Living with SAD

Is it just me who tends to be irritable, less motivated, running for the cake and sweets when days are shorter?

For as long as I can remember, I have struggled to get up and find enough energy to be alert in the darkest months of the year. I am not the chirpiest or happiest of people in the morning in the summer by any stretch of the imagination, but I manage to get up much more easily than I do in the winter.

Every single year, it starts when the clocks back for daylight saving time in October. November has always been the worst month of the year for me. The mere thought of it makes my chest tighten.

It was tough when I lived in the North of France and the sky was turning dark just before 5 p.m. When I moved to England, I had no idea it would be worse, and the grey canvass that is sometimes the sky in dull winter months would actually turn darker and darker as early as 3 p.m.

Leaving home for work in complete darkness always made me feel dreadful. I could never live further North, no matter how much I fell in love with the Scottish Highlands or Iceland when I visited.

I first heard about Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) about 6 or 7 years ago, and I very quickly put 2 and 2 together.

What is SAD? It is basically winter blues. People suffering from seasonal affective disorder have normal mental health throughout most of the year but tend to get anxious, lethargic or irritable in the winter. It made complete sense!

In the past few years, I have had a number of SAD lights and alarm clocks simulating sunrise. The first one was a NAF NAF one I was given as a present and I loved it. Although it helped, it used a regular light bulb and after a year or so, it stopped working. I then got a Philips one. I loved it but after a couple of years, I must have dropped it and the light stopped working (non-replaceable LED bulb).

I also have a large SAD light in my middle room, which gets quite dark and gloomy. I even bought a travel SAD light for my mum for Christmas. You could call me a SAD light expert, or at  the very least an obese dive SAD light user! I use my SAD light for photography in the winter months. It is brilliant and it means not using the flash indoors, resulting in much nicer photos. A large number of my food photos are taken using my SAD light with a muslin over it to soften the harsh brightness of it.

Lumie has been on my mind for years, but despite the excellent reviews on Amazon, they were always slightly more expensive than the others I went for.

Last year, my sister-in-law asked for a Lumie Bodyclock for her birthday and she loved it so much I decided to invest when I got my new bedroom. When I got offered to try a Lumie product of my choice, I jumped at the chance!

I have to say I could have opted for all of them. If it was up to me, I would have a SAD light in every room of the house. I went for the versatile Lumie Zest, because it is so portable and can double up as a photo light on the go.

When I unpacked the Lumie Zest, I was even more impressed than I had anticipated. It is incredibly compact, which makes it the perfect travel companion, and a European plug is included, with a great clip-on system to easily convert my UK plug into a French one in a few seconds. Now that is what I call a travel SAD light!

Living with SAD – Lumie Zest Wake-up Light - Compact

It is really compact. Its stand, which can be placed in two different positions (one as a SAD light, one as a sunrise simulator) tucks neatly in the back of the Zest for when you are travelling.

Living with SAD – Lumie Zest Wake-up Light - Set up as SAD light

The Lumie Zest’s design is modern and sleek yet it looks great in my retro-inspired office space.

Living with SAD – Lumie Zest Wake-up Light - Helping in the Winter Months

Although I have been using sunrise alarm clocks for years, it is my first time trying a sunrise simulator that is also a SAD light and I have not been disappointed. It is an excellent SAD light and I love the fact you can fine-tune the intensity of the light and programme the length of time you spend in front of the light.

Living with SAD – Lumie Zest Wake-up Light used as a SAD Light

I find that with my big light in the living room, I tend to overdo it and spend most of the day with it on, resulting in regular headaches. That will not happen with Lumie Zest if you set it up.

Living with SAD – Lumie Zest Wake-up Light - SAD light for a Happier Me

I have been using my Lumie Zest since for a couple of months. I will not lie and say mornings became easy peasy from day 1, but I did notice an improvement straight away. Although I still snooze once and struggle to get out of bed, once I am up, I am up and considerably more energetic than usual and in a much better mood than the ‘normal’ me. I am also having one cup of coffee only, and do not feel like I need a second cup to face the morning.

Next year when the clocks go back, I might not be a happy bunny (who would be?), but I think I will know I can survive the winter with SAD.

Living with SAD – Lumie Zest Wake-up Light & SAD light

The lovely people at Lumie are offering one of my readers their own Lumie Zest (lucky you!). To be in for a chance of winning this brilliant alarm clock / light, follow the instructions below.

How to enter the giveaway:

You can pick and choose a range of ways in which to enter. The only one you must click on to get into the draw is the one asking you to leave a blog post comment. You must also leave a comment telling us what benefits of light therapy you would most enjoy after checking Lumie’s website.

Entries are open until 23.59 p.m. GMT time on 22 March 2016. Good luck!

Lumie

Disclosure:
– The prize will be supplied directly by Lumie.
– The giveaway is open to UK residents over 18.
– All opinions and photographs are my own.

I have listed this giveaway on ThePrizeFinder, SuperLucky and Loquax.

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Comments

  1. Georgina Jacobs says:

    I would love to use indoors in the winter months – that’s when I feel the worse – the dreary, grey, dull dark weather is a major impact for me. I also love aromatherapy, so the clock with those benefits would be tremendous for harmonising a sleep routine.

  2. Light therapy for waking as find it hard getting up with the dark mornings

  3. waking or sleeps sounds interesting and just what I need

  4. Linda Dale says:

    Lovely article about SAD Interesting to know you shouldn’t keep the light on all the time although I certainly feel like doing just that when we have grey dull days. Thanks for the information about the Lumie Zest.Need to get one as it’s ideal when I visit friends.I have suffered from SAD for a long time but only realised I suffered from it about 5 years ago.Still not had a diagnosis from GP just read the SAD website.

