What is SAD? SAD stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder. This is characterized by seasonal specific depression. So this is by no means limited to just Winter, but rather many people can experience this disorder in the Spring, Summer and Fall. The most common, however is Winter-onset depression.
Some common symptoms of SAD include:
"difficulty waking up in the morning, morning sickness, tendency to oversleep and over eat, ..a craving for carbohydrates, ..lack of energy, difficulty concentrating on or completing tasks, and withdrawal from friends, family and social activities.." -Wikipedia
In a nutshell, it's no fun. Fortunately there are treatments. Many doctors may subscribe antidepressants along with light therapy. Light therapy in itself may be fully effective at treating Winter-onset depression. The reason being is that lack of natural light is most likely the catalyst for this disorder.
This is why I decided to look into this form of treatment. After much searching I decided to go with Sun Touch Plus by Nature Bright. I'm glad I did!
Nature Bright has been in the business of creating light therapy products for over a decade and they have an amazing track record of helping many people alleviate their SAD symptoms.
The science behind light therapy:
"Scientific researchers have discovered a new light receptor in the eye's retina that interprets signals from light rays, and send the information to sections of our brain that stimulate hormone secretion and body rhythms. The Sun Touch Plus' Sky Effect lamps emit the optimal blue light that best stimulates these receptors, which send signals to neurological receptors, energizing important centers in the body."
Some of the features of the Sun Touch Plus include:
10,000 Sky Effect Light
Built-in Negative Ionizer
15,30,45, and 60 Minute Timer
Emits 17,000 Kelvin UV-Free Light
Mimics the blue sky
When I first received my Sun Touch I was so anxious to get started I had it positioned too close and for too long, I timed it for the full hour. As a result I ended up with a headache. I now have it set up on a filing cabinet next to my desk; which is a little further away, and I time it for 30 minutes. So it's important to gauge your bodies reaction. You may want to start out slower and then gradually increase your time.
I try to use my Nature Bright as early in the A.M. as possible. I'm already seeing a increase in my energy level as well as some relief with the depression. I really wished I had looked into this sooner.
Light therapy is not advised for those who suffer with bipolar disorder, if your not certain then you should seek a diagnosis from your doctor. This not a sunlamp, you will not receive a tan. Sun Touch is completely free of UV light.
Light therapy isn't limited to just SAD, but those that suffer with:
Fatigue caused by irregular work shifts
Menstrual and menopause discomfort
Excessive tiredness and fatigue
Winter where I live is still cold and dreary, but I'm happy to say that Sun Touch Plus by Nature Bright has given me some semblance of a life back.
The price is phenomenal on Amazon and you still get a two year warranty.
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