While tinted contacts have been around for years, none replicates the specifications of the Photonic Developments’ protective lenses. These protective lenses are used to assist sleep onset, to allow evening melatonin to exert its circadian rhythm shifting effect, and — in the most recent research — to calm hypomanic and manic symptoms of bipolar disorder. Contacts are a good idea, and we will look into this possibility for future development. Thanks for asking!
You’re right: it is quite possible that you are using the light box too early, for too long a duration, at too high an intensity—or combinations of these dosing factors. Let’s assume you are taking a 30-minute treatment session at 545am, while having woken up prematurely at 4am. As a first step, see whether delaying light therapy to 615am resolves the problem, fully or partially. You may have to play with session timing to get it right. You may also need to reduce session duration from 30 to 20 minutes, for example. The AutoMEQ gives a starting point for finding the precise session time to serve your need best—and that time may vary at different times of year. If the sun is rising at 5am in the summer, for example, you may need to reduce the light dose because natural dawn illumination is doing the trick for you. In the fall, if you start waking up later, you would resume treatment. This guideline applies whether or not you experience SAD.