    • I’m the same, it’s pretty much self-diagnosed but it’s good to know there are ways to make things better. This little Lumie Zest has already travelled to France with me, and it takes no space at all.

      I don’t know whether it’s a common thing to get headaches when you keep a SAD light on all day, but in the darkest months, I just can’t help myself. The large light I have in my living room stays on for 12 hours or so. I’ve not read anywhere that it could cause headaches, but I noticed my headaches always came when the light had stayed on all day.

  5. I think that’s a common infliction Mel, seriously! Everyone is less chirpy during winter!! 🙂 You do the most amazing giveaways, am so bummed that I can’t enter!! 🙁

  6. Viv'Maman_Bas says:

    I would love to feel awake when my alarm-clock goes off! If I don’t jump out of bed straight away without thinking and dare to press the snooze button, I am doomed!!

  7. It’s great for treating acne which I didn’t know about!

  8. Samantha O'D says:

    A more gentle way of waking in the mornings. I am the moodiest person ever first thing

  9. Might have to get one of these as the Winter months are really depressing for me too. I really struggle to get out of bed in the mornings so I think one of these lights could be great. Which was the light you used for photography – sounds like a great idea?

  10. Miranda says:

    I’d love to feel more awake so I can become a morning person!

  11. Vincent Porter says:

    30-minute fading sunset sounds amazing. I often find it difficult to get to sleep.

  12. Anthony Goddard says:

    Feeling awake through light therapy

  13. carina says:

    I would give this to my teenager who has early starts for college but loves late nights. It would hopefully help relax her and ease her to sleep. It would hopefully also help keep skin clear and eyes bright.

  14. No more noisy alarms in the morning a nice gentle way to be woken up.

  15. karen T says:

    I would enjoy being gently woken up by light rather than a screaching alarm clock!

  16. Amanda Tanner says:

    I suffer from SAD so this would benefit me loads during the winter

  17. Denfor Hopkins says:

    I would love to have a more restful time in bed, getting up bright and early every day

  18. robyn297 says:

    Would love to have some help waking up on a morning

  19. Nicki Evans says:

    I would love to feel more awake in the mornings. This would definitely help in the winter.

  20. Ray Dodds says:

    Love the wake up light

  21. Light therapy for waking!

  22. Hope to be a bit more in tune with the world with this clock

  23. Helen Hodgson says:

    The Light therapy for waking up in the morning – just what I need !

  24. Harline says:

    I hate grey dull days and dark mornings so feeling more awake would work wonders

  25. Light therapy for waking!

  26. Regulating my sleep pattern!

  27. I think I’d love to try the SAD light Arabica

  28. Tracey Peach says:

    I would most enjoy the Bodyclock ELITE 300 🙂

  29. Joanne Beale says:

    I think this would benefit me as sometimes find it very hard to get the right amount of sleep. Light is able to synchronise our internal clock and regulate the brain cells that produce sleep or wakefulness hormones to switch on and off at the right time

  30. iain maciver says:

    light therapy for waking up

  31. Katie h says:

    Feeling more awake

  32. Angela treadway says:

    I like that it wakes you up gradually in the morning x

  33. Tom York says:

    Turn a sad day into a happy enlightened day

  34. Paula Readings says:

    I like the gradual wake up.

  35. Anthony G says:

    Light therapy for a healthy sleep would be great. My sleep patterns are so irregular.

  36. Michael Rattray says:

    Hopefully help with my acne

  37. laura banks says:

    the light therapy as waking up on dark mornings is hard work

  38. Chris Andrews says:

    the one l really like is Brightspark http://www.lumie.com/collections/light-therapy-sad/products/brightspark it looks cheerful even when not switched on

  39. I like the pleasant wake up, I hate feeling waking up and jumping straight up but if I dont…I wont

  40. Isabel O says:

    I like the Body Clock Go 75.

  41. sharon martin says:

    i like the idea of the fading sunset feature to helps you to wind down for bed

  42. Laura Todd says:

    The wake up lighting would suit me great

  43. Hayley Atkins says:

    I dread the winter months and wish I could hibernate from late October to late March. My partner says that it is like living with a grumpy bear! Anything that would help to lift my mood would be fantastic and from what I have read,it seems that Lumie could be the answer.

  44. Sharon Freemantle says:

    I would love the graduai wake up. Also to try to regulate my sleep patterns.

  45. Anne Jenkins says:

    Having a nightmare this Winter with SAD. I would be thrilled to win

  46. tracy sinclair says:

    Both Sleeping and Waking as I have trouble getting to sleep at times which means I also having difficulty waking up in the mornings x

  47. Ruby Spiteri says:

    sounds great, I like the gradual wake up then been woke up by an alarm clock x

  48. Sam McKean says:

    Being gradually woken up. I am sure my loud, booming alarm just makes the day start badly! 🙂

  49. Jane Wilson says:

    These lights look great. Would love to win one

  50. Dawn Jermy says:

    I would find this useful for both waking me up and relieving sad. I really struggle to get up in the winter and I have to be forced to go out because I find the dark, grey gloominess of winter really difficult.

  51. Ms Patricia J Porter says:

    Super prize and Love to win this. I do feel I should hibernate at winter

  52. Kev C says:

    I like the light therapy for waking up, much nicer than a loud buzzing!

  53. Karl Borowy says:

    this is good news

  54. Rey Chunara says:

    Waking up gradually would definitely improve my moods in the morning

  55. ashleigh allan says:

    I like the idea of waking up gradually – nothing worse than suddenly having to get up to an alarm!

  56. gaynor spanswick says:

    Heard so many good things about these would love to try one .

