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Chasing Sunbeams : Exploring Light Therapy for Hypersomnia

Craving a bit more sleep, even after a full night’s rest? If persistent drowsiness affects your days despite a long night’s sleep, you could be experiencing symptoms of Hypersomnia. Be assured that you are not alone as numerous people experience this sleep disorder, and there are solutions to find relief!

Let us explore hypersomnia, its associated symptoms, and the potential efficacy of Re-Timer light therapy glasses as a means to enhance daily functioning.

Understanding Hypersomnia

Hypersomnia is a sleep disorder characterized by an overwhelming urge to sleep and difficulty staying awake during the day. People with hypersomnia can sleep for 10 or more hours a night and still experience fatigue throughout the day. This constant sleepiness can significantly impact work, school, social interactions, and overall well-being.

Symptoms of Hypersomnia:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) – Feeling tired and sluggish even after sufficient sleep.
  • Difficulty waking up in the morning – Feeling groggy and needing an alarm to function.
  • Frequent napping – Needing naps throughout the day to function.
  • Difficulty concentrating – Sleepiness impacting focus and attention.
  • Low motivation and mood – Fatigue leading to decreased motivation and mood swings.

Consequences of Daytime Sleepiness

Persistent daytime drowsiness extends beyond mere fatigue, profoundly affecting both health and everyday life with serious repercussions:

  • Heightened safety risks, escalating the likelihood of workplace accidents or hazardous driving incidents.
  • Impaired performance in professional or academic endeavors.
  • Diminished quality of life.
  • Challenges in regulating emotions and moods.
  • Strained interpersonal relationships and social challenges.

Excessive sleepiness poses heightened dangers for specific demographics such as young adults, shift workers, healthcare professionals, and individuals engaged in prolonged driving activities.

Treatment Options

While there isn’t a one-size-fits-all remedy, recent studies indicate that light therapy shows promise as an effective method for managing hypersomnia. Here’s how it works:

  • Regulating Your Body Clock: Light plays a key role in regulating your internal body clock or circadian rhythm, which regulates the sleep-wake cycle. Light Therapy helps synchronize your internal clock with the external environment (daylight).
  • Morning Light is Key: Studies suggest morning light therapy might be most effective for hypersomnia. Exposure to bright light early in the day can help advance your sleep phase, making it easier to wake up feeling refreshed and stay alert throughout the day.

Research and Light Therapy for Hypersomnia

The use of light therapy for hypersomnia is still under investigation, but initial research findings are encouraging.

  • Study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that bright light therapy significantly improved excessive daytime sleepiness in patients with hypersomnia. Participants exposed to morning light reported better alertness and reduced sleepiness during the day.
  • Research article in the Journal of Affective Disorders explored the effects of light therapy on idiopathic hypersomnia. The results indicated that regular light exposure positively influenced sleep quality and daytime functioning.

Re-Timer Light Therapy Glasses: A Natural Approach

Conventional light therapy typically entails daily stationary sessions near a light therapy box at designated times. Alternatively, Re-Timer light therapy glasses provide a convenient and adaptable solution for integrating light therapy into your daily routine. Emitting UV-free green-blue light mimicking natural sunlight, Re-Timer helps regulate the body clock or circadian rhythm, improving both the quality of sleep and alertness during the day.

Designed for comfort, Re-Timer wearable light therapy glasses sits lightly on the head & it’s under eye delivery of light makes it suitable for spectacle wearers as well. Plus, it offers a clear view, allowing its users to multitask without any hindrance – whether at work, at home or when you travel.

“For years, excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) was my constant companion. No matter how much sleep I got – 8 hours, 10 hours, even 12 – I could never shake the feeling of being in a fog. Work meetings were a struggle, social gatherings felt like a chore, and even simple tasks like grocery shopping became exhausting. I desperately wanted my energy back.

Then, I discovered Re-Timer light therapy glasses. Let me tell you, they’ve been a game-changer! Since using Re-Timer glasses, mornings are a whole new ball game! That foggy feeling is fading, and I finally have the energy to keep up with my day. Re-Timer glasses are not magic, but they have made a real difference in my life. They’re easy to use, convenient, and most importantly, they deliver what they promise! If you struggle with EDS, I highly recommend giving Re-Timer glasses a try.”

Kevin Bell, Manchester UK


Mick Jagger wearing a pair of Re-Timer light therapy glasses CREDIT: CGMIA, LFMIA, MEGA

Re-Timer is easy to use, rechargeable & portable and using it for a minimum of 30 minutes a day gives the body the bright light needed to maintain a healthy sleep–wake rhythm. Re-Timer light therapy wearables are an outcome of 25+ years of research into treatment of circadian rhythm disorders using light therapy by Professor Leon Lack and Dr Helen Wright at Australia’s Flinders University.

Australian made wearable

Approved medical device in UK, EU, AU

Wear over spectacles

100% UV free and eye safe

Finding Relief from Hypersomnia

While hypersomnia presents its challenges, adopting an effective strategy enables you to navigate sleepiness and regain control over your daily activities. Consultation with a healthcare provider is recommended to explore diverse treatment possibilities, including the potential advantages of light therapy. Embracing brighter days, along with exposure to morning light, could be the key to experiencing heightened alertness and vitality.

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