Unfortunately Summer of 2018 has officially ended. The days are getting shorter and the weather here in the UK is predictably miserable, and only going to get worse!
There’s a way to go until the warm, sunny weather of spring. It’s hardly surprising that some of us suffer from a winter-associated condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
As the NHS informs, this “winter depression” comes and goes in a seasonal pattern, with symptoms tending to be more apparent and severe during the winter.
The symptoms associated with this seasonal disorder include a persistent low mood, being void of interest or pleasure in everyday activities, moodiness, feeling of guilt, worthlessness and despair, weight gain and craving carbohydrates, feeling reluctant to get out of bed in the morning and sleeping for longer, as well as feelings of lethargy and being tired during the day.
Whilst not fully understood, the causes of SAD are linked to a reduction in sunlight during winter, which can prevent a region of the brain known as the hypothalamus from working properly that has been linked to affecting the production of melatonin and serotonin hormones in the brain.
As the NHS advises if you are suffering from the symptoms associated with SAD you should consider seeing your GP. Your doctor will assess your mental health and ask questions related to your lifestyle, mood, sleeping patterns, eating habits, and other elements that may be affecting your mood.
The NHS lists several treatments for SAD, including making changes to lifestyle, such as exercising regularly, going for counselling, taking antidepressant medication, and light therapy.
The theory behind SAD lamps, is that the white light produced by the lamp “effectively replicates sunshine.” By replicating the sun’s rays, users of sad light therapy can find they have a positive response when using SAD light boxes.
When asked which SAD lamp I recommend I always suggest the Beurer TL30 if you are traveling or the ‘all singing and dancing’ Medisana LSC.
Lets take a closer look at both of these…
Light – well-being for body and soul
Ideal for your desk or on the way
Compact size through LED technology
For use in case of light deprivation symptoms in the winter months: e.g. low mood, lack of energy and drive
Simulation of sunlight: Intensity of light approx. 10.000 Lux (at a distance of 15 – 20 cm)
Exceptionally bright and even illumination
Illumination surface approx. 20cm x 12 cm
Flicker-free and UV-free
Light box with daylight
With adjustable stand
Horizontal or vertical orientation
Convenient one-button operation
Certified Medical product
Includes mains adaptor and practical storage bag
The Medisana LSC Photo Therapy Unit SAD Light is a phototherapy unit with full-spectrum light. As well as having energy-saving bulbs, the Medisana LSC Photo Therapy Unit SAD Light is flicker free.
The best time to use SAD light therapy and SAD lamps like the Medisana LSC Photo Therapy Unit is between six in the morning and eight in the evening. Such units can be used for up to two hours a day. Treatment is typically most effective when the lamp is used for at least five consecutive days.
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