Lumie to help Cambridge secondary school students wake up brighter

Light therapy specialist Lumie is to help school students wake up brighter with a trial that starts at Chesterton Community College in Cambridge this week.

About 50 students from years 9-11 have been given Lumie Bodyclock Starter 30, an alarm clock that wakes you with light, to trial at home over the coming month. They have already completed a survey to establish their current sleep/wake patterns, sleep quality, general mood and levels of energy and concentration during the day. They will then be asked to fill in a second survey after two weeks with a view to measuring improvements in their ability to wake up on time, to be alert and able to concentrate throughout the school day as well as seeing if their general mood improves.

Teenage boy asleep in bed

Questions are also being included for parents in order to get their viewpoint and also to find out if they see an improvement as a result of their child using Lumie Bodyclock. The timing is particularly pertinent for the year 11s as the project will run during mock exams when their stress levels are expected to be higher with a knock on effect on their sleep, mood and energy.

Lumie Bodyclock Starter is a wake-up light that offers a 30 minute sunrise so if for example you want to wake up at 7am, it starts to come on from 6.30 am, simulating a gradual sunrise. By 7am the light should have woken you gently but there’s an optional alarm beep for heavy sleepers. At bedtime, you can use the 30 minute sunset to help you relax and prepare for a good night’s sleep. It’s best if no electronic devices are used in the last hour before bedtime as they have an alerting affect. In clinical trials, ‘dawn simulators’ such as Bodyclock have been shown to improve mood, energy, productivity and the quality of sleep and awakening especially in the dark winter months1.

Lumie is delighted to have the opportunity to run this light therapy project with Chesterton Community College in Cambridge. Research tells us that teenagers’ body clocks tend to shift forwards making it hard for them to wake up on time and then feel alert in the mornings. We look forward to seeing how Lumie Bodyclock helps these students especially on these dark winter mornings when getting up is a struggle for so many.” Jonathan Cridland, CEO, Lumie

Chesterton Community College recognises the importance of building strong links with local businesses for the benefits of its students. We’re therefore delighted to have this opportunity to work with Lumie on this exciting light therapy project. It's recognised that stress levels can be high during mock exams, adversely affecting sleep, mood and energy, so it would be great if the clocks can have an impact on this.” Lucy Scott, Principal, Chesterton Community College

1. Acta Psychiatr Scand. 1993 Jul;88 (1):67-71

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