SAD lamps — or light therapy boxes — are said to treat seasonal depression, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
The light, which mimics outdoor light, claims to help combat your body’s lack of serotonin due to no sunlight, and to help your body get used to waking up in the morning with no natural light.
I used a SAD lamp every day for a month. Since I don’t have SAD, I didn’t notice a big change in my mood, but I did appreciate the natural light source in my morning routine.
SAD lamps (or light therapy boxes), a form of light therapy meant to combat seasonal depression by mimicking sunlight, are all the rage right now. One even appeared in an episode of “Broad City.” But do they actually work? The jury is still out.
I, like most people, can sometimes feel a bit down during the endless gray days of a New York City winter. I wake up before the sun rises, and I leave my office after the sun sets. I don’t get a lot of time to soak up vitamin D.
Even though I don’t have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), I decided to use a SAD lamp for a month to see if it would improve my mood.
If you do want to try out a SAD lamp and you do have SAD, you should definitely reach out to a medical professional first. Light therapy doesn’t work for everyone and has been found to induce mania in some people with bipolar disorder, or interact negatively with certain medications.
Light box therapy is used to combat seasonal affective disorder (SAD), aka seasonal depression. The idea is that bright, white light can help offset the effects of winter and its lack of sunlight.
For my experiment, I used the Verilux® Happy Light Liberty 5K Natural Spectrum Energy Lamp, which retails for $39.99 on Amazon. That’s on the lower end of the spectrum, price-wise. They can run into the triple digits.
Full disclosure: I don’t have SAD, so I can’t speak to its effectiveness for dealing with it. Mainly, like most people, I just feel a little down during the winter when days are shorter and I see little sunlight.
The goal is to help your internal body clock get on track. During the fall and winter months — especially after daylight savings ends — most people wake up in the morning before sunrise.
A theory posits that lack of sunlight hampers our body’s production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate our mood.
Doctors recommend using a SAD lamp for 20 to 30 minutes every morning. This is supposed to let your brain know that another 24-hour cycle has begun, and help wake you up in the morning.
I decided to try using the light for a month, to see if it affected my mood or helped me wake up in the morning.
The first day with my SAD lamp had the ideal conditions — a stormy morning that was completely pitch black.
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Source:: Business Insider