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I think I've probably suffered from SAD for a few years now. This winter I decided enough was enough. No more dreading the cold winter mornings and not being able to get out of bed and just generally feel down in Winter.
I searched on the internet for what would be the best Lumie light for me. I decided on this one as it was the tallest and I thought it would give out the most light, therefore give the biggest benefit. I bought my lamp from Boots for £139.
This was an expensive purchase but one that I feel the benefits well outweigh the price.
The idea is to sit in front of the lamp for 60-90 minutes a day (or whenever you feel you need a top up). The way I did this was sit it on a chair at the front and to the side of me while I was watching TV or reading a book. You shouldn't be looking directly into it, the light just has to reach your eyes.
I felt the difference from the first few uses. Last time I put it on I actually smiled as soon as the light came on. I didn't notice this until it happened. It obviously has a good effect on me subconciously.
I would definitely recommend the Lumie brand if you have SAD. There are various other products including a travel sized light and a desk lamp.
Anyone that suffers Seasonal Effective Disorder (SAD) tend to experience symptoms around September until April due to the lack of sunlight. Symptoms can consist of, sleeping problems, over-eating, low mood, lethargy and physical problems.
Lumie have over 17 years of scientific expertise in the area of health and well-being and the Brightspark is one of the products they have designed to help fight the symptoms of SAD.
The Brightspark gives out 10,000 lux of light when sitting 20cm from it. It is very bright, far brighter then a standard bulb, which is meant to replace the sunlight you miss out on in the shorter winter days. This product uses two 24w daylight spectrum bulbs to mimic real sun and it is recommended that you sit no further then 50cm from the lamp for 90 minutes a day. The Brightspark has shown to be safe and it produces only a tiny amount of UV so it will not damage your skin or eyes.
I found it was best to start off gradually with the lamp as at first it seems a little bright and takes some getting used to, then build up the time you used it over a couple of weeks.
It does seem to have made a difference for me. If I've had exposure to the lamp I feel like I have drank a cup of coffee as I feel more alert and awake. I also find I sleep better too, although do not use the lamp too close to bed time or you will have trouble dropping off. I'm an active person but I used to find I could not motivate myself in the winter time due to feeling tired and lacking in energy. Since I've been using the lamp (for the last two years) I've been able to maintain my training throughout winter period.
The only real disadvantage is the cost of the lamp itself. I paid £115 direct from Lumie. However I feel it was worth the cost for having more energy and sleeping better in the winter time.