As the nights are drawing in and the mornings and evenings are darker for longer, the Blys™ Warm Night Light is a handy device, which provides comfort during the dark hours. Blys™emits a soft comforting glow of light in the bedroom which, on awakening provides a focus in the room and reassurance for anyone who is elderly or who suffers from sleep anxiety, insomnia or dementia.
During the night, Blys™ softly glows with a low level light which allows uninterrupted sleep. Upon awakening, there is no need to switch on the main bedroom light as the Blys™ table top light is sufficient to allow spectacles, water glass, alarm clock and other items to be identified.
The night light is controlled by a simple touch panel on the side of the tray. Hand contact anywhere along the main edge of the unit switches it on or off, and the brightness can be adjusted by touching two small ‘bright’ and ‘dim’ zones. Blys™ remembers its previous light setting when it’s switched off. There is no problem with it being left on all day as it uses very low energy and the unit itself does not get hot, which is another benefit when it is being used by someone with dementia. The top surface that emits the warm glow is scratch resistant and spill proof so there is no need to worry if you spill your drink on it.
The benefits of Blys™ goes further than it just being a night light. Often the elderly prefer to sleep with the light on due to anxiety, but usual household lighting left on for sleep can promote ill -temper and poor health, which can in turn accelerate dementia. The focussed comfort and security of Blys™ helps with spacial awareness and it can reduce falls and injury.
Winner of the UK Building Better Healthcare Award for Best Furniture Project, the Blys™ concept is derived from findings of ‘SomnIA’; a four year research programme undertaken by a consortium of universities as part of the ‘New Dynamics of Ageing’ initiative. The main research partner was the Bath Institute of Medical Engineering (now called Designability).
Blys™ is a practical, sleek looking bedroom accessory that may help those with insomnia and even young children who need the comfort of a light to settle them to sleep.
More information on the Blys™ Night Light for adults and the elderly can be found HERE