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Do you feel SAD?

Most of us know what it feels like to be tired. And I’m guessing that most of us know how sluggish we feel on a cold, dark winter’s day. In fact it’s so natural to feel like that that most of us take it for granted.

But what many people don’t know is that daylight has a very dramatic effect on how you feel. Both the amount and quality of light has an impact. Which of us hasn’t felt wonderful in the warm glow of a beautiful sunset?

Research shows that light stimulates the senses. Light is energy, after all. And light can give you more energy which in turn can help you less lethargic. Is it any wonder then that people wake easily in the summer months, but often have trouble in the dark winter months? That’s why some people use special lighting, such as the HF3461.

When light falls onto your eyes your brain gets a message to produce cortisol. That stimulates you, because it’s the energy hormone. When it’s time to wake up in the morning a good bathing of light is important so that your hormones are better balanced and you’ll feel more energetic right from the get-go.

But what do you do if you don’t get enough natural light? That’s when devices such as the Philips HF3461 can help. It’s classed as a medical device. That’s right, the Philips hf3461 wake up light alarm clock is actually classifed as a medical device.

Offering up to 400 Lux light intensity, it easily meets the level of 250 Lux that is required to affect energy hormones so you wake up full of energy. And for easy reading a light level of 300 to 400 Lux is ideal to avoid eye-strain, so such lighting devices are great for catching up on your favourite novel before bed!

Only you know whether you have trouble waking each morning, but remember that light can help. And if you don’t have a suitable natural source of light – for example if your bedroom window is obscured by other buildings – then a specialist light might just be the thing you need.

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