Dawn Simulator Benefits
Dawn simulator gently wakes you to a simulated sunrise rather than jarring you awake with a loud noise.
Dawn simulation is a technique which uses a light that comes slowly in the early morning to imitate a natural sunrise.
Your body clock responds to this stimulus by speeding up and reinforcing the waking up process so that you woke up before your eyes open.
Light coming on quickly does not have the same effect. Once the dawn simulator regulates your body clock after few days, your sleep pattern adapts to the hours you are actually keeping that means you go to sleep earlier and get up earlier.
Artificial dawn simulators are a great addition to light therapy treatment and for those who have trouble getting moving in the morning. Dawn simulator make you feel more refreshed and wake in a better mood.
Working of dawn simulator:
The dawn simulator works by plugging a bedside lamp into the simulator that will turn the lamp on and slowly increase the lighting intensity prior to the desired waking time.
Even though your eyes are closed during sleep, a small amount of light reaches the back of retina through the eyelids stimulating specialized photoreceptors that send a chemical signal to the brain telling you that it is time to wake up. This happens gently and naturally and it is free of noisy alarm sounds.
Dawn simulation for seasonal affective disorder (SAD):
In winter season, you try to awake while it is still dark and your body still produces sleep hormone melatonin. This hormone is produced in the absence of light.
If sunrise is initiated with an artificial dawn simulator thirty to sixty minutes prior to waking up, you are stopping the production of melatonin in your body allowing waking up in a more natural restful way.
Most people suffer from winter blues as light is at its weakest and shortest. Lack of energy, difficulty in waking up and depression are the symptoms.
Dawn simulator for SAD helps to regulate and align the production of the hormones serotonin and melatonin. Both the hormones occur naturally and is controlled by the pineal gland which is presen in the brain.
Low serotonin levels cause mild to severe depression, fatigue, insomnia and anxiety. Dawn simulator is effective when it is combined with light therapy treatment for seasonal affective disorder. In the mornings, the dawn simulator helps to shift the circadian clock of the individuals suffering from sleep phase delay problems.
Delay phase problem is defined as a person typically has difficulty going to sleep until late in the evening and even more difficulty waking up in the morning. By measuring your body temperature before and during sleep, it is possible to find how your internal clock is functioning.
SAD therapy works for every one whether or not you have seasonal affective disorder or not. Using dawn simulator with light therapy turn the clock back counterclockwise and align the sleep cycle with desired sleep and waking times.