  57. Denielle Nicol says:

    Getting more and a better quality of sleep, increased energy oh I’d just love and benefit from everything good on the list! Dxx

  58. Natalie Crossan says:

    The gradual wake up 🙂

  59. Kat Lucas says:

    The light therapy for waking

  60. Mary Chez says:

    Being woken up gently sounds appealing

  61. Amanda noble says:

    Definitely light therapy for waking as i hare getting up in a cold winters morning

  62. Frances Sunshine Hopkins says:

    Light therapy for waking up on the dark winter mornings, I hate dragging myself out of bed

  63. The light therapy for waking. Getting up in the dark is something I hate.

  64. Catherine says:

    Light therapy for waking up in the morning

  65. Lynne OConnor says:

    I like the idea of using it to modify out of phase sleep patterns

  66. Definitely boosted concentration!

  67. Jasmine says:

    Light therapy sounds so much more gentle for awakening, my mornings are so dreadful & its hard to come round from sleep in a very good mood from my phone vibrating, or my radio alarm!

  68. I could really do with the light therapy as I have SAD plus depression and bed is my safe place so it’s sometimes really difficult getting up. I think this would really help. Thanks for a great prize x

  69. The acne treating really appeals to me

  70. Ruth Robinson says:

    a gentle way to wake up in the morning so im not grumpy

  71. Steph says:

    The gradual wake up would be most appealing to me!

  72. Layla Thomas says:

    I would love the energy boost. By February each year I find it hard to just put one foot in front of the other.

  73. Chris Kastamonitis says:

    Excellent Morning Timer !!!!

  74. Ema J Lowe says:

    the light therapy on waking

  75. Lynne Thomas says:

    I’d love a gentle wake up ?

  76. Emma Riches says:

    I’d love to be able to get into a healthy sleep/wake pattern with this light

  77. Ruth Harwood says:

    light therapy in the morning – I find winter mornings very hard xx

  78. Johanne currie says:

    Would love this x

  79. Kim M says:

    It would be nice to wake refreshed x

  80. to brighten my hubby’s working day in his study and to prevent his grumpiness in the winter ;-)))

  81. karen salisbury says:

    I dont like being rushed out bed

  82. Adeline Sheradelia says:

    To feel awake and refreshed when it’s time to get up! 🙂

  83. Christine Caple says:

    I like that it can help to re-set your body clock.

  84. I would be a nice way to be woken in the morning, rather than the alarm we have thats so loud and an awful beeping noise! x

  85. carolyn joyce says:

    Just to feel more awake in the mornings would be a wonderful thing – my depression is worse in winter and when I wake up in the mornings I feel absolutely exhausted and lack lustre. Hopefully this light would help

  86. Tracy Newton says:

    This would be great to regulate my sleep paterns

  87. I would like to synchronise my internal clock

  88. The Bodzyclock Elite 3000 would be nice because it has so many features.

  89. Leeanne Clifford says:

    I would love the Iris clock but the light therapy ones look amazing too

  90. Becca Staples says:

    Would be great to regulate sleep patterns x

  91. tracy baines says:

    what a nice way to wake up with a natural light and not some horrible beeping alarm

  92. Liam Bishop says:

    It would be nice to help me get up when it’s dark, find that really hard.

  93. Tanya Bryant says:

    The desk lamp as I sit at my desk all day

  94. Sam Goodwin says:

    Light therapy. I’ve always wanted to try it to brighten my mood.

  95. Joy B says:

    The gradual wake up would be great rather than being startled awake

  96. Alison Johnson says:

    Boost in concentration would be good as my mind is always wandering.

  97. Sobia says:

    I like the idea of waking up gently and not with the sound if a alarm clock.

  98. Sheila Howes says:

    I would find the light to help you wake up the best thing – with my health I always struggle with mornings!

  99. Gill Holmes says:

    It would help me stay alert

  100. Katy Komping says:

    Would love to be able to wake up gently and naturally. Also the acne side of things sounds interesting!

  101. liz ferguson says:

    I am quite sure that this is a much more natural way to wake up x

  102. Judith Allen (@JudeVFR400) says:

    Wake-up lights help to keep your sleep cycle on track, boosting mood, energy and productivity levels all day – that would be amazing if it really worked for us. That would be seriously impressive – I’m always tired with MS, and my partner has real trouble sleeping. Help!

  103. Michelle Sykes says:

    Gentle way of waking up – fab

  104. Vicky Online says:

    People are talking about feeling more awake, but sleeping better would be the main benefit for me.

  105. light therapy, that is very much needed

  106. clair downham says:

    the fading sunset sounds fantastic

  107. Bethan Phillips says:

    Definitely the gentle wake up

  108. Beky Austerberry says:

    the gradual wake up sounds bliss

  109. Wonderful article, It would definitely be light therapy for me. I have never been a great sleeper, my clock is always ‘out’ so I would love to try this to see if it helps with my mood and/ or my body clock!

  110. Laura Nice says:

    This sounds great waking up to a natural light.

  111. Lisa James says:

    I actually do suffer from SAD so this would really be fab. Thank you xx

  112. Gillian McClelland says:

    15 or 30-minute sunrise to wake you up gradually Sounds wonderful as I have always struggled really badly in the morning

  113. Tracy says:

    As a SAD sufferer, I’m a huge fan of LUMIE. I love the gentle wakening too and the sunet fading feature, as I don’t sleep well most of the year!

  114. Keith Hunt says:

    The wake – up light sounds good as its a killer on my health after 20yrs working nights.

  115. Sophie Marie Cartwright says:

    Gentle wakening sounds brilliant!

  116. I’d give this to my mum if I won, she suffers really badly with SAD x

  117. Rachel Heap says:

    I think this would help me alot i struggle to get up throughout the dark winter months this light therapy would really help me

  118. Pauline Hill says:

    sounds great looks good and i really want one

  119. Catherine Pawsey says:

    I do miss bright morning light as it does make you feel more positive for the coming day.

