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Archery GB's Nicky Hunt targets jet lag with light therapy

It seems that more and more athletes are investigating light therapy and looking for ways to incorporate it into their schedule. British Swimming have been using Bodyclock since 2010 and in the last couple of years we've teamed up with British Cycling and British Rowing. We're also contacted directly by coaches and trainers, sports science experts and athletes who are interested to find out more about how light therapy can help.

That's how we heard from Nicky Hunt, double gold medal-winner for the Archery GB team in the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. Nicky's aiming to be in Rio in 2016 and was encountering one of the problems that come with top-level competition: "I've just got back from China and I'm travelling to Columbia in two weeks, both to compete in World Cup stages. I feel I could really benefit from Lumie products to help with the jet lag!"

Since she mentioned she could also do with a lift during the winter months, we suggested Zest, a compact LED device for SAD and winter blues that's small and light enough to pack for use with a jet lag plan. "I used it earlier on in my season when I was traveling to World Cups in Shanghai and Columbia. I am really looking forward to using it this winter, I think its going to make a big difference to me then." Hopefully, Zest will help to keep her energy levels up, her body clock on track and her sights on that Olympic target.

If you would like information, access to scientific research, case studies or comments from academic experts please contact the PR Manager on 01954 780 500 or email pr@lumie.com.

September 17 2014, 0 Comments


'Lumie Desklamp changed my life' - a writer's story

Thea Bennett is a successful writer who has several publications under her belt. Her Lumie Desklamp has kept her company as she’s written seven children’s books under different pen names (for the Beast Quest series published by Orchard, the City Farm series published by Curious Fox, and The Fairy Animals of Misty Wood series published by Egmont). She is also the author of ‘London Gin – the Gin Craze‘, a wide-ranging and fun guide to the quintessential British spirit published by Golden Guides Press. Moreover, writing as Martha Ockley, she has a crime novel ‘A Saintly Killing’ due to be published by Lion Books in October 2014.

Here she tells her Lumie story...

 

 “I have never actually been diagnosed with SAD, but increasingly in recent years I have felt lethargic and miserable in winter. A sense of hopelessness sets in, and it’s hard to cheer myself up without eating far too many carbohydrates! Also, when it’s dark outside, it’s agony being dragged into wakefulness by the blare of an alarm clock. The Lumie Bodyclock, which I’ve had for about seven years now, makes those winter mornings much easier. I wake up gently and peacefully as the light increases, and get up long before the alarm tone starts.

Back in the autumn of 2011, I was given the opportunity to work on several projects for children’s books. This was very exciting as it was my first foray into being a professional writer, as opposed to someone who just loved writing. Then disaster struck. The clocks went back, and I found it impossible to work at my desk in the evenings. Even though I had deadlines looming, it was just too hard – I’was feeling completely muddle headed and nodding off in front of the computer screen. So, having had discovered the benefits of a Bodyclock, I thought I’d try a Lumie Desklamp. The results were amazing. Suddenly I could concentrate again in the evenings. I now use it during the day as well, if there’s no sunshine. I just can’t afford to not have my brain cells operating at maximum capacity.

This summer the lamp stopped working and, although I bought a replacement bulb, I couldn’t fix it. My Desklamp is an old model now, but Lumie repaired it for me at a fraction of the cost of a new one and sent it back in perfect condition. It took a while for the repair, due to a missing part, but the company called me and talked me through everything and gave excellent customer service. I now look forward to the dark months as being a great time to settle indoors and spend loads of productive time at the desk.

The Lumie Desklamp has changed my life and I would never be without it now. I have recommended it to several other writers, who now also have the lamps."

If you like the sound of Thea's lamp, have a look at the latest version of Desklamp - this one has LEDs so no worries about replacing bulbs! If you're considering light therapy but don’t know where to start, the Lumie Customer Care team is here to help: email or call us on 01954 780500.

If light therapy's helped you, why not email us at tellmystory@lumie.com.

September 11 2014, 0 Comments


PRESS RELEASE: Lumie light therapy to beat the winter blues

Now’s the time to start using light therapy if you want to beat the winter blues, says Cambridge-based light therapy specialist Lumie.

As we prepare for the back-to-school routine, up to 24% of us start to feel the onset of winter blues and don’t feel back to normal until April. Of that 24%, around 7% of Northern Europeans are so badly affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) that they struggle to function normally. The main symptoms are:

  • Sleep problems – oversleeping but not refreshed, unable to get out of bed, needing an afternoon nap
  • Overeating – carbohydrate craving leading to weight gain
  • Depression, despair, misery, guilt, anxiety – normal tasks become frustratingly difficult
  • Family/social problems – avoiding company, irritability, loss of libido, feeling emotionally ‘numb’
  • Lethargy – too tired to cope and finding everything an effort
  • Physical symptoms – often joint pain or stomach problems, lowered resistance to infection
  • Behavioural problems – especially in young people

Most of us know SAD is caused by the lack of bright light in winter; daybreak light is the signal for the pineal gland to stop producing the sleep hormone melatonin but, in winter, the light level is insufficient to trigger this process. Light therapy provides a level of light equal to the brightness on a clear spring morning. This equates to approx. 2,000 lux, the technical measure of brightness, which is about five times brighter than a well-lit office. Just 30 minutes’ sitting in front of a bright light like this is enough to alleviate SAD symptoms for most people.

Lumie has been developing bright lights to treat SAD since 1991 and its products are based on published research and designed at its base in Cambridge. Its team also offers a wealth of advice and support, including access to an online forum for SAD sufferers and research.

Quotes:

"Our recommendation is to prepare now for the slump in energy that many of us feel in the winter months. If you already use a bright light it’s a good idea to test your bulbs and order replacements if necessary. If you think you might benefit from light therapy but don’t know where to start, please feel free to contact us for advice. We also offer a 30 day free home trial so you can try it out at no risk." Jonathan Cridland, CEO, Lumie.

“Although we don’t fully understand the mechanisms whereby light can regulate our mood, there is strong evidence showing that supplementary light in the autumn and winter months can help alleviate some of the symptoms of the ‘winter blues’ and Seasonal Affective Disorder.” Professor Russell G Foster, Director, Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute, University of Oxford.

*Data based on an ICM Survey conducted for Lumie in 2007/8 in which 2,000 people in the UK were polled.

If you would like information, access to scientific research, case studies or comments from academic experts please contact the PR Manager on 01954 780 500 or email pr@lumie.com.

Download full press release as a pdf

September 08 2014, 0 Comments