Do I Need SAD Light Therapy?

Everyone suffers from seasonal affective disorder to some extent. However, not everyone suffers to the degree of needing help. Some individuals only ever experience a much milder form known as the winter blues.

SAD light therapy products such as SAD light therapy boxes, as well as artificial dawn simulators, are a non-chemical, non-invasive way to help maintain your bodies' natural hormonal balance. They are an artificial substitute for natural light and a natural sunrise.

Do you need SAD light therapy? That is a good question. People who suffer from seasonal affective disorder usually experience increased moodiness, lethargy, appetites, and insomnia. Symptoms normally start around August or September with just a general feeling of lethargy and sleepiness and progress into more depressive moody behavior with increased periods of agitation as autumn progresses. The symptoms generally diminish around the end of March or early spring with the increasing daylight hours.

SAD Light Therapy Boxes and Artificial Dawn Simulators

SAD light therapy products, as well as artificial dawn simulators, help to regulate the production of the hormones serotonin and melatonin. Low serotonin levels are believed to be the causes of many cases of mild to severe depression, anxiety, apathy, fatigue, and insomnia. Melatonin is the chief regulator of our circadian rhythms or sleep cycles. Increase in production of this hormone attributes to fatigue, sleepiness, and excessive eating and weight gain. The decrease in production of one hormone is linked to the increased production in the other hormone resulting in the seasonal disorders.

An artificial dawn simulator works by simulating sunrise. Our internal body clocks are set by how light or dark our environment is. In the wintertime we are trying to wake while it is still dark and our bodies are still producing the sleep hormone melatonin. This hormone is produced in the absensce of light. By initiating sunrise with an artificial dawn simulator 30-60 minutes prior to waking you are helping to stop the production of melatonin in your body allowing your body to wake up in a more natural restful way. There are also dawn dusk simulators that imitate the natural cycle of light. They are primarily artificial dawn simulators that can be programmed for dusk simulation as well. Dawn dusk simulators prepares your body to wake and sleep naturally with light cues.

SAD light therapy works for everyone whether or not you have seasonal affective disorder or not. We all feel better when it is nice and bright around us. SAD light therapy boxes can help you create a lively atmosphere to keep the winter blues away.