SAD is a type of depression that occurs during the fall and winter when there are fewer hours of sunlight.
The light from a sun lamp is believed to have a positive impact on serotonin and melatonin.
These chemicals help control your sleep and wake cycle.
Serotonin also helps reduce anxiety and improve mood.
How does a SAD lamp work?
The basic idea behind how a SAD Light Therapy box works is to create a simulation of sunlight at the most convenient time for sufferers of Seasonal Affective Disorder so that the Melanopsin receptors in the eyes can trigger the required Serotonin release within the brain for natural sleep cycles and general feelings of
Can you use a SAD light too much?
It is possible to get too much light, which can produce discomfort including feeling “wired,” such as after consuming too much caffeine. In summary, light therapy is one proven treatment for controlling symptoms of seasonal affective disorder during fall/winter months.
When should you use a SAD lamp?
People will often use a light box during their usual morning routine when eating breakfast, watching morning television, reading a newspaper or at the start of their working day if they work from home. We recommend placing the light box at approximately 30 degrees from directly in front of you (see diagram below).
Does a sad light give Vitamin D?
Light therapy is also recommended by the Mayo Clinic for treatment of SAD and for other conditions. Please keep in mind that these lamps do not affect your Vitamin D levels.