ReportPosted: January 14, 2013 Filed under: All's Well That Ends Well 4 Comments
I got the light box/natural spectrum lamp/whatever you want to call it early Friday afternoon. I set it up while I was using my laptop, but after about 5 minutes I decided it had to be placed to my side – it irritated me to have it in my line of sight. (There was no manual in the box – weird! – so I had to guess at a few things.) After moving it I sat next to the lamp for about 30 minutes.
That night, I took ZzzQuil and went to sleep.
Around 3, I woke up . . . and couldn’t fall back asleep. I finally dozed off after an hour or so. Then at 5:30, June woke up. She was too fussy for me to deal with, and eventually I asked Jarom to go deal with her, since she refused all my offers of help. But even after she settled down and Jarom came back to bed, I couldn’t sleep. I think I was awake until 8:30, when Evan got up. Jarom was nice enough to let me nap for a while to catch up on lost sleep!
I thought maybe I’d used the lamp for too long the day before, or too late in the day, so I set a timer and used the lamp in the morning for 20 minutes. But Saturday night I still had trouble falling back asleep if I woke up. Normally, this is not a problem. At all. Lying awake for several hours in the middle of the night was not fun.
Yesterday I opted to not use the lamp and see what happened. Since I’ve had this cold, I just want to vegetate anyway, so I wasn’t expecting to accomplish a lot. I slept fine last night, and used the lamp for about 8 minutes this morning when I first woke up. We’ll see how tonight goes!
As far as a difference on my mood, it’s hard to separate what effect I’m getting from the lamp and what effect I’m expecting to see – and do. I love placebos. Regardless of where it comes from, I have felt more mentally alert, especially given the amount of cold medicine I’ve been taking. Aside from being unable to fall back asleep (which is a major issue), I haven’t been as tired. But, like I said, I suspect at least part of this results from my belief that the lamp will help me feel more energetic and productive and less meh. Unfortunately, it’s hard to do a control, though if you have ideas on how I can get a better idea of the lamp’s effects, I’d love to hear.
So: when it comes down to it, I’m undecided on the lamp. If I can work out how long and when to use it each day so that it doesn’t interfere with my sleep, I’ll definitely be a fan. If not . . . I’m not sure how much I want to keep something that gives me a boost of energy at the cost of a few hours’ rest.
Reset your expectations to “longer term mood and energy improvement.” The lamps don’t produce an instant change, although the difference in light could (not will) cause some temporary disruption in your body’s biorhythm, and therefore, your sleep.
Yes, Nurse Jim! I have reset my expectations. :)
That is intense it interferes with sleep. Please do blog if/when you get it all sorted out to work well for you. I have been thinking about sending a light to my brother and his wife in ID, they looked like the living dead when they came for Christmas.
Oh I will definitely blog about this again. I love having a place where I can talk about me all the time! (And sometimes my kids, and sometimes other things.)