Today I'm really excited to share with you information about a light technology that can help increase the performance and well-being of the teens in your life (and perhaps your own!)
I met Terry Cook, the CEO of The Litebook Company, on a flight recently. We talked the entire time, and I was fascinated to learn about this technology. I hope you find it as valuable as I have, we use the Litebook Edge each morning in my house. It's small and portable, the size of an iPhone, and is especially helpful during this dark time of year.
Nancy: What effect does the use of this special light technology have on a teen?
Terry: When children go through adolescence many suffer from Delayed Phase Sleep Disorder DPSD. This means simply that their melatonin that helps them sleep does not come out until well after mid-night and it does not shut down until mid-morning. When they have to get up early for sports, school, dance, etc. their melatonin is still coming out so they are often very tired. Sunlight shuts down melatonin naturally but with the absence of light they remain tired. Using a Litebook Edge which delivers a specific wave length of light for a period of 15 to 30 minutes. This will shut down their melatonin and make them more alert, and help them to focus and concentrate on activities at hand.
Nancy: How does it work on the brain and body to make you feel better and more alert?
Terry: There is a long technical, physiological answer to the question, but very simply light in the blue range is recognized as sunlight or equivalent by the melanopsin receptors in the retina, and light in this range naturally suppresses melatonin and allows the brain to become more focused and alert.
Nancy: Can it help with studying? How about sports?
Terry: Absolutely. Early morning practises can prove very difficult for many athletes to focus and improve and the results are often shown in their performances. Similarly studying late at night when melatonin is secreting can also make it most difficult to concentrate and absorb information being reviewed. Thirty minutes of light therapy in the early morning before practise can help an athlete shut down their melatonin and increase their serotonin level causing them to be more alert and focused. Similarly, light in the early evening can have the same results.
Nancy: Who has used this technology successfully for performance? Who is using it to help with their studies? Could it help for entrance exam preparation?
Terry: Many individuals and teams have and are presently using the Litebook light therapy products to help with performance issues, and to adjust their body clocks to manage jet lag and sleep issues. The USA Olympic men’s hockey team used Litebook at the Sochi winter Olympics, members of Canada’s junior international hockey teams, members of the University of Michigan swim team and Cornell University women’s Hockey team, professional hockey players with the Ottawa Senators and Philadelphia Flyers, and numerous others. Many students use Litebook products to help them stay alert, improve their concentration and achieve better results in school, and when preparing for university entrance exams.
Nancy: So this light technology would be really useful for students in countries all over the world, and especially those like China and Korea where there is such a major focus on academic performance.
Terry: Yes, the light will literally help them focus and study more effectively."
Nancy: How about uses for the rest of the family?
Terry: The great thing about a Litebook Edge is that even though it is considered to be a ‘personal use device’ it is completely non-invasive and can easily be used by every member of the family. It can successfully help to manage numerous circadian rhythm disruptions and many mild forms of depression, adjust disruptive sleep patterns, whether in teens, adults or seniors, or help adjust the body clock between shift changes for shift workers. It can help international travellers manage and eliminate jet lag and make the long dark days of winter just a little more bearable for everyone.
Nancy: That sounds fantastic, and I know you've also mentioned many users have found morning "crankiness" to subside in family members - which is pretty important to the entire family.
Is there a guarantee on its effectiveness?
Terry: Just as each of us has a totally unique body clock, so too does light therapy have a different effect on every individual. If used according to the manufacturers instructions, most everyone will feel some benefit from the Litebook Edge, some more than others. But if within 60 days of purchase an individual wants to return the light, for whatever reason, Litebook will refund their money completely. (This may vary internationally depending on local laws)
Nancy: Wonderful, where can people get it?
Terry: The Litebook Edge is available at numerous retail and on line resellers, however if you purchase directly from http://www.litebook.com and enter the code ZW001, you will receive a 20% discount off the posted retail price.
This one and a half minute video gives you a short review of why this light technology can have such important benefits to our overall mental well-being and personal success.
Nancy: Thank you so much Terry for all the research and work you are doing to bring out such a useful resource, and for giving Zela Wela readers a generous discount. I'm so glad I found out about the Edge!