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Winter Warning: Less Sunlight Ahead

Posted by John on November 6th, 2008

Here in Georgia, autumn leaves are falling from the trees and temperatures are dropping. Days are getting shorter, and nights are getting longer. Winter is just around the corner – and that means we’ll be spending less time outdoors and getting even less sunlight. A lack of sunlight can lead to fatigue and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of seasonal depression.

Symptoms of SAD may include depression, hopelessness, anxiety, loss of energy, social withdrawal, oversleeping, loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities, appetite changes, weight gain, and difficulty concentrating.

Reduced sunlight during the winter can cause a drop in the neurotransmitter serotonin, which affects mood. Light therapy mimics outdoor light and causes a biochemical change in your brain that lifts your mood to relieve symptoms of SAD. All you have to do is sit in front of a light therapy box for a few minutes a day.

SAD lightSome people choose to place SAD lights in their bathrooms, while other place them on their desks at work. I’ve found that light therapy in the bathroom during my morning routine helps me to get a good start on the day.

Verilux Sunshine SimulatorsThe Verilux Happylite Deluxe Sunshine Simulator and the Verilux HappyLite Mini Ultra Sunshine Simulator are both small light therapy boxes that would easily fit in your bathroom or on your desk.

Apollo full spectrum lightsApollo SAD lights will also help to chase away the winter blues. Treat your seasonal depression in as little as 15 minutes a day! Apollo Health is the leading manufacturer of products for SAD treatment.

And there’s no need to worry about your skin during SAD treatment; light therapy boxes don’t produce any harmful ultraviolet rays.

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