  120. Fiona K says:

    I suffer from SAD so this would be a much kinder way to start the day. Mondays would never seem so bad again!

  121. Mark Palmer says:

    Would love to wake up to light rather than a piercing alarm.

  122. It would have to be feeling happier as SAD always hits me most around february

  123. I’d enjoy being woken up gently by the light in the winter. I find loud beeping alarm clocks put me in a really bad mood, and I hate putting on a bright light as soon as I’ve opened my eyes!

  124. Claire Grigg says:

    Combatting SAD would be great!

  125. I have depression so hopefully it might help with that

  126. Naz M says:

    the blue-white bright light therapy which has shown reduced depression scores, light therapy has so many benefits!

  127. Zoe G says:

    I would love to try the Zest, in more recent years I am tired throughout the day in the winter and have real trouble getting up

  128. Phil Darling says:

    I like the idea of waking up slowly

  129. I would hope it helps with better sleep patterns and stops the urge to ‘nap’ in the afternoon

  130. Holly Gibson says:

    The idea that it would reduce the winter blues for me, and feel more natural waking up

  131. Suzanne says:

    I’d love a more natural, gentle way to feel awake in the mornings. Really miss the light in winter months.

  132. Laura Jeffs says:

    I like the fact that it can treat acne!

  133. Sarah Mackay says:

    Living in the north of Scotland I would find it beneficial for the long mornings

  134. I love the thought of waking up more naturally, rather than being jolted from a deep sleep by the alarm

  135. Julie Feathers says:

    The wake up sounds

  136. Light therapy for waking, I have the hardest time getting up in the morning

  137. Helen Adams says:

    I like the idea of being woken up gently x

  138. emmav6 says:

    love the idea of a gentle way to wake, this would be better with us still having my baby girl in the room too x

  139. gemma jordan says:

    I love the light therapy as it would help me wake up gently

  140. Paul Wilson says:

    Simulating sunrise to help me wake up interests me.

  141. Emily Knight says:

    Definitely light therapy for waking – sounds ideal!

  142. fionajk42 says:

    I have a SAD lamp which I have found to really help me over the winter with feeling tired and listless, and prone to overeating. My son’s partner suffers from the same symptoms, so it would be nice to be able to give her a SAD lamp.

  143. Jo m welsh says:

    I would like the Easy-to-use light therapy

  144. i think this would be great i really struggle during the darker winter months in the morning , as i get older it gets harder

  145. Julie Henderson says:

    nice not to have to rely on an alarm

  146. Sally Mitchell says:

    This machine sounds amazing – SAD is so very difficult to live with – I’ve tried a lot but not this one – great to have feedback – so expensive to keep trying stuff. Thanks so much – praying you will get better and better!

    • Hi Sally! I know it can get expensive but SAD is such a pain when you find something that works, it’s so worth it, isn’t it? If you’ve not tried Lumie lights before, they are really brilliant.

  147. leanne weir says:

    Gentle wakening is just what I need x

  148. Scarlett says:

    Lumi really do work. This size would be perfect for taking with you, if travelling.

  149. Rob Barnes says:

    I get SAD in the winter so this would be really cool.

  150. Natasha Whenham says:

    Gentle waking would really be beneficial. I have to be up very early for work and anything to make that easier would be great.

  151. Elaine Robinson says:

    I; would like the light therapy .

  152. Kamara H says:

    Light therapy for waking definitely sounds like my idea of a gentle wake up!

  153. cathyj says:

    the wake up sounds brill think it will be beneficial for me

  154. Karen hutchinson says:

    Gentle wakening sounds great – before my 5 year old jumps on me !

  155. Louise A says:

    My husband suffers from SAD which has a knockon effect on me. So treating it with light therapy would help a lot I think

  156. Terri Mathewson says:

    I like the sound of being woken up gradually, without a noisy alarm

  157. Lisa Parker says:

    I would love to be woken up by the gentle, calming light. As a sufferere of depression this would help me get through the, often depressingly gloomy winter months

  158. Lucy I says:

    I would use the light for waking up in those dark wintery mornings

  159. I think I would like how it gently wakes you up the best as I’m not good in the mornings!

  160. Rebecca Alderson says:

    The increase in energy and motivation would be great!

  161. Rich Tyler says:

    No crazy loud noises in my ear first thing!

  162. hannonle says:

    I think that I would most enjoy the effect it has on easing PMS symptoms, as well as it helping you to wake up more naturally in the mornings.

  163. L BUNNING says:

    It would be this ‘ The light of Bodyclock can help to reset the body’s natural rhythms to suit the working day better and make you feel more awake and refreshed when you have to get up.’

  164. Caroline H says:

    Regulating sleep patterns would be great for me. I have trouble falling asleep, wake up in the night then don’t want to get up in the morning!

  165. Tom Humphries says:

    Light therapy for waking me up in a morning!! 🙂

  166. John Tingay says:

    It’s the “waking” light therapy that attracts me to Lumie, but I am also intrigued by the “going to sleep” therapy.

  167. S Bufton says:

    I think gentle sounds and light would really help me wake gradually instead of all of a sudden.

  168. Stacey Carnell says:

    I <3 that it simulates sunrise

  169. Rachael G says:

    “The light stimulates production of hormones that help us to get up and go, while suppressing those that bring on sleep”. Anything that would help me feel a little more get up and go in the mornings would be amazing!

  170. Anthony Harrington says:

    the waking sounds and the light therapy interest me

  171. Jocelyn says:

    Feeling awake

  172. fozia Akhtar says:

    The light therapy

  173. rominy colville says:

    my husband suffers from SAD would like to try this product

  174. Ellen Sheppard says:

    I like the idea of the Iris bodyclock hubby suffers terribly with not being able to get to sleep at night and waking up groggy.

