Did you know there are lamps available to help train our circadian rhythms to simulated daylight? In the modern world we don’t play by the rules of the sun – we stay up late with our lights on and close our blinds against the morning light. We travel huge distances to completely different time zones and expect our bodies to quickly adjust.
Our circadian body clocks control everything from energy levels to hunger and metabolism. When our circadian rhythms are out of sync with our environment, like when we travel to new time zones, our mood suffers terribly and we’re more likely to fall into unhealthy habits like eating sugary or fatty foods. In the worst cases serious depressions can develop in people who suffer from seasonal affective disorders (SAD).
I have bipolar disorder with a strong seasonal affective pattern. I spend a huge portion of winter in a very deep depression almost every year, which significantly affects my work and every other aspect of my life. I’ve been reducing the medication I’ve been taking lately and I’m going to try regulating my moods more through looking after my sleep patterns.
So I purchased a light therapy lamp from Amazon and it has finally arrived! I’m super excited to try it out.
I bought the NatureBright Sun Bliss which has dual function as a dawn simulator and bright light therapy lamp.
The dawn simulator turns on the light which gradually gets brighter for 30 minutes before your alarm to train your body to think it’s dawn.
The light has several adjustable brightness levels with the brightest (10,000 lux) being clinical-grade for treatment of seasonal mood disorders.
I didn’t appreciate how small and light the unit is until I took it out of the packaging today (just like a beside alarm clock – a feature it also has by the way!) which makes it ideal for traveling and helping you adjust to changing time zones!
I will be letting you know how I find this product once I’ve tried it.