SAD & Wake Up Lighting


It’s that time of year when  the days are getting shorter and darker, which does affect everyone especially those suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), with many struggling to get going in the mornings and it affects their whole mood, they find it harder to concentrate, as well as suffering from lower energy, self-esteem and confidence, and ultimately depression.

Now we can offset this to a greater degree with light therapy. The reason people with SAD suffer we now know is due to an excess of SERT (a serotonin transporting protein) during the winter months, resulting in lower functioning levels than in the general population. Light therapy redresses the balance helping them during the winter. We highly recommend the Lumie lights as they gently wake you up , you feel more energised and aware when you hear the alarm – waking up is a gentle process not a brutal assault.

Lumie Bodyclock Active 250 Wake Up to Daylight Light £100.00 John Lewis (Shop Now)



Bodyclock Active is a wake-up light incorporating FM radio and audio options. It’s an alarm clock that wakes you with a gradually brightening sunrise so when you open your eyes you feel properly awake and refreshed. Waking like this helps to regulate your sleep/wake cycle and has even been shown to boost mood, energy and productivity levels for the rest of the day. Bodyclock Active has a range of wake-up options. Choose how long you want your sunrise and maybe add one of the audio features too; early birds might like the dawn chorus or a rooster wake-up call or set the FM radio to come on.
If you have trouble nodding off, Bodyclock Active has a slowly fading sunset option – plus two sleep sounds - and you’ll find this helps you naturally relax and unwind ready for bed. Other features include a nightlight and a security option that turns the light on while you're away. Bodyclock Active is also really useful as a dimmable bedside light. A wake up light like Bodyclock Active is not only a much nicer way to start the day, especially on dark, winter mornings; it can help beat the winter blues and is a useful complement to a lightbox in treating SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).

Lumie Vitamin L Slim SAD Light £90.00 John Lewis (Shop Now)



Designed and developed in the UK, make up for a lack of sunshine with a daily dose of light therapy from Lumie Vitamin L. Bright light can lift your mood, boost alertness, help you to feel more energised and is the natural way to improve your general well-being. Use Vitamin L for 45 minutes to recharge your batteries at home, in the office, when studying or even on your travels. It takes up hardly any space and can be used in portrait or landscape position. Its slim design and large screen light output means that Vitamin L combines convenience with the performance you'd expect from a much larger light. Using Vitamin L every day over the autumn and winter will make a big difference winter blues and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) symptoms such as tiredness, over-eating and a lack of energy and motivation.

Lumie Bodyclock Starter 30 Wake Up to Daylight Light £56.99 John Lewis (Shop Now)



If you’re not really a morning person, the Lumie Bodyclock Starter daylight lamp is just what you need. It’s an alarm clock that wakes you with a gradually brightening 30-minute sunrise so when you open your eyes you feel awake and refreshed. Waking up like this helps to regulate your sleep/wake cycle and has even been shown to boost mood, energy and productivity levels for the rest of the day. As well as the wake up sunrise, it also has a 30 minute sunset that works in the opposite way, helping you to naturally wind down ready for bed. There’s a snooze feature and an optional alarm beep, which most people turn off after a few days, preferring to wake up to the light on its own. It can also be used as a dimmable bedside light.A wake up light like Bodyclock Starter is not only a much nicer way to start the day – especially on dark, winter mornings - it can help beat the winter blues and is a useful complement to a lightbox in treating SAD (seasonal affective disorder).

Lumie Brightspark SAD Light Box £138.00 John Lewis (Shop Now)



Lots of bright light is proven to put you in a better mood, boost alertness and help you to feel more awake, so the Lumie Brightspark daylight lamp is ideal for use at work when the afternoon starts to drag. When you can feel yourself slowing down, instead of getting another cup of coffee turn on Brightspark for 45 - 90 minutes. If you can’t manage it all in one go you can leave it on and grab some light relief throughout the day.It comes in brushed aluminium with a grey trim and takes up hardly any space on your desk. The high-contrast light is excellent for reading too. Brightspark is an excellent way to recharge your batteries at work and is also an effective treatment for SAD; using Brightspark every day over the autumn and winter will make a big difference to symptoms such as tiredness, over-eating and a lack of energy and motivation.

Beurer TL 30 Ultra Portable Daylight SAD Light £53.99 John Lewis (ShopNow)



The Beurer TL 30 is a compact daylight lamp that simulates daylight to increase your feeling of well-being during the darker winter months. This amazing daylight lamp is similar in size to a tablet, so it’s perfect for putting in your bag so you can use it at work, school or whilst travelling. Includes storage pouch to keep the lamp clean on the move.

Beurer TL 50 Compact Wake up to Daylight SAD Light £90.00 John Lewis (Shop Now)



The Beurer TL 50 Compact Daylight Lamp simulates bright daylight to increase your feeling of well-being during the dark winter months

Beurer Wake Up/Mood/Reading/Music SAD Table Light £130.00 John Lewis (Shop Now)



This amazing mood light from Beurer gradually becomes brighter, mimicking the sunrise, to allow your body to prepare itself for waking up and gently rouse you from your slumber. Featuring a music station, mood light and reading lamp in one device. A range of optional functions are available and controllable via smartphone with the Beurer LightUp app.

Lumie Desklamp Touch Dimmable SAD Light £144.00 John Lewis (Shop Now)



Bright light is proven to put you in a better mood, boost alertness and help you feel more awake so it’s the ideal solution at work when you need something to help you get going again.The Desklamp daylight lamp provides the quality of light you need to recharge your batteries and with the diffuser off, 30 minutes is all it takes. If you prefer a softer light, simply choose a lower light setting or leave the diffuser on and use it for longer. Desklamp is powerful enough to be an effective treatment for SAD; using it every day over the autumn and winter will make a big difference to symptoms such as tiredness, over-eating and a lack of energy and motivation. The blue-enriched LEDs offer great contrast so it’s an excellent task light too. With a glossy white finish, flexible neck and touch-control light levels Desklamp offers a stylish and versatile alternative to the traditional lightbox.
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