a peek inside the fishbowl

30 Nov, 2006

Bright eyes

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Misc. life

So I got me a sun lamp. I call it a sun lamp but that’s actually not the correct term for it. And no, it’s not a tanning lamp. It’s actually a light lamp. It looks a lot like a spotlight.

And … here it is.

I feel like I should cut out a silhouette of a bat and point it out the window. There ya go neighbors! Haha! What do you think of me now!

In fact, I am shining it on myself as I write this. Without the silhouette.

It’s called a Litebook. I purchased it from Judy’s Organic Herbs. At first I wasn’t sure about it. I didn’t want to fall victim to the hype.  Can artificially-generated light really make me feel better?

I am not myself during the Dark Months (trust me when I say that in Ottawa, there are many of those months all in a row). It’s not quite a Jekyll and Hyde thing, but I’m consciously aware that during the Dark Months I am Not the Real Me. I am tired. I mean really tired. If I could I would have an hour-long nap every afternoon. But if/when I give in to the nap fairy I always regret it later, and am up past midnight with a book and my brain running at 100 mph.

Instead, I drag my feet. I snip and snap. I raid the fridge. I feel miserly. And you know what happens when mummy isn’t happy? Everyone else isn’t very happy either. It never used to be this bad. So this year, I decided I needed to do something about it.

Well, it’s only been a couple of weeks but it works. I’m here to say that it really works. You have to position the light in front of you at an angle, but so that it’s hitting your eyes. It’s equivalent to a very bright day but not so much that I feel compelled to reach for my sunglasses… which, if I did, would negate the effects of said LiteBook.

Lately I have felt peppier in the afternoon. I don’t crave the naps anymore, and I haven’t fallen asleep on the couch midway through the news for some time now. I seem to have found some energy again. 

I’d say it was a good buy. Wouldn’t you?


8 Responses to "Bright eyes"

1 | Hillary

November 30th, 2006 at 7:49 pm


My friend has something similar, and she swears by it! I tried it for a while, and it certainly does wake me up in the mornings. Glad you’re finding it helpful! :)

2 | Anne

November 30th, 2006 at 9:16 pm


I’ve been wondering about these…I’m also finding it really hard lately. We’ve had like no sun in Ottawa. Price is a little steep though.

3 | kerflop

November 30th, 2006 at 9:16 pm


Oooh, I’ve been eying one for a couple of winters, now. I’m excited to hear it works for you. Winters are awful here – it’s not Canada but it’s darn close. The temperature didn’t get above 11 degrees today. And it’s so gloomy. No wonder I’m always sitting in front of my Christmas tree.

4 | Miche

December 1st, 2006 at 9:27 am


Wow. I’ve been toying with the idea of splurging on one of those too. Glad to know that it has a positive effect! Now to start saving my pennies!

5 | Client Plug: Litebook | DarrenBarefoot.com

January 15th, 2007 at 8:59 pm


[…] In fact, Sarah connected us with the folks at Litebook in the first place, after they contacted her. Here’s another endorsement of the device from a SAD sufferer in Ottawa. […]

6 | a peek inside the fish bowl

January 16th, 2007 at 9:40 am


[…] I drink my hot lemonade in front of my computer while Sarah watches CBC kids. I check my email, catch up on a bit of work or do some writing. For the past while I have been turning on my LiteBook while I write. I used to put it off until later in the morning but I think it was already late in the day for it. Now I’ve got that beam of light shining in my face between 8:00 and 8:30. I know I’ve written about it before but I still can’t believe how much it has helped me. […]

7 | is it really Thursday? >> a peek inside the fishbowl

September 30th, 2010 at 8:30 am


[…] end of a very grey September. Today is officially day one with my Litebook. (I wrote about it once here.) Egads, it is such a sanity saver. I still think it’s the best money I’ve ever […]

8 | A S.A.D. time of year >> a peek inside the fishbowl

October 26th, 2011 at 12:41 pm


[…] Vitamin D again and I will be starting up with my Litebook again too. (I wrote about it previously here. I love that thing. It really […]

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