I’ve long suspected I suffer with SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder which sees my mood affected over the colder, darker months. I wish I could relocate to Oz right now. Winter is not my friend!
Help is at hand however, and thanks to a recommendation from my blogging bestie Mirka at All Baby Advice, who kindly put me in touch with light therapy leader Lumie, giving me a light lifeline to help me feel happier.
Lumie recently launched their Lumie Vitamin L (RRP £90), a slim bright light for SAD and well-being that you can use literally anywhere! Lumie Vitamin L simulates a UV-free sunlight to improve mood, energy and focus. I use mine first in the morning post-school run and once I turn my computer on.
The Lumie has a rippled diffuser to create a soft comfortable light that emits 10,000 lux at 20cm and sits on my desk every single day now.
Typical treatment time is 30 minutes which can be taken over more than one sitting if you prefer but I like to get it done first thing in the morning, a bit like taking a vitamin.
It worked from day 1 and felt like I’d spent time in the sun. Over the last few weeks I’ve felt happier and I’ve even had less severe PMT. I can’t recommend this magical box enough!
Vitally, as with Lumie’s other light boxes, Vitamin L is a Class IIa medical device which means it’s rigorously tested to European health and safety standards so you can use it with confidence.
“Bright light has been demonstrated to have a positive effect on our level of alertness, mood, well-being and sleep patterns. The compact and slimline design of the Lumie Vitamin L makes it easy to take it between home and work and allows you to reap the multiple benefits of light wherever you are and whatever you are doing”- Dr Victoria Revell, Circadian Rhythm Expert, University of Surrey.
Available now for pre-orders on Lumie.com and amazon as well as all branches of John Lewis, amazon, Boots and Selfridges.
Check out Lumie’s credentials too:
Based just outside Cambridge, UK, Lumie has been researching, designing and developing light therapy products for over 25 years. Lumie lights treat seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and winter blues; boost mood and energy levels; improve sleep and waking; optimise sports performance; treat jet lag and acne. Their first Bodyclock dawn simulator – an alarm that wakes you up with increasing levels of light – was the world’s first wake-up light and brought light therapy into the mainstream. They also designed and developed Lumie Clear, a unique hand-held device that uses combined blue and red light therapy to treat mild to moderate acne.
As Europe’s leading light therapy specialist with the broadest range of products in Europe, they have strong connections within the scientific community including at Cambridge University. They’re also a member of the Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms (SLTBR), an international group devoted to promoting research and knowledge about the biological effects of light.
Lumie is certified to the ISO 13485 medical device standard and, with the exception of children’s sleep aid Lumie Bedbug, their products are certified to the Medical Devices Directive (EC 93/42) which means they’re rigorously tested to European health and safe standards and must be backed up with published scientific evidence. The distance and lux level (the standard measure of brightness received) specifications for their lights are all independently verified.
They even supply to the NHS on an occasional basis and their lights are recommended by SADA, the UK’s only registered charity dedicated to SAD. Their lights are also enhancing the study environment at Cambridge University Library and they are proud to be a long-standing official supplier to the British Swimming team.
Two of their wake-up lights, Luxe and Active, provide white noise as an option. If you are trying to sleep in a noisy environment or during the day, white noise helps to muffle other sounds, like traffic or people talking.
Thank you Lumie Vitamin L for lifting my mood and helping me to feel happy as larry again!
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