I just wanted to write and share my experience with you.
I had all the symptoms of narcolepsy throughout my childhood. As I grew older, I raised my battle with uncontrollable daytime drowsiness with doctors, only to have it shrugged off as, 'what do you expect having three children?', or 'adjust your diet and exercise'.
Nothing I did helped with my symptoms, which included insomnia, ridiculous dreams and frequently nightmares!
My working life was so difficult, trying to hide my symptoms. Enduring staff meetings and/or training, was anticipated with dread! How much coffee I would consume, just to keep from my head dropping on the table in front of me. I always thought the speakers must have been incredibly boring, but others seemed to get through okay?
Driving was another great concern, but as a single parent for most of my adult life, I just did the best I could. Sometimes I would only be driving for 10 minutes and the sleepiness would hit me. I don't know how I avoided having an accident. I remember one day, driving my son to hospital in Melbourne, going along the freeway and I could feel myself slipping. I asked my son to talk to me, to help me stay alert. He said. "tell me everything you know about fish". It made me laugh so hard, we got there safely. But I was for ever driving with the windows down, singing to loud music, eating lollies and taking rest stops for a nap.
I was labelled as lazy by the people closest to me, which was so far from the truth. Yet I found myself trying to hide the fact that sometimes, I couldn't function until late afternoon. Some weekends, I would sleep most of the weekend, trying to catch up from my sleep deficit during the week.
Then one day I mentioned to my new GP, that as I was walking across my lounge room, I had an uncontrollable urge to lay down and sleep and I dropped onto my couch and slept for over two hours. I was out like a light! She said that sounded like a good enough reason to have a sleep study carried out.
I then did had a sleep study done, both overnight and a sleep latency test during the day.
Well that was no fun at all!
After sleeping more soundly than I usually did at home overnight, I had to stay awake for two hours and then lay down in a darkened room to go to sleep again. The trouble with that for me was I would go to sleep quite quickly, but they would only let me sleep for 20 minutes, before they would wake me up again! This was repeated another 5 times. I can tell you, after they woke me the third time from my nap, I was like a bear with a sore head!!!
Anyway, I got through it with a stinking fatigue headache, but I got a diagnosis.
Now I had looked at the idea of a light box for many years, wondering if they might help me at all. But the problems I saw, they were made for an overseas market and there was nothing I could find available in Australia. Voltage was a concern, as was warranty and replacement parts. They were very expensive and the other thing I saw as not being practical, was having to sit in front of it for a period of time, to receive the benefit. One problem I experience is waking up enough, to actually get out of bed. So when I did get out of bed, I had to move a record speed, to make up for the time I had lost! So not, really practical when weighed up against the cost.
My sleep specialist, Dr Andrew Bradbeer, is a Sleep and Respiratory Physician and the Director of Manse Medical and the Sleep Health Group. He allowed me to trial a pair of light therapy glasses. I tried them on two separate occasions, but although I thought they worked and I found myself having more energy and less daytime fatigue, I wasn't convinced they were right for me.
Sometime after that, my daughter sent me a link for AYO light therapy glasses. I did a lot of research on them and read about the science behind them and peoples testimonials. I decided to get some for myself, as they ticked so many boxes for what I thought would work for me.
AYO light therapy glasses weigh only 35 grams! They have a soft flexible nose piece and can be worn with my reading glasses. They also come with a small hard-shell carry case that incorporates an inbuilt charging system to recharge the glasses, so I can carry them with me wherever I go, without being cumbersome or worrying about having to charge them.
The problem of voltage was non-existent, because they charge from a USB and I can continue doing whatever I want in the morning and can sit and read in bed when I wake up, or be up making breakfast or any other chores I need to do.
When I first started using AYO, my husband would have to wake me in the morning and make sure I had put them on, using the energy program for 40 minutes.
I would then use them gain about 3-4 hours later for another 40 minutes.
And a third session at about 2pm.
Gradually I was able to cut out the 2pm time. Then the 10am time and eventually the morning session too.
I now only wear them if I feel my pattern starting to shift, or if I have had poor sleep for any reason and I need a quick boost at any point through the day.
After using them for only three weeks, I was able to manage my days, without taking 10-12 dexamphetamine, I was in fact not needing to take any!
I was so thrilled with the change AYO had brought to my life, that I contacted the company and asked about becoming a distributor for Australia.
I wanted AYO light therapy glasses in Australia, for all to consider, for help with their sleep, or insomnia problems.
The Sleep Health Group, now carries trial pairs at their different locations for their patients to try before they buy and happily recommend them to suitable patients.
Word is slowly spreading about the use of blue light therapy, to help with excessive daytime sleepiness, insomnia, trouble getting to sleep and many other issues.
Primarily, the particular wave of blue light used in AYO blue light therapy glasses, affects the body by clocking the production of melatonin in the brain. (Melatonin makes you drowsy). Using the AYO glasses during the daytime, up until about 5pm at the latest for me, helps me to function well throughout the day.
After 5 or 6pm, you need to avoid blue light, or it will then interfere with your body making melatonin and that is not what you want! You may find that wearing AYO light therapy glasses for 20 minutes once in the morning is plenty for you!
AYO light therapy glasses were originally created for countries that have little or no daylight hours, but they are useful for so many different reasons.
Shift workers, sports persons, office workers who don't see the light of day, students, it doesn't have to be a medical condition to see you benefit from using AYO. You may be simply looking for a boost of energy.
I have reports back from users, that they certainly do help with reducing the symptoms of jetlag too.
So that's my story and how AYO Australia came about.
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Many thanks for your time in reading my blog about AYO blue light therapy and I hope at some point in the future, AYO may be of help to you too!
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