Well, it’s starting to get dark in the morning and evenings again. I can’t believe how fast this year has gone, did we actually have a summer? I spent most of the summer stuck inside the hospital with my daughter, so I feel like summer 2017 was non-existent. I love the autumn but summer is definitely my favourite, the sun makes me feel so much brighter. Last year I suffered with SAD throughout the winter months and this year I’m determined to help myself cope with the lack of sun that the winter months bring.
So what is SAD? Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that's related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you're like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the autumn fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody.
So how? you may ask can I combat my SAD problem! I tried very hard last year to fight it off with extra vitamins, good diet, exercise and plenty of fresh air. I even wrote a blog post called Winter Blues, I was determined to fight my winter depression. Well I managed to get to January and thought my methods had worked but during January the dark cloud decided to shadow me, and it stayed with me until May. This wasn’t very nice!
So this year I’m as determined as ever to keep the dark cloud away. I have been lucky enough to review and keep for myself one of the best SAD lights on the market and it even includes some extra magic to help make my SAD disorder disappear.
So what’s this SAD magic about?
Lumie has been designing SAD lights to treat seasonal affective disorder since 1991 and supplies to the NHS.
The Lumie Bodyclock Iris 500 combines the benefits of a gradual sunset and sunrise with aromatherapy. It's effective for healthy sleep, sports training, and extra energy throughout the winter months.
I have been using the Lumie Bodyclock’s fading sunset to help me unwind at bedtime for the last 3 weeks. Combined with my choice of aromatherapy oil the gradual light and scent it gives off has been sending me into a blissful sleep. The light helps by sending your body a signal to step up production of the sleep hormone melatonin.
I’ve been using the gradual brightening light along with a happy energising aromatherapy oil to wake me up in the morning readying my body to face the day. The gentle wake-up light helps keep my sleep cycle on track, boosting my mood, energy and productivity levels all day.
Here are what functions the fantastic gadget has to offer;
• 15, 20, 30, 45, 60 or 90-minute sunset to wind down ready for bed
• 15, 20, 30, 45, 60 or 90-minute sunrise to wake you naturally
• Two removable aromatherapy chambers for sunset and sunrise oils (oils not included)
• Continuous or intermittent diffusion
• Sunset, sunrise and aromatherapy have a range of options (intensity, duration, 7-day programming) that can be used together or independently
• Dimmable for use as a bedside light
• Nightlight feature
• Snooze feature
• Optional beep alarm
• Fully dimmable display
• 7-day alarm
• Remote control
• Security option to turn on the light randomly while you're away
• Back-ups: optional alarm beep, power failure back-up
• Bulb(s): Warm white LEDs
• The size of the device is (H x W x D): 17 x 23 x 15 cm Weight: 850 g
• It comes with a 3-year warranty and is a class 1 medical device.
The team at Lumie also offer light therapy advice and support with using their device. They also have other SAD lights available here to ensure that you find the product that’s right for you.
Their are plenty of other SAD lights available to purchase but it’s important you buy one that has been tried and tested correctly. Lumie have years of experience and ensure that the product is medically certified to treat SAD.
So combined with my vitamins and other methods of fighting my SAD syndrome (see my winter blues blog post for help) I’m determined to enjoy this winter!
The device can also be used without the light, just as an aromatherapy burner, so your house can smell of your desired scent. This is a lot safer than burning scented candles. The toxins that are released from paraffin candles are the same as those found in diesel fuel fumes. On top of that, many scented candles also have wicks that contain heavy metals like lead, and even a few hours of burning them can create levels of airborne heavy metals that are much higher than the acceptable limits.
I have teamed up with Lumie and as a Thankyou for taking the time to read my blog posts I have one of these awesome devices up for grabs.
I have also made a video of this wonderful device, where you can see it in action. If you are able to like and subscribe to my YouTube channel I would really appreciate this. The more likes and comments I get will help me to be able to offer my lovely readers more giveaway opportunities.
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Q: If you win, what aromatherapy oil will you be using to wake up to and to go to sleep with?
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*I was sent Lumie bodyclock Iris free of charge for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions remain my own*
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