  175. I definitely need to get one for next winter!

  176. mummyfever says:

    My man needs this – I have the children to wake me up lol

  177. Shivon Davis says:

    The light therapy would really work for me and my husband 🙂 Such a fantastic idea, Thanks so much for the chance x

  178. Laura Evans says:

    Getting up to go to work on those dark mornings this is a real help…

  179. Sue ellins says:

    The light therapy

  180. I’d love to be able to wake up refreshed and have more energy

  181. Jo Carroll says:

    The ‘Light Therapy on Waking’ would really help me. x

  182. Megan Adams says:

    It will lift your mood, energy and productivity all day.

  183. this would be brilliant. i love the idea of waking naturally

  184. Laura Kevlin says:

    Waking up gently 🙂

  185. Any help with my energy levels is definitely needed which the site says that light therapy can help with, especially for the gradual wake up in the morning

  186. Soph H says:

    The wake up light I hate dark mornings

  187. Janice says:

    the light therapy for waking up looks great

  188. Harry Baker-Farmer says:

    Not being jolted awake by the horrible noise of a normal alarm clock!

  189. philippa gerrard says:

    i had no idea it was good for acne, would love to see if it works

  190. Margaret Gallagher says:

    To be woken naturally each morning with the aid of the Iris body clock

  191. Lovely prize thank you

  192. alice o'connor says:

    Light therapy, and to wake up naturally feeling more relaxed and energised x

  193. Kirsty Sparks says:

    The light waking me up 🙂

  194. The fading sunset sounds lovely

  195. Lucy Howard says:

    This sounds brilliant, much better than the usual alarm clock!

  196. juliette says:

    I would love to be woken gently with thefeelingof the sun shining on my face – that would defnitely make me start the day with a smile

  197. I’ve been meaning to try one of these for ages, it would be great to have the soothing wake up rather than a harsh alarm and maybe it would help to boost overall mood throughout the day?

  198. m knight says:

    would love the gradual wake up light, especially during the dark, winter mornings

  199. han24 says:

    I’d love to feel more awake in the mornings, the ability to treat acne would be useful too!

  200. Karen S says:

    The gradual waking up, I struggle with CF as it is.
    Love the small, neat size of this!

  201. Ella Anderson says:

    I really suffer with SAD so this could be just the thing to help me 😉

  202. Elaine Skye Clark says:

    Dark mornings are horrendous…..I wake up feeling so drowsy and irritated. This would help with my SAD symptoms and sounds amazing.! Thanks for the competition.

  203. I’d really hope it helps me to wake up in the mornings, I’ve never been a morning person and would love to wake more happily.

  204. Like the fact it gradually wakes you up 🙂

  205. jemma dwyer says:

    gentle wake up 🙂

  206. Jodi hill says:

    The soothing wake up instead of being grumpy!

  207. Ruth Goddard says:

    ‘Our lights help you to sleep well and get up in the morning, beat the afternoon slump, conquer jetlag and look after your skin’ this would be great for my night shifts

  208. Kim Styles says:

    waaking up in the morning as I need to rise early for the children and work

  209. Solange says:

    I would enjoy being gently woken up by light rather than a loud, annoying alarm clock.

  210. Danielle Louise Cresswell says:

    I like the idea of a natural slow wake up. I suffer from Fibromyalgia and wake up most days unrefreshed and groggy.

  211. rebekah scott says:

    Such a lovely prize ! – fingers crossed Liked and shared for you Xx Thank you for the chance to win Xx good luck everyone xx

  212. Mandie Wright says:

    I’d appreciate the natural ending to my sleep by gently being woken by my own rising sun next to my bed!

  213. Emma Gibson says:

    Light therapy for waking me up in the morning.

  214. Justine Meyer says:

    Would love the light therapy for the mornings x

  215. Nancy Bradford says:

    I think I really need the bright light therapy sessions this time of year.

  216. Gemma Massey says:

    I’m not a morning person so a gentler way of waking up sounds fab x

  217. jen s morgan says:

    I would love to woken gently and slowly rather than the noisy alarm nearly giving me a heart attack x

  218. Jo McPherson says:

    I’d love to wake up without using an alarm

  219. Emma Walton says:

    I believe I would benefit from SAD light therapy. As soon as the leaves begin to fall, my mood changes and I feel low and sluggish. I can’t be bothered to go out, to do anything and yet as soon as spring starts to show her face, I feel better.

  220. Emily Hutchinson says:

    Waking up slowly would be nice, I hate the shock of an alarm clock!

  221. The acne treating aspect. Didn’t have a clue about that! Wow.

  222. Dawn Wilkinson says:

    I’d like to have more ‘get up and go’ and also feel less sad

  223. BARBARA MADDEN says:

    Im not a good sleeper but would love to try one of these my friend has one and says they are so calming just having the subdued light makes it more resting

  224. Carole says:

    I suffer badly with SAD, so I’d really like to try light therapy for it.

  225. sherri hough says:

    The light therapy would be good for me. I have Bi-polar and the dark mornings really affect me more than they should. The light will help me feel better on first waking im sure of it

  226. tracy james says:

    ive suffered with SAD all my adult life.id love to give this a try.thanks for the chance of being able to win.good luck every body….x

  227. Christina Brown says:

    I’ve wanted on of these for ages but there’s actually so many benefits I didn’t realise about before reading up on it now. I think the best benefit for me would still be the gentle wake up as I often feel groggy and tired when my alarm startles me awake
    It would also probably inspire me to adopt a better sleeping pattern in general (I’ve been known to stay up until the early hours winding down with my laptop!)

