Lately, coffee ain’t doing what it should.
I don’t know if it’s the *excessively* long winter we’re having (frost in May? Really, Mother Nature?) or the constant travel, late nights and hours spent at the computer… I’m just not feeling my best.
Now I can guess what you’re thinking – “constant travel, late nights and hours spent at the computer, that would make anyone feel run down!” – true, but this is a lifestyle I’m used to, so to suddenly be out of sorts… well, it’s nerve racking.
I’ve been trying to compensate. I increased my vitamin intake, adding Vitamin C and D to my daily multivitamin. I dragged out my old juicer to give “energy boosting juices” one more shot. And, shamefully, I increased my coffee consumption to two cups a day, after scaling back to just one cup for almost a year. Admittedly, that was the biggest blow to my ego; knowing I was giving in to vices instead of trying a more healthful approach.
But it’s not just my energy that’s down – it’s my mood, too. Admittedly, I am affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and feel like a completely different person during the winter months. Although the calendar tells me it’s May, the red-labelled frost warnings on weather websites tell a different story – and my body is reacting accordingly.
Often, I feel sad. And I’m tired of being tired.
So, I decided to try something different, and, completely radical for adverse-to-change little old me. I decided to try the Philips goLITE BLU.
The Philips goLITE BLU energy light is a portable light therapy device designed and clinically proven to help increase energy levels naturally and help fight Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), winter blues and jet lag.
Listen to the rationale: Clinical studies have shown bright blue light improves energy levels, mood, alertness, mid-day energy dips, cognitive functioning, and performance. It is especially the deep sky-blue light rays (part of the spectrum) that most efficiently fights sleepiness and energizes the body. As such, the goLITE BLU illuminates the user’s eyes with safe blue light, sufficient to activate various groups of neurons in the brain which help to keep the Body Clock properly aligned.
Bright blue wavelength light also activates brain centers to release substances that help us to feel better like Serotonin and alerting substances like Cortisol, while it supresses Melatonin which tries to keep us sleeping in the morning. In fact, a study found that 20 minutes of therapeutic blue light per day for 5 consecutive days significantly improved SIGH-SAD scores for people with sub-syndromal SAD. (Duijzer W, Meesters Y. SLTBR Abstracts 2011)
I’m giving it a try. It’s been just over two weeks and I’m hoping to see tangible results any day now. The light needs to be directed towards my eyes, but there’s no need to stare directly at it. That means I can use the Philips goLITE BLU to fight low energy levels and fatigue while I’m doing things like eating, working or watching TV. Currently, I get in my light therapy during conference calls; since I always have at least one scheduled per day, it allows me to have 30 minutes of exposure to energizing blue light.
Wish me luck, friends! I’ll be back with my findings shortly. In the meantime, for more information on Philips goLITE BLU, visit www.philips.ca.
This post is sponsored by Philips. The opinions on this blog, as always, are my own.