Daylight is diminishing now we have reached the end of Autumn and this Winter Blues can have significant impact on our social and work lifestyle.
SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) affects 2 million in the UK and Ireland. Symptoms include: sadness, anxiety, increase in appetite, irritability, inability to concentrate and increased desire to be alone. They can all lead to serious psychological disorders from depression to insomnia. This could all be avoided by simply having more light in our lives.
Why is light important to us?
Humans are naturally diurnal. We wake up and the morning light makes our body clocks produce the right hormones to keep us active in the day. When we miss too much light in the day, our bodies become sluggish and tired.
You’re an insomniac too?
Civilization has evolved; the majority no longer work from dawn till dusk and we work through the late hours. This is why we have noticed an effect on our mood and work performance.
But be sad no longer, there are ways to brighten up your life.
A SAD Light box can be used to alleviate your stress during the winter time. You will notice a significant effect in a week. You will feel less tired because of your body producing more Melatonin and less Serotonin that causes depression. By exposing yourself to bright light therapy you will reduce the effect of SAD, and it’s drug free!
You can install it by your work desk, attach it to your treadmill when you exercise or have it by your bedside when you read to bed. They vary in prices from £110 to £300.
There are many different products sold in the UK, from White Light (to replicate sunlight) and Blue Light (UV light and works equally the same).
SAD Light boxes are entirely safe to use for the majority of people. (Consult your GP if you have an eye problem or are taking antidepressants).
Great! How do I get one of those…light thingies?
It is important that you get the correct appropriate equipment. Otherwise, you run the risk of being exposed to incorrect levels of light.
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Again, consult your GP whether you need the treatment. There are ways to avoid the
issue by simply getting the right sleep and waking up at an appropriate time.
Staying indoors and staring at artificial light is damaging so whenever there is sun make the most of it.
Any queries please voice out below. Keep warm and have a bright winter.
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