Life Made Bright: Christmas Gift Guide +Giveaway!
It's that time of the year: the radio's playing Christmas classics, colleagues are wearing reindeer jumpers, and villages, towns and cities across the country are lit up with sparkly lights.
Whilst the long hours of darkness create a wonderful backdrop for flickering lights and shimmering decorations, the lack of daylight can really affect us at this time of year. This can range from feeling a little more cranky and fatigued than usual to full-on Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) where every winter day can feel like a real struggle.
Light is such an important factor for our overall physical well-being since it keeps our circadian rhythms on track, regulating daily cycles such as when we feel hungry, tired and fired up. So make sure you switch on your Lumie lights this Christmas for a natural stimulant that will help you feel positive, upbeat and full of ho-ho-ho.
To get you in the festive mood, we've partnered with some amazing brands to treat you to 12 Days of Giving Instagram Giveaway (scroll down for all the details). And if you're a confirmed fan of light therapy, why not spread the love and brighten someone's Christmas Day with a gift to make them feel good. Here are our top five recommendations for presents that will light up the room...
Best for Minimalists
Best for Design Fans
Bodyclock Shine 300 stunningly combines form and function. Building on the essential Bodyclock functionality, Shine 300 features adjustable sunrise and sunset settings, FM radio and a choice of 14 sleep/wake sounds as well as repeat alarm, tap snooze and lots more.
Bodyclock lights are perfect for commuters & go-getters. We talked to Chantal di Donato, a London-based yoga teacher and entrepreneur who's always on the go, to hear how waking up with light helps her stay active and alert in the colder seasons:
Winter is so hard! The standard early morning alarm is probably everyone’s worst nightmare, even for yogis who love practising first thing when they wake up. The wake-up light from Lumie is the most gentle, perfect way to wake up without feeling 'thrown out' of our sleep. As the light gently becomes brighter, it feels like I am being woken up by a rising sun, which makes it so much easier to open my eyes and feel ready to get up! The sunrise simulation gives our body a cue to decrease melatonin and increase the 'get up and go' hormones, so when I get up I don't feel sleepy and drowsy, but ready to start my day with a dynamic and energising practice on my mat! Namaste.
Best for Techies
Bodyclock Luxe 750D is our most premium Bodyclock, featuring DAB radio and a glass lamp cover. low-blue light to be non-alerting at bedtime. It also has high quality audio with Bluetooth and offers a selection of over 20 sleep/wake sounds. Other features include; sunrise and sunset from 15 to 90 minutes; a nightlight setting; 7-day alarm; dimmable bedside lighting; snooze; power failure back-up .
Best for Winter Blues Sufferers
Vitamin L is a slimline bright light for SAD and well-being to improve mood, energy and focus. It has warm white LEDs to create a particularly authentic sunlight effect and a rippled diffuser for a soft, comfortable light.
Best for Young Families
Bedbug is an award-winning sleep aid for babies and children that uses low-blue light to create calm bedtimes and good nights. A combi product, it offers a 15-minute sunset, reading and nightlight.
We caught up with Katie Underwood, a PR & Social Media Specialist and a mum of 3 to find out how our 3-in-1 light transformed her evenings:
Lumie bedbug is an ideal gift for a family like ours. We’re always on the go, and the kids find it hard to wind down in the evenings. The bedtime routine has always been noisy and stressful, but the bedbug has helped us create a calm atmosphere with the timed sunset setting. The kids think the bedbug is their little pal, and they love the soothing red nighlight. But really it’s my best friend. It helps keep the evening routine short, and we’ve noticed a definite change for the better in their evening settling. I’d recommend the Lumie Bedbug to any young family in desperate need of sleep!
12 Days of Giving: Instagram Giveaway
Ho, ho, ho, let it glow!
To get you into the spirit of Christmas, we've teamed up with a bunch of amazing partners to transform our Instagram grid into a mini advent calendar.
From 1st to 12th of December, each day will bring you an opportunity to win fantastic prizes for better well-being of your mind and body.
Here's to a #lifemadebright!
TERMS & CONDITIONS
1.To enter, entrants must follow Lumie & the featured partner, like the post and tag two friends in the comments of the said post.
2.This competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom `aged 16 years or over.
3.This competition will commence at 9:00 BST on Saturday December 1st, 2018 and all entries must be received by 23:59 BST on Wednesday 12th December, 2018.
4.Entrants may submit as many entries as they wish across all 12 posts up until midnight on Wednesday December 12th, but no entrant may win more than one prize.
5.The winners of each of the prizes will be randomly drawn from the pool of comments and announced by 5pm on Thursday December 13th.
6.The winners will be contacted via direct messaging on Instagram. Each winner must claim their prize by midnight on Sunday December 16th. If the prize is unclaimed after this time, it will lapse, and the Promoter reserves the right to offer the unclaimed prize to a substitute winner selected in accordance with these rules.
7.and have it until to reply and acknowledge the win. Otherwise another winner will be drawn.
8.The prizes are non-transferable, and no cash alternative will be offered.
9.The promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated The winners agree to take part in reasonable post event publicity and to the use of their names and photographs in such publicity.
10.These terms and conditions are governed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales.
11.By entering the competition each entrant agrees to be bound by these terms and conditions.
12.The Promoter is Lumie: Lumie, 3 The Links, Trafalgar Way, Bar Hill, Cambridge, CB23 8UD