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Light Therapy for SAD

Wake-up lights, SAD lights and acne light therapy

Many people have to get up earlier than they'd like - to commute, start shift work or to train - and find it a struggle to get going. Teenagers often languish in bed because they stayed up late. Some people would simply say they are 'not a morning person'. Whatever the reason, many of us do not f...

Wake-up lights, SAD lights and acne light therapy

Many people have to get up earlier than they'd like - to commute, start shift work or to train - and find it a struggle to get going. Teenagers often languish in bed because they stayed up late. Some people would simply say they are 'not a morning person'. Whatever the reason, many of us do not feel awake in the mornings. We manage, but we are not at our best, and often become fatigued later in the day.

Finding it hard to get up is often a biological problem, where the systems in our brain that control our sleep have got out of sync. This creates sleep inertia, the inability to feel alert and perform when we first awake.

Feeling awake through light therapy

Studies have shown that wake-up lights like Lumie Bodyclock, that gradually turn on and get brighter during the last 30 minutes of sleep, can reduce complaints of sleep inertia. The light stimulates production of hormones that help us to get up and go, while suppressing those that bring on sleep.

Oversleeping in the morning could also indicate that your body clock is set at a later time than desired. The light of Bodyclock can help to reset the body’s natural rhythms to suit the working day better and make you feel more awake and refreshed when you have to get up. Lumie’s lightboxes, which can be switched on while you eat breakfast, will also help to reset the body clock.

Adjusting your body clock with bright light will not only help you to feel more awake in the morning. It will lift your mood, energy and productivity all day, and help you to feel ready for sleep when it’s time for bed.

Many people eat and sleep slightly more in winter and dislike the dark mornings and short days. This is known as 'winter blues’. Others have more severe symptoms which such as sleep problems, withdrawal, overeating, depression, anxiety and lethargy. These often lead to difficulties at home, work and in relationships. This is a recognised problem known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

SAD is caused by the lack of bright light in winter. Light entering our eyes stimulates our brain to control our daily rhythms through hormone production. In some people, the low levels of light in winter are insufficient to regulate the hormones that affect our waking up and sleeping, our feeling energised or depressed.

Treating SAD with light therapy

To treat SAD, most sufferers need light to their eyes as bright as a spring morning on a clear day, for around 30 minutes a day. The light must be at least 2,000 lux (the technical measure of brightness), which is roughly four times brighter than a well-lit office.

Lumie has designed lightboxes up to 10,000 lux that allow shorter treatment times and the option of sitting further away. They can be used while working or at home watching TV. Others are designed for travelling. Whether you have SAD from low light or milder winter blues, bright light is proven to tackle symptoms, put you in a better mood and make you feel more awake.

Lumie also invented Bodyclock, to wake you gradually with increasing natural light. This provides a natural signal to your body to adjust hormone levels, keeping your sleep cycle on track and boosting mood, energy and productivity levels all day. Bodyclock is an effective winter blues option and can be a useful complement to a lightbox in treating more severe SAD.

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    Pair of light therapy glasses for Seasonal Affected Disorder (SAD) and sleep disorders

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    The perfect wake-up light for Seasonal Affected Disorder (SAD) and sleep disordersBodyclock Starter 30 is our most affordable Bodyclock, the ideal introduction to waking with light. Bodyclock is the refreshing way to wake up. It's effective for healthy sleep, sports training, energy at work, and a useful complement to a lightbox in treating SAD.

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    Get up and go wake up light with additional sounds for Seasonal Affected Disorder (SAD) and sleep disordersBodyclock GO 75 comes with a choice of wake-up sounds to go with the light, including Big Ben chimes and a dawn chorus Bodyclock is the refreshing way to wake up. It's effective for healthy sleep, sports training, energy at work, and a useful...

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    Bedside wake-up light with radio and audio options for Seasonal Affected Disorder (SAD) and sleep disordersBodyclock Active 250 adds audio options to versatile light settings to make an all-purpose bedroom light. Bodyclock is the refreshing way to wake up. It's effective for healthy sleep, sports training, energy at work, and a useful complement to a...

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    Aromatherapy options to drift off with a sunset and wake up with sunrise for Seasonal Affected Disorder (SAD) and sleep disordersLumie Bodyclock Iris 500 combines the benefits of a gradual sunset and sunrise with aromatherapy. Bodyclock is the refreshing way to wake up. It's effective for healthy sleep, sports training, energy at work, and a useful...

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    Complete light and sound experience for easier sleep and brighter waking for Seasonal Affected Disorder (SAD) and sleep disorders With high-quality speakers for streaming via Bluetooth and a USB port for audio files or for charging your phone. At night, Bodyclock Luxe has a fading sunset to help you relax and a new low-blue light feature especially for...

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    Complete light and sound experience for easier sleep and brighter waking for Seasonal Affected Disorder (SAD) and sleep disorders Audio system with DAB radio, high-quality speakers and Bluetooth connectivity. Fading sunset at night to help you relax with a low-blue light option especially for bedtime.

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    Slim light therapy solution you can use anywhere for Seasonal Affected Disorder (SAD) and sleep disorders Slim light therapy solution with portrait/landscape positioning and comfortable warm white light. Convenient way to treat SAD or improve mood, energy and focus at home, work or college.

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    Light therapy and task lighting for work for Seasonal Affected Disorder (SAD) and sleep disorders Touch-control light levels and adjustable neck for reading and task lighting with blue-enriched white LEDs for effective SAD light therapy. Use in the office or at home to lift mood, boost concentration, restore natural energy and treat the symptoms of SAD

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    Simple, effective SAD light for the home for Seasonal Affected Disorder (SAD) and sleep disorders Mid-sized lightbox emitting cool white light. Use at home to treat the symptoms of SAD, lift mood, boost concentration and restore natural energy.

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    Large, powerful lightbox for optimum for Seasonal Affected Disorder (SAD) treatment and sleep disorders Largest Lumie lightbox with warm white light. Just 30 minutes a day to lift mood, boost concentration, restore natural energy and treat the symptoms of SAD.

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    Compact two-in-one device works as a SAD light and wake-up light for Seasonal Affected Disorder (SAD) treatment and sleep disorders All the light therapy you need in one neat device. Blue-enriched white LEDs gradually brighten to wake you in the morning; five light levels provide bright light therapy to lift mood, boost concentration, restore natural...

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