A lack of sleep can lead to serious medical conditions including obesity, heart disease and diabetes but watching a soothing light circulating on the ceiling, could be the key to helping insomniacs get the shut eye they need.
The NHS hands out over 10 million prescriptions in England for sleeping pills every year and with one in three of us suffering from poor quality slumbers, it’s hoped the LightSleeper could help millions get a restful night.
The LightSleeper is a small device that projects a soothing light on the ceiling. The light moves in a circular motion above the bed, and if those struggling to snooze follow the light with their eyes for a few minutes, they will begin to drift off.
A product designer with insomnia developed the sleep aid and as Kylie Morris, product coordinator at LightSleeper explains, it has a proven track record.
She said: “By following the light the device projects onto the ceiling, it has the effect of relaxing the mind which is a necessary prerequisite to entering a deep, refreshing sleep.
“We’ve been testing LightSleeper in real situations for many months now and it has proven itself to be effective, both in getting people to sleep in the first place, as well as helping them get back to sleep when they wake up in the middle of the night.”
According to Medical Daily, there are 60 million people suffering from Chronic Insomnia and it affects women and people over the age of 65 more than any other group.
The modern day pressures of society are often to blame for lack of sleep leaving many people finding it difficult to wind down when they go to bed at night.
Kylie added: “Some people read, or watch television to help them go to sleep, but those activities actually stimulate the mind, rather than relaxing it – precisely the wrong effect.
“LightSleeper instead relaxes the mind and prepares you to get to sleep easily and to enjoy a more restful, refreshing night of sleep.”
Dr Jennifer Parkin, cognitive psychologist with a research background in the impact of the physical environment on productivity and wellbeing said:
“Sleep loss caused by difficulty dropping off to sleep can have a devastating impact on cognitive performance the following day, as well as affecting mood and wellbeing. If it happens night after night, it can also have a significant negative effect on long-term health.
“If you have a demanding job and a reasonably busy life outside of that, it’s vital to optimise your sleep time – as there’s often no chance of a lie-in after a poor night’s sleep, or of an early bedtime to catch up the following night, leaving you feeling tired and under par for the remainder of the week.
“Whilst most of us know the principles of good sleep hygiene – such as keeping the same bedtime each night and taking time to unwind before getting into bed, life doesn’t always work out like that. If I find myself working late into the night, I use LightSleeper when I eventually get to bed in order to help me disengage from work and other stresses, and enter a relaxed state that’s conducive to sleep.
“The reason LightSleeper is so effective is that it provides a focus for your thoughts, and is sufficiently engaging to stop your mind wandering, but unlike traditional ‘cures’ such as listening to a radio programme, it doesn’t risk stimulating arousal centres in the brain that could prolong wakefulness.”
LightSleeper won’t disturb others in the room and is easy to use. It also switches itself off after 30 minutes so not only is it energy efficient, but users won’t have to worry about turning it off, helping gain a natural sleep rhythm back. A quick tap will start the device up again.
It is safe for children to use and is portable so can be easily carried in your bag and taken on holiday. It is also rechargeable and doesn’t need to be plugged in.
LightSleeper is priced at £132 and is available at www.lightsleeper.co.uk with free delivery and a free 14-day home trial. For more information, visit www.lightsleeper.co.uk or go to LightSleeper on Facebook or follow on Twitter @Light__Sleeper.