Product Type: Philips gadgets
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Philips HF3475/01 Wake-Up Light with Radio Alarm
Member Name: Rosesarered1207
Philips HF3475/01 Wake-Up Light with Radio Alarm
Advantages: natural wake up call
Disadvantages: expensive/ not great for couples who wake at different times
The winter blues, a concept that we must all feel at some point during the cold, dark months. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a condition which can affect all genders and all ages. The symptoms of SAD vary but generally; the disorder is associated with feelings of depression and "blues," but the symptoms do vary. Symptoms of SAD may include a change in appetite or weight, lack of energy, diminishing sex drive, body aches or pains, low self-esteem, sleep problems, loss of memory, inability to make decisions, depression or mood swings and a lack of concentration and interest. SAD is caused by a lack of natural light, as the days get shorter and I find myself going to work in the dark, sitting all day in a stuffy office the travelling home in the dark; I notice my moods changing.
It was getting to the stage where I came from work at 17:30 hours and put my pyjamas on and spent the evening in bed. Usually on an evening after work I enjoy playing tennis, going to the gym, the cinema and restaurants. I felt generally unwell, always suffering a cold and sniffles and supplemented my diet with a tonic in order to boost my energy levels and make me feel more human. This did not work and I started to argue more with my partner as he was fed up of me moping around the house. I felt really fed up, which is not like me at all and after a few months of feeling blue and unwell, I took a trip to the doctors. He brought SAD up as a possible cause for my change in behaviour and sent me away to do some research. He mentioned antidepressants as a cause of action but I did not feel this was necessary.
Feeling blue was a small part of my symptoms; lack of energy and feeling unwell was the main problems I was encountering. I went away and did some research before stumbling on some literature on light therapy. This led to the purchase of the Philips lamp as there has been research conducted proving that lights provide a balanced spectrum light equivalent to standing outdoors on a clear day. The use of a SAD lamp can make up for any light deficiency that you may be suffering and you can start to feel more human again.
==Price and availability==
There are a variety of lamps offering similar features; what I liked about this one is that it provides a combination of light and sound to bring you round and wake you gently. This costs £90 and is available from Philips store directly online.
This is an attractive lamp and it looks modern and contemporary. The lamp stands 22 cm tall and is 17 cm in diameter. The top half is a lovely bright yellow lamp that has an intensity of 250 lux. The sunrise simulation process takes 30 minutes so it is nice and gentle and it gives you a good blast of exposure first thing. Typically, 15-60 minutes is the amount of time people need to get their sunlight fix. The bottom of the lamp is set on some little anti-slip rubber feet. The lamp uses a halogen bulb of 100 W and this is expected to last 4000 hours. The light is UV free so it does not damage your skin like the suns rays do. The lamp has an alarm and an FM radio.
The alarm is used so that the sunrise process can start at a certain time and gradually wake you up. You can wake up to the sound of the radio or you can wake to some natural sounding sounds such as birdsong to wake you up with. The front of the lamp has the following controls, menu, select and + and - which can control the volume. The main controls though are at the side of the lamp. There is a stick lever for the alarm on and off and at the side you can also control the FM tuner. The lamp has a 200 m cable with a standard UK 3 pin plug attachment. The lamp is made from glass and chrome. I find the design to fit in well with my bedroom and I really enjoy using it. The lamp can be used as a regular lamp if you need something to read by but even when the lamp is turned off, I think that it looks quite stylish. The little LCD display pad displays the time and it also indicates if you have the alarm set.
This is a very interesting lamp and it looks very stylish. I am more than happy to have it in my bedroom next to my bed. In terms of waking up to light, I find this to be one of the most natural, none shocking ways to wake up. I used to set the old alarm clock next to my bed and if I ever heard that sound throughout the day, I would jump up and shudder. This does not give me the same shock, I wake up gently and feel more refreshed. I find that the lamp wakes me gently, but as a heavy sleeper I do need the sound to wake me up too. I enjoy the birdsong option, this is really subtle at first and then the chorus slowly builds and eventually you will wake to the soft gentle birdsong. This is brilliant for me as I hate getting up and although I do not relish the thought of my alarm going off, this eases the pain and makes it more bearable. The lamp upsets my partner though who occasionally has to work late shifts and this causes problems when we do not have to get up at the same time. I tend to leave this lamp on during the winter and I get dressed and ready for work by the light it provides. I find it gives me my extra sunlight fix and makes me feel more human.
I find the lamp to be imperative to my health during the winter, I still feel tired and I don't want to go outside in the cold but I feel more human and I can do activities on a night; I do not feel like all my energy is zapped. In terms of mood swings, I will not lie as I still get a little grumpy in the winter; but if you asked my boyfriend he would tell you that I am just as grumpy in Summer! I find that winter generally makes me feel a little unwell as there are more germs with less fresh air flowing round the office and the heating pumping out. I have started to feel much more positive in the changing seasons and previously I have dreaded the autumn change as it means winter is coming. I can now look positively on it as the SAD symptoms are greatly reduced. I can get excited about winter coats, fluffy jumpers and Christmas, instead of colds, flu and early nights!
I did not find this completely to make me feel the same as I do in the summer as I think my body will always be in tune with the changing seasons. I love Spring and I can't explain the feelings of joyousness I feel as I start to see the sun shining for longer and little daffodils starting to blossom. I know it is weird and some still think it is a new age fad; however I find this lamp works. I guess even if it is a placebo, I get a lovely stylish lamp and a much easier way of waking up. However, I do generally think light therapy works and I rave to my friends about how good it is. I completely recommend this; it is something now I cannot do without.
Summary: Sunshine in your bedroom
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