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Getting started with Mini
01. Connect Mini to a power source as shown
02. Use the yellow button to turn the light on and off
Frequently Asked Questions
How to use Mini for bright light therapy?
Sunlight is a natural mood-booster, influencing body chemistry (e.g. melatonin and serotonin levels). If you’re not getting enough exposure to daylight, bright light therapy with Mini is the next best thing, putting you in a better mood, boosting energy and helping you to feel more alert. It can also help relieve the symptoms of winter blues. Position Mini at arm's length (about 50 cm) with the light angled towards your face. Although you don't need to stare at the light source, the light must reach your eyes to have any effect. This means you can use Mini whilst reading, working on your laptop, crafting etc.
How often should you use Mini for wellbeing support?
Your body’s natural rhythms, which influence mood, sleep and general wellbeing, are governed by how much light (natural and artificial) you’re exposed to. Mini mimics the brightness and intensity of natural light, so if you’re indoors, a bright light therapy session works quickly to improve mood, energy, focus and daytime alertness. Used daily, Mini can encourage a more regular sleep/wake pattern, making it easier to get to sleep and wake up feeling more refreshed.
How often should you use Mini for winter blues?
Look out for early signs of winter blues in Sept/Oct and if you start feeling more tired, anxious or irritable, start using Mini. As spring comes around, you can cut back on your bright light sessions. If symptoms return, simply use Mini again for a few days.
When should you use Mini?
If you're using Mini to help with the winter blues, bright light in the morning is most effective so try that first. For some people, early evening light exposure is beneficial. If you find it difficult to get going in the morning, switch on Mini as soon as you can. If you don't have much time in the morning, then you should aim for a top-up or full session in the afternoon. If you tend to feel sleepy or fall asleep too early, use Mini in the late afternoon/early evening. It's best to avoid bright light too close to bedtime - within about three hours - as you may find it difficult to get to sleep.
How long should you use Mini for?
Position Mini at arm's length (approx. 50 cm) and start with 30 minutes a day (1000 lux). You may find this is enough but if you don’t notice much of an effect, increase your exposure each day until you find something that works for you. If you're more comfortable with Mini positioned further away, then less light will reach your eyes and you'll need to use it for longer. There's no harm in using the light for longer than suggested. You can get your bright light therapy all in one go or use Mini on-and-off throughout the day for a cumulative effect. If you find your eyes ache slightly, try using it further away, reduce the brightness or switch off for a while. Whether you’re using Mini for winter blues, or for general wellbeing, once you’ve found a pattern that’s right for you try to use it around the same time every day.
Still need help?
If you need to chat with us, you can use the webchat option (available on desktop), or reach us by email at email@example.com. We are open Monday-Friday 9.30 am – 5.30 pm and we aim to answer your query within 1 working day. During our busy season, this may be slightly longer, however, we will always answer your query within 1 working week.