The next trend - Lumie Lights!
If waking up in the dark is making the already near-impossible winter morning trek to the library that much more impossible, we might have the perfect solution for you. You may or may not have already heard of Lumie lights...
I’m sure you’ve noticed as the days are getting darker earlier, as well as turning your lights on more, you’re also finding yourself being at home more in the evenings having the tv and lights turned on a lot more. For some people, this can trigger a ‘winter blues’ known as SAD. SAD has symptoms such as tiredness, lack of energy, feeling less happy than usual and avoiding friends to spend time on your own. It’s a real medical condition and can affect people’s home lives, relationships, and how well they perform at uni and work.
Lumie lights promote therapeutic benefits and help you wake up feeling refreshed as the light at the beginning of the day resets your internal clock and metabolism. This avoids a sudden waking up from an alarm clock, which releases cortisol and disrupts your hormone balance, leading you to have a bad mood. Annie Clarke from @mind_body_bow says that her Lumie light helps her to feel much calmer when she wakes up. Try out one of the lights in the morning and evenings, you’ll be able to leave your main lights turned off and phone unplugged, and wake up with a natural-looking sunrise and sunset instead of a nasty alarm!
Also, Lumie lights can actually help your sleep hygiene too! I’m sure you’ve heard by now that by unplugging your phone and laptop and leaving them outside the room can help you sleep better. The blue light emitted from your devices late at night can be keeping you awake later at night, and preventing you from getting a deep sleep you need to recharge for the day. Try charging your devices in the evening, unplugging them at night to limit excess energy wastage, and leaving them in a different room. The Lumie Bodyclock acts as a non-alerting low-blue light lamp on your bedside table, that is bright enough for you to read a book at night and wake you up in the morning, acting as the sunrise.
If this sounds like something you’d like to try, Lumie’s website has a whole product range of lights with different features so you can find the perfect one for you! They also come at different prices so you can budget your student loan or treat yourself or someone else to a great Christmas gift. Keep an eye out on Depop and eBay too as people are often selling on their second hand Lumie lights for a fraction of the price of a new one.