It has been a month since Lumie sent me a lamp and an alarm clock to try. I had read about light therapy but was, I must be honest, a little sceptical to say the least.
I have been using the lumie alarm clock regularly. My husband, who works night shifts, also uses it on occasion during the day.
In comparison with when I wake with light therapy, on the days that I used the normal alarm, I was much more lethargic, it took me longer to awaken fully and get up, a very noticable difference. When I woke to the light ‘alarm’ I was brighter, ready for action for sure.
Even through the summer I train twice a day most of the time. This means that I still get up before dawn, a lot of the time. The light alarm is growing into something that is my saviour, that I rely on, and when I use it I will be able to get up promptly and have a good training session. It has enabled me to do many early morning training sessions that I felt surprisingly good about, not to mention the 90 minute brick session I did yesterday before breakfast! (yes, it was very cold out at 5am!)
So far I am very much impressed, and am trying to work out how I might make the alarm clock portable so I can take it with me when I travel to races!
I would say light therapy is invaluable, even in summer!