for the day ahead. In clinical trials, ‘dawn simulators’ such as Bodyclock have been shown¹ to improve mood, energy, productivity and the quality of sleep and awakening.
At bedtime, the sunset feature will help you to relax; the gradually fading light stimulates the production of your sleep hormones making it easier for you to drift off for a good night’s sleep.
Using a bright light during the day also acts as a mood and energy booster, helping you to remain focused and productive throughout the day. In the winter, most of us suffer from insufficient sunlight exposure and the lack of strong, regular light signals results in disruption to our daily body.
A bright light like Lumie Vitamin L can really make a difference. Use it for 30 minutes to recharge your batteries at home, in the office, when studying or when you’re away. It takes up hardly any room and can be used in portrait or landscape position. Its slim design and large screen output (10,000 lux at 22 cms) means that Vitamin L combines convenience with the performance you’d expect from a much larger light.
Either waking with light or using a bright light during the day should give you the lift you need but of course you can use both and, the worse you’re affected in the winter, the more you’ll benefit from a 2-pronged attack on your symptoms. Lumie Zest is the ideal combination product, offering both a wake-up and bright light. Lightweight and compact, it’s easy to carry between home and the office. It’s also perfect for travelling and can be used to mitigate the effects of jet lag if you’re on a long-haul trip”.
¹Acta Psychiatr Scand. 1993 Jul; 88 (1): 67-71