I’ve tested out the SAD sunlight simulator
I’m not a morning person by any means, don’t get me wrong, I’m not moody in the mornings…i just struggle to get out of bed, every year I go through the same old struggle and it’s usually just after the clocks go back and the evenings get shorter the mornings are darker.
The alarm goes off and I continuously press snooze, then the second alarm goes off and I snooze that also. I curl up and tell myself I’ll take another 5 minutes sleep, this usually turns into 20 minutes. When I finally get out off bed I feel extremely dysfunctional at least until I get a triple espresso in my system.
I haven’t been diagnosed with SAD (seasonal affective disorder), I’ve been monitoring myself and felt that I may benefit from the sunlight simulator, so I bought one and tried it out for three months.
The first morning I woke up to the radio which was set by alarm, I noticed the warm light, which felt a comfort while I was under my warm duvet. I took a few long slow breathes and felt my brain wake in a calm sanctuary state, very much how I felt in the brighter seasons.
After a couple of weeks I began to get a little fed up of the radio so I switched it off and set the light to come on at 7am. The light begins to slowly light up half hour before your set time, so by 7am the light is fully on. You can set the light from a scale of 1-10 ranging from dim, medium and lighter. It is worth trying them out to see which you prefer and set it to wake you up with your preferred setting. I still need an alarm to wake me though but I use my phone alarm.
Like I said I’m not sure whether I have SAD or not but I do feel that I benefited from the light simulator during the winter months when I struggle the most to get out of bed, I have been able to get out of bed within 15 minutes of opening my eyes. My mind is also positively impacted by the light because I feel gently stimulated and more ready to face the outside cold.
I can tolerate winter when theres normal light or sunshine even if it is extremely cold, but when there is no light and significant grey overcast I find it bares a heavy weight on me, I seem to have less energy or struggle to emotionally wake up and struggle to sleep at night.
I have the light to be a great benefit to me during winter and hope to keep on using it.