Dawn Simulation Systems: Wake Up to Happier Mornings
One of the hardest things to do when you're afflicted with SAD is to get out of bed. It's so hard to start the day when your energy level is very low. You can say goodbye to bleak mornings with dawn simulation systems. These lamps or lamp attachments simulate the breaking dawn, stimulating your body to feel more refreshed and energetic upon waking up.
Dawn Simulation vs Bright Light Therapy
The main difference between dawn simulation systems and other therapy lamps is that the former are not always bright. In bright light therapy, the lamp emits a fixed degree of brightness over a period of time. It doesn't change unless you adjust the controls of the lamp. On the other hand, the light produced by a dawn simulation system gradually grows stronger over a period of about 30 minutes to two hours before you fully wake up.Which is better? The light intensity of dawn simulation systems generally ranges from 100 to 300 lux, while bright light devices usually fall in the 10,000 lux range. Some studies have shown that dawn simulation is more effective than standard bright light therapy, while others have shown no difference at all. In the end, it all boils down to which is convenient for you. If you feel like you need stronger light to stimulate your body, go for bright light. If your eyes are sensitive to bright light, and you like the idea of the dawn waking you up, choose dawn simulation.
Choosing the Right Dawn Simulation System
There are two kinds of dawn simulation systems on the market today: lamps that are complete dawn simulation systems by themselves, and lamps that you have to connect to a separate timing device. Check how much space you have to know which one is best for you.
Choose a dawn simulation system that has simple controls to make sure you always set the clock right. Light, portable units are best, so you can bring them anywhere. If you're going to buy a separate timing device, carefully read the instructions, and find out which lamps support the device. Don't connect a lamp that does not match the voltage of the dawn simulation device, or it might not work or get damaged.