  228. Would love to try it sounds a great idea!

  229. Amy Skinner says:

    Wake-up lights help to keep your sleep cycle on track, boosting mood, energy and productivity levels all day. Sounds fab to me

  230. lokasey says:

    Light therapy for waking sounds ideal

  231. Greig spencer says:

    i think it will help my SAD alot

  232. Lucy Major says:

    I think both the acne benefits and being more awake when my alarm goes off!

  233. angiehoggett says:

    the light therapy sounds amazing

  234. it is the gradual sunrise effect that i really like the sound of

  235. Lorraine Tinsley says:

    The light therapy sounds great, especially when I have to get up really early in the winter

  236. Jess Mandeville says:

    Helping me sleep better would be the benefit I’d enjoy the most.

  237. Lisa Wilkinson says:

    That blue light can kill the bacteria which causes acne

  238. Would love to wake up feeling refreshed i the morning!! I am terrible at mornings!!

  239. rebecca courtney says:

    would be ideal for my son

  240. Susan B says:

    Fading sunset that helps you to relax and unwind naturally is the most helpful feature for me.

  241. Ellen says:

    To feel more awake in the Winter mornings!

  242. cheryl lovell says:

    It treats acne too?! Fabulous!

  243. Suzie Wilder says:

    I’ve suffered from Sad for years but only recently understood what it was! This could be my saviour!

  244. Annabel Greaves says:

    The light therapy to help me to wake up in the mornings

  245. Caroline Blaza says:

    I love the idea of the light therapy to wake me up

  246. I’d enjoy waking up to a gentle light in the morning at a time set by me. I hate waking up in darkness and find it so hard to wake up in winter.

  247. Extra bright light for the winter months sounds great. We all need a bit of that!

  248. Claire Ward says:

    The light therapy sounds great

  249. shell says:

    30 minute fading sunset

  250. Alistair Smith says:

    If it cuts down the coffee I seem to need, as it did for you, I will be very pleased and healthier !

  251. lia sturman says:

    would love to feel more awake in the mornings

  252. Lynsey Buchanan says:

    A more natural way to wake in the morning

  253. Helping you to wake up more easily

  254. The Fading Sunset would be amazing I’m pregnant at the moment and struggle to settle before bed x

  255. The waking up part sounds interesting. Sometimes I feel as if I’ve woken up at the wrong part of a sleep cycle as I feel more tired than when I went to bed! This would really help and if I’m reading the website correctly, it’ll encourage the release of hormones which aid waking up.

  256. Kristyn Harris says:

    I’d love to brighten my mood with this SAD light!

  257. Diane Searle says:

    Having PCOS means the biggest benefit to me would be the fact it helps with menstrual cycles

  258. Georgia McAllister says:

    The mood boosting effects would be most useful for me.

  259. Vanessa Jumeau says:

    Would love to try light therapy as I get a bit SAD during winter.x

  260. Kate Knight says:

    The light therapy and relief from SAD

  261. Katherine Mock says:

    I would love to give this to my dad as he suffers with SAD

  262. amy fidler says:

    it would really help my SAD plus would love to wake up properly in the mornings x

  263. Fiona Mallard says:

    Feeling more awake due to waking up better

  264. Keshia Esgate says:

    Definitely need help getting up in the morning!

  265. Roseanna Scott says:

    just seeing if it helps me feel more positive in the winter

  266. Mary Baldwin says:

    The wake up light – I think it would make me happier in the mornings.

  267. Jenny Jones says:

    It would be nice to wake up gently and not a shock of the alarm to help with mood and energy levels

  268. Sarah Robinson says:

    I would love to wake up feeling like it was time to get up. Would also love the benefits of boosting mood, energy and productivity levels all day.

  269. I think it would help me wake up better. I suffer from Chronic fatigue and I suffer really badly in the winter I am sure the dark dreary days make me feel worse.

  270. Paula Phillips says:

    I’d love being woken up gently without a noisy alarm clock, I find it easier to get up when it’s nice and bright.

  271. Teresa Lee says:

    The light therapy for waking up

  272. kerryann owens says:

    I love the fact that it helps with SAD

  273. A.E. ADKINS says:

    Love the thought of this prize , oh to feel refreshed & invigorated!

  274. Debi Gillard says:

    Light Therapy for a healthy sleep would be fantastic – always up at the crack of dawn!

  275. Victoria Prince says:

    I think I would most enjoy the aromatherapy feature 🙂 what a fab idea to have aromatherapy chambers built in. I love the fact it can be continuous or intermittent, with so many options. Coupled with the sunrise and sunset feature I think it would be of massive benefit to me

  276. Jeremy Hards says:

    I like the fact that you can use the Zest for bright light therapy in the winter months or when you’re stuck indoors as well as for waking up in the morning.

    I think this would help as I find it easier to get up in the summer. I would also benefit from additional ‘daylight’ during the day. Not only would it provide ‘daylight’ but at 2000 lumens it would be bright enough for doing crafts, reading etc.

  277. Isabelle Smith says:

    acne benefits!!!

  278. Jessica Hutton says:

    I love the fact it helps with SAD. My mum gets affected by it so it would be fantastic for her xx

  279. Helen A says:

    The aromatherapy feature is amazing, thing it is a great addition to anyone’s room

  280. a great way to wake up

  281. Corinne Wallace says:

    I’d love to feel more awake in the morning and not wake to an aggressive sounding beep of an alarm!

  282. Debbie Burfoot says:

    My dr says i have the symptoms of SAD as well as a diagnosis of fibromyalgia and i have been looking into these. The waking up and feeling refreshed would be amazing

  283. Jan Beal says:

    Waking up gently with light on dark winter days would be such a relief

  284. I have had a bad winter this year would love to win this. Fantastic prize thanks for the chance x

  285. Rebecca Ruff says:

    To brighten my mood.

