Happy Lights - SAD

  • $45.00


Orange Happy Light on desk

Happy Light - Seasonal Affective Disorder 

The picture above is not my desk, I have stacks of papers all over my desk making - it not an ideal picture for the website.   However, I do have the same light on my personal desk at the office.  I leave it on all winter and I can tell you that it works for me.

Most people feel more cheerful and optimistic when it’s a sunny day.  But for depression sufferers, sunshine is of even greater importance.  Exposure to sunlight does not only boost mood, but  improves our entire physiology.  When bare skin is directly exposed to sunlight, Vitamin D is produced.  This vitamin leads to greater immune function, lower incidence of heart disease and other illnesses, boosts weight loss and improves bone density.  In a study conducted by the University Hospital of North Norway, scientists found that depressed patients showed significant improvement upon supplementation with high doses of Vitamin D.

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Sunlight is important for the effective functioning of the hypothalamus, which regulates the circadian rhythms.  When the circadian rhythm is disrupted, levels of melatonin and serotonin are affected. Melatonin regulates our sleep and energy levels, while serotonin affects our mood and appetite.

Some depression sufferers only experience symptoms during the winter months.  This form of depression (Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD) is directly linked to the lack of exposure to sunlight.  But everyone, and especially all depression sufferers will benefit from:

 

  • Exposing your skin to the sun for 30 minutes 3 times a week.
  • Getting your dose of sunshine before 10am and after 3pm
  • Opening your curtains and letting the sