Blue Nightlight or I am a Grown Ass Woman Who Sleeps with a Smurf Colored Nightlight

What It Is: A blue nightlight.  With a wee, blue bulb so you get a small amount of blue light into your subconscious while you sleep.  It's most effective in your bedroom, but if you cannot sleep with the light, I've found that for my clients it works anywhere in the house.  Sound crazy?  Stay with me.  Read on...   

The Claims:  There are a bargeload of studies on the topic of blue light's healing effects on the brain, so I'll just pick a few. Adolf Deppe discovered " PTSD is associated with traumatic events, experienced as participant or observer that lie unresolved and produce intrusive thoughts, nightmares, insomnia, anxiety, and hyper-vigilance.  Every patient who had overt manifestations of PTSD responded to blue light.  The results have been very consistent, very predictable--over 90 percent."

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Photo purchased from 123RF

The next claim comes from Dr. Phil (so it MUST be true!).  Dr. Phil said, "Research shows that our frontal lobes respond to blue light, improving our organizational skills and memory. My clinic has been recommending blue light for PTSD for years with excellent results." 

Why blue?  I have no idea and neither do scientists, they just know it works. My hippie dippy magical friends tell me that blue is the color of truth, serenity, and harmony.  It cools, calms, reconstructs, and protects.  It connects the body to the third eye chakra

What It Did For Me:  My psychiatrist and I did some blue light therapy with blue light glasses, but they are $200 and they gave me a headache.  I was not impressed.  I thought the glasses were stupid.  I tried a blue bulb in a lamp.  It made everything in my house look like the Smurfs lived there... 

Photo purchased from 123RF

Photo purchased from 123RF

I read about nighttime blue light therapy and moved to a blue nightlight.  The very first night I tried it I had relief from my nightmares and woke up feeling rested and refreshed.  

Photo by me

Photo by me

I have done my blue nightlight research.  I bought 7 different kinds of blue lights from Walmart, Target, Home Depot, and Amazon.com.  I slept with them each for 2 weeks to see if I could tell a difference.  

Photo by me

Photo by me

Not to brag, but the blue nightlights that I make and sell are the best.  I take one nightlight base and special order bulbs and then add my own healing energy of oils, stones, and healing magic and then add an "I am safe" decal to the night light.  I sell them in my shop (click on the link above) for 5 dollars each. 

Caution:  Blue light has been shown in some studies to slow the production of melatonin.  These studies were done with lots of blue and they all say to shut off the blue for a few hours before sleep when melatonin is produced (blue light is produced by electronics and TV).  I use a small amount of blue at bedtime and while I sleep after my main melatonin banks have been filled..  My small blue light doesn't hurt my sleep, it helps it.  Remember, this blue light is to decrease PTSD symptoms, not improve sleep.  If you find blue doesn't help you then you move the blue nightlight into the hallway.  It's a trade off, anxiety for melatonin.  Only you know how your body will react and a quick experiment with my blue night night will tell you. 

PTSD Chick Rating: 5 of 5.  This works for me!  Blue nightlights are an effective, inexpensive way to get some immediate relief from PTSD, anxiety, and depression symptoms.  I even travel with my blue nightlight.  All my clients have seen some relief.  I have blue nightlights in several rooms in my house.  Something about the energy of blue light is very good for my PTSD symptoms.  It's cheap and easy way to get results.