So in the past I’ve mentioned my insomnia. So far I’ve fixed mine by getting a Sound Asleep Pillow and changing boyfriends (Ta-da! Sleeping like a brick!). But before hitting on these genius solutions people did mention light therapy to me. Calming colour changers, a red light bulb and even projected images were suggested to me. I’m not sure how good any of those are by the way, because I’ve always thought the idea of using light to get to sleep was completely illogical.
Apparently I was wrong.
Following her own suffering with insomnia, designer Kate Evans has created what is essentially a mini light projector which beams a soothing light onto your ceiling. The light then makes circles above you, the idea being that as your eyes follow the projection you gradually slip off to sleep. Whereas something like reading would stimulate the mind and thus keep you asleep, the LightSleeper relaxes you almost hypnotically.
The makers claim that it takes under a minute to get it working, and it can be turned on with a tap (great if you wake up in the middle of the night with uber brain fuzz) and automatically switches off after half an hour which means its energy efficient too.
The LightSleeper has adjustable brightness and you can set it to pulse or stay constant so it really is adaptable to your own needs. People who tested it have reported anywhere between one and five hours extra sleep per night, and it sounds to have worked across age and gender spectrums. Plus it’s small enough to take away with you, so you can sleep just as well on that relaxing holiday as you do at home.
It’s available now from the LightSleeper website, and will soon be on sale at Boots. Plus, if you buy direct from the website, you get a 14 day trail promising your money back if it doesn’t work for you. It does cost £125, but can you really put a price on your health?