  286. claire jamie gray says:

    love the wakeup light xx

  287. I suffer with Fibromyalgia, M.E. depression, anxiety and S.A.D. … I havent yet had the funds to buy one of these to try it out, but reading up on this .. It would definitely be worth it. Helping with my tiredness, mood and eating habits xx

  288. I would love one of these to enable me to wake feeling refreshed

  289. Collette Mackey says:

    Light therapy to wake me up in the morning 🙂

  290. I discovered the benefits of a SAD lamp many winters ago but the device that I currently use is a huge one with fluorescent tubes which flicker. An LED replacement such as this type would be ideal for next winter. (It is only a week now to the clocks going forward so I won’t need the light until about October!)

  291. julie smith says:

    I didn’t know this particular model existed, thanks. I think I would benefit most from the SAD light to boost my “mood” but a geltle wake-up routine would be of benefit too.

  292. Kristy Leanne Brown says:

    Light therapy to wake up – sounds fantastic as I don’t have a problem in summer but I’m miserable in winter

  293. Cathy O says:

    I would love to feel awake using light therapy 🙂

  294. buddymagoo says:

    the hormone level adjustment on waking!

  295. Sue Dorking says:

    Was interested in using one at work : Whatever hours you work, extra light when you’re awake will help to convince your body clock that it’s daytime so that you’re alert when you need to be and you sleep better when you get home

  296. charlotte says:

    i find it hard to get to sleep so it fading before i go to sleep would be great

  297. I do get down in the winter, would enjoy the benefit of felling less glum

  298. Eleanor Powell says:

    To wake up naturally to light, I dont do very well on the dark mornings

  299. I suffer with SAD so this would be great!

  300. I would love to be more awake in the morning

  301. Susan Carruthers says:

    I think I’d benefit from the light on a morning, as I have trouble waking up in winter.

  302. Emily Jayne Phipps says:

    Great way to wake up, naturally and gently! In fact I would love this for my hubby who is a snoozer and puts four alarms on before he gets up, which would actually give me 50 min extra sleep!!!

  303. Susan Elvin says:

    I would enjoy a happier family member.

  304. stephen holman says:

    the light therapy to wake me up 🙂

  305. I’d enjoy an effective way to combat SAD (seasonal affective disorder). Being more upbeat and jolly makes the winter far more enjoyable

  306. Marrian says:

    I find it difficult to get up in the mornings so helping with that would be great.

  307. Kat Allinson says:

    I like the gentle wake up

  308. Alleviating the symptoms of PMS sounds like magic

  309. The morning light

  310. Jennie says:

    gradual wake up light

  311. Maria P says:

    wake up light – especially during winter when it is still dark outside

  312. Dawn Hull says:

    Being able to wake up more easily in the dark Winter months.

  313. Adrian Bold says:

    The wake up light is a nice option.

  314. I’d really like the fading sunset. It seems like a great way to relax into sleep.

  315. jamie millard says:

    wakeup light therapy. i’m always woken up harshly and it really takes its toll.

  316. claire little says:

    the waking feature as I always find it difficult in the mornings

  317. Kerry W says:

    I have such trouble with sleeping anyway, and it can be quite hard to get up in the mornings, then I feel miserable all day, so it would be lovely to get some help with that!

  318. ellie spider says:

    the body clock iris 500 looks amazing not only a gentle awakening form the light but also includes aromatherapy too. I hate the winter it leaves me lethargic and I get nothing done. Since the sun has started to be out I have recarpeted the hall and recovered the chair lol

  319. Geoff Hibbert (@mrboggle) says:

    The light therapy wake up – better than a harsh alarm

  320. sarah says:

    The sunrise to wake me up gradually

  321. claire fawkner says:

    Love the fading sunset – much more relaxing to go to sleep with

  322. Jane H Shaw says:

    I like the idea of a gentle wake up rather than jumping when the alarm goes off. Thanks

  323. Suzanne Sendell says:

    Sleeping and waking as both are so hard for me to do

  324. Sarah Lewis says:

    No noisy alarm sounds amazing!

  325. Wes M says:

    The wake up light sounds good

  326. elaine stokes says:

    i think the best effect will be on my family…. they may have a nicer person to live with, waking up happier will help

  327. esme mccrubb says:

    I love the waking feature

  328. Gem Cook says:

    The Wake Up Light Therapy would be very useful. I find it hard to get up in the mornings.
    Thank you for the chance ☺

  329. Melanie Burton says:

    I am a sufferer of SAD so I would LOVE to use this to help. I am also a terrible sleeper, so would love to use this to help me sleep better!

  330. Angela says:

    Very Interesting

  331. Wake up light Therapy would be great for me 🙂

  332. Saran Benjamin says:

    The wake up light would be amazing

  333. Saz Palmer says:

    i hate the winter months always so slow and sluggish any help to make them more barable would be fab x

  334. pauline black (@suff38) says:

    The light therapy for waking up! What a fab idea!

  335. Lyndsey Beckford says:

    The feature to wake up more naturally – I have trouble waking up!

  336. I love the look of this light, have only seen their wake-up lights previously and wasn’t so keen on them as they can get hot – loe that the Zest uses LED lights – have put this on my wish list now

  337. leanne abel says:

    I like the look of the Bodyclock elite 300, I also think I suffer from SAD and would love to test it and see if it helps me be less depressed

  338. Bryony Brooke says:

    I’d love to feel awake when my alarm goes off, rather than running on adrenaline from the horrible noise and being startled!

  339. sarah parker says:

    looks great 🙂

  340. tracey baker says:

    The wake up light therapy sounds good not too much of a shock to the system more a gradual waking x

  341. Rebecca Lis says:

    Being woken up gently would be much better than a loud alarm!

