Waking up tired, lethargic and a bit blue? These could potentially be symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), also known as ‘winter depression’.
About 20% of people living in the UK experience mildly debilitating symptoms of SAD, and research commissioned by The Weather Channel and YouGov has shown women are 40% more likely to suffer from symptoms of SAD than men.
Most of us are affected by the change of seasons and shorter days – lets face it, who doesn’t have difficulty waking up on these dark mornings? However for some it can have a much greater impact on your day to day life.
“A more extreme SAD sufferer may experience depression, sadness and despair” states Dr Norman E Rosenthal, author of Winter Blues.
The effects of light
Symptoms of SAD tend to be more severe during these winter months when we are exposed to reduced levels of sunlight. This can disrupt our body’s internal clock and cause a drop in serotonin which can trigger sleep problems and depression.
SAD lamps, also know as light therapy boxes can effectively replicate sunshine and are one of the most popular and effective treatments for SAD. The Seasonal Affective Disorder Association states SAD lamps are “effective for 85% of cases and normally work within two weeks”.
So whether it’s your sleep, energy levels or mood that could do with a boost, a little light therapy may help sustain you throughout the dark winter months.
Wake-up lamps are a great form of light therapy for regulating normal sleeping and waking patterns as they simulate sunrise, gradually lighting up your bedroom as you wake. This will provide that all important light that’s missing during the winter months.
It’s thought that this light at the beginning of your day can improve SAD by encouraging your brain to reduce the production of melatonin (a hormone that makes you sleepy) and increase the production of serotonin (a hormone that affects your mood) giving you an important health-boosting wake-up.
We’ve rounded up a pick of our favourite wake-up SAD lamps from Lumie to get your started:
- Bodyclock STARTER 30
The perfect and most affordable wake-up lamp, the Bodyclock STARTER 30 has a 30 minute sunrise to help you wake up naturally, and 30 minute fading sunset to help you wind down for bed.
- Bodyclock ACTIVE 250
The Bodyclock ACTIVE 250 adds radio and audio options to its versatile light settings to make an all-purpose bedroom light, effective for healthy sleep.
- Bodyclock IRIS 500
A refreshing way to wake up – the Bodyclock IRIS 500 combines the benefits of gradual sunrise and sunset with two removable aromatherapy chambers for continuous or intermittent diffusion.
- Bodyclock LUXE 700
The newest and most advanced of the Lumie Bodyclock range, the Bodyclock LUXE 700 has high quality speakers for streaming your own music or radio via Bluetooth or USB, and over 20 wake-up and sleep sounds. The sunrise and sunset feature, plus a new low-blue light will help keep your sleep cycle on track.
You can find out more about the Lumie range of wake-up lights here.