SAD Lighting

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If you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, you are not alone. Some days you can be just sitting at a window watching the clouds rolling slowly past dark grey sliding over a light grey background, feeling the dreariness of the sky outside slipping into your soul, coloring your whole being with the grey color of nothingness. This feeling of depression brought on by somber days is not uncommon and with study is becoming more and more understood. There is a way to deal with this overall sad feeling, you don’t need to feel the nothingness of depression brought on by long, slow dreary days.

In this case, there is a light at the end of the tunnel and it actually is a light and not a train. This light is made specifically for someone suffering from what you do. This is a multi spectrum light that is designed specifically to help alleviate the symptoms of this affliction. Rather than taking a dose of mood altering drugs, sufferers can spend some time under these full spectrum lights, reading a book or working on their computer or even watching TV and feel relief from their symptoms. This type of therapy coupled with an exercise program will help to make life much brighter in the future, no matter what season it is outside.

What Is A Dawn Simulator?

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Light therapy is about resetting the body’s circadian rhythms. It works to trigger its responses to sunlight when there simply isn’t enough natural sunlight to trigger them normally. One way to trigger these responses in a natural manner is to use a dawn simulator. This is a device that works much like an alarm clock. The simulator is set to a specific time. When that time arrives it triggers a light that slowly grows in its intensity and mimics the sunrise. Our eyes respond to light even when we ourselves are asleep and so our brain registers and begins to respond to the false dawn as if it were real. This helps to shut down the body’s melatonin production in anticipation of the need to be awake and alert now that it is day.

Some dawn simulators also work in reverse and can be set to mimic a sunset. This is useful for further fine-tuning light therapy and for treating sleep disorders or even jet lag. Specific individuals respond to light therapy best at specific times of day and a sunset simulator may be more helpful to some than morning therapy. Used with a traditional light box, a dawn simulator is a strong aid to the treatment of SAD as well. Because light therapy is about mimicking natural light, the dawn simulator is an excellent extension to it.

Which Is The Best SAD Lamp Brand?

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The best SAD lamp is the one that works best for your specific treatment needs. Light therapy works best when it is properly attuned to your body and your lifestyle so that ultimately you are able to experience relief from the symptoms of a light deficiency.

A light box is a metal box whose basic components are a bulb and a diffuser. These are the elements that help to customize the type of light that you receive, its intensity, its brightness, even its spectrum and wavelength are important to your therapy. The box itself should be angled so that you may comfortable pursue other activities when using it. The strength of the light you are receiving should be around 10,000 lux so as to mimic full sunlight. Your diffuser should have a UV filter in order to protect your eyes during treatment. These are the basics.

One of the better types of light box is the full spectrum box. It has a full range of light, imitates the sun, and has a bluish cast. Another strong contender is the broad spectrum box which is similar, but doesn’t contain UV rays in its spectrum. If you need the light while traveling, you might consider a portable light box. Finally, there is the dawn simulator, which is a nice accompaniment to light therapy in its own right. Any of these models could be the right one for you so its best to carefully consider before picking your light box.

Why Is Light Important?

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Light is one of the most important components of our physical and mental health. Without it, we simply cannot function correctly. Our bodies cannot maintain the production of vitamins, hormones, and other chemicals necessary for health and balance. The only light that can meet all these needs is full spectrum light. Normally, we would receive the proper amount of light to catalyze important chemical reactions via sunlight absorbed during the day. But human beings have moved to an indoor life, where the amount of light can be 500 to 1000 times less that what we’d get outside. We no longer govern our days by the light of the sun, but our bodies are still trying to and in the process, our quality of life suffers.

Sunlight stimulates our brains and help to regulate our hormonal systems. It stimulates our bodies and helps to allow nutrient absorption and vitamin D production. Its lack has been linked to SAD, clinical depression, sleep disorders, tooth decay, suppressed immune function, hair loss, sun damage, cancer, alcoholism, drug abuse, Alzheimer’s disease, and more.
Without sunlight the delicate system that allows us to keep running on a day-to-day basis is powerfully disrupted.  The importance of proper light exposure to our health and happiness simply cannot be overstated. Even in is purest form, evaluated only as energy; light is one of the most powerful components of life on earth. Like water and air, it is a basic key to life.

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