This year, traditional support for the home team was heightened by our involvement with the Cambridge University boat club where Lumie has been helping the Light Blues integrate light therapy into their training regime.
Since November, each member of the team used Bodyclock Starter 30 sleep/wake light to help them get up in the dark for early morning training. In addition, our new bright light Vitamin L was introduced to the boat house in January. Rowers have one of the lights positioned next to their rowing machine and have been training with a splash of bright light (around 2,500 lux at this distance) for extra stimulation to drive improved performance.
Research in sports science* has shown that light therapy boosts mood, energy and productivity leading to marginal gains for athletes. Back in 2016, the GB Olympic swim team reported improvements in both mood and energy after using Lumie Zest in their training protocol. It then helped them recover from jet lag after their arrival in Rio.
Before the race, chief coach Steve Trapmore explained,
Trapmore says that the Lumie lights have not only helped the crew to wake up brighter but they've also noticed improvements in mood, alertness and concentration in their training.
"Lumie light therapy has certainly been a welcome addition to the tool kit we use to get the crew race-ready.”
After the exertions and celebrations of race day, it's not known how many of the Cambridge crew woke bright and early on Sunday but at least they got an extra hour in bed to recover.