  342. tracey ryder says:

    love the idea of a wake up light

  343. claire sen says:

    The gentle wake up instead of the most hideous BEEP BEEP BEEP that gives me a fright every morning! This would be so much nicer.

  344. Meena Hindmarch says:

    It really does all sound fab, but for me the light therapy to help with waking would be amazing. It’s so hard to do on the dark winter days!

  345. Andrew Hindley says:

    Love the Lumie Bodyclock, that gradually turn on and get brighter during the last 30 minutes of sleep

  346. Ruth Wollerton says:

    The waking feature to give me that kick start in the morning

  347. I think the light therapy getting slowly brighter would be a real help to me. I always struggle to get to sleep and then once asleep can’t wake up!!

  348. annmarie Crawford says:

    The light therapy I can’t wake in the mornings when it’s all grey and dull outside

  349. Scott Fallon says:

    i’d like the gradual wake up

  350. Can use it as a Desklamp as well.

  351. Karen Laing says:

    I’m sure I was a bear in a past life as I could easily hibernate,when it’s dark my body wants to sleep,which means winter isn’t that great.To be wakened gently by the mimicking of daylight sounds wonderful,and aromatherapy too,this would be my dream item x

  352. Fiona says:

    would love the light therapy to wake up too

  353. I have always wanted one of these, I really suffer when the clocks change in the winter and January and February are such a struggle to me.

  354. Valerie mccarthy says:

    Brighten your mood with some light exercise
    Research finds ‘no seasonal difference in depressive symptoms’
    I could use light therapy since I tend to get a little down during the winter months.

  355. Lisa Debz says:

    I would like to win, i have depression and this may help. it would also help my special needs son who has SAD

  356. Michelle Pierce says:

    Love that it brightens your mood

  357. Annette Haden says:

    Mood lifting

  358. nicole says:

    Love that it helps with acne!

  359. Jayne Kelsall says:

    Definitley the light theraphy to wake me up, I really struggle with that.x

  360. Tishist says:

    The light therapy for waking up on dark mornings would be a benefit

  361. Rhonda says:

    I didnt know it could treat acne either, I love that.

  362. Lisa Mauchline says:

    I think the light therapy would be a great help for my husband in the mornings for his early morning starts

  363. Neil Pearson says:

    I hate the winter and the long evenings – my energy really starts to suffer from late September but I feel better after the winter solstice when the days start getting longer.

  364. Amy Jo McLellan says:

    Having a gentle wake up call

  365. Tracey says:

    Dark cold miserable mornings, who wants to wake up to that?

  366. Julie Camm says:

    I seem to need sleep more in the morning when I have to get up for work, so it would be a real help for me in the mornings

  367. Jennifer Stevenson says:

    the light therapy to help me wake up in the morning

  368. leonie owen says:

    the light therapy looks fab

  369. Alica says:

    I suffer from terrible insomnia and wonder if this could help combat that! I am so not a morning person lol

  370. Light therapy for waking slowly because I suffer from SAD and also ME/CFS so really need something like this. thank you

  371. Sara Owen says:

    The light therapy would love this this would so help my SAD

  372. Anna K says:

    I like the sunrise function which wakes you up gradually. Nothing worse than the alarm clock suddenly going off and waking you from a deep sleep.

  373. Denise Seddon says:

    I want to make feel more awake in the morning as I always feel half asleep, hopefully this would help me sleep better at night too.

  374. Helen Gilbert says:

    Light Therapy for a lovely way to wake up..no more grumpy mornings!

  375. Kay Broomfield says:

    A gentle wake up

  376. light therapy, I struggle to wake as it is, even worse in winter months

  377. Pia Stephens says:

    The light therapy definitely, I’m not a morning person anyways but having to wake up in the crack of dawn to do the school run when it’s dark, wet and cold is so not my idea of fun albeit I must admit it’s still a whole lot easier here than where I come from (the Nordics) as winters are rather short here and you still get a fair bit of light! When I was in school it was always dark, the only moments of dim daylight was wasted whilst we sat indoors for months at a time, now that was depressing x

  378. Trudee Hartley says:

    The light therapy to wake me gently sounds great! I’m so moody in the mornings x

  379. Diane Duggan says:

    Relief from SAD – I really need this.

  380. Rebekah Powley says:

    I’d enjoy feeling just that little bit brighter taking the edge off those miserable mornings!

  381. Katie says:

    The light therapy, I like the idea of a gradual wake up.

  382. Oksana Fitzgerald says:

    I love that they put you in a better mood and make you feel more awake

  383. Alleviating PMS symptoms sounds fab!

  384. Emily Clark says:

    The fact it wakes you up gently would be fab. I hate being scared awake!

  385. Aaron Milne says:

    I think the light therapy clock would be good for me – feel really low so often

  386. I’d love it to help me with my energy as I’ve struggled with Chronic Fatigue for years and now have Fibromyalgia, and one can help clear acne, too. Amazing.

  387. chirag P says:

    waking up light therapy

  388. I love the idea of waking naturally, and feeling better on a morning. I’m definitely not known as a morning person!

  389. Yvonne Hannah says:

    Reading the website , I didn’t realise how I’ve been affected for years , this light therapy would make me less irritable and moody and get my sleep pattern back in order after working years of night shifts .

  390. i’d love the light therapy, got to be better than being rudely awoken by the alarm going off!

  391. Monika S says:

    I love the idea of treating acne

  392. Claire Blaney says:

    In the winter the main on i would want to get rid of is my sad but as its the spring my Acne is my main concern at the moment

  393. amanda greensmith says:

    how strange it can cure acne

  394. George Worboys Wright says:

    Helping with my sleep patterns as I find it hard to get to sleep and then am tired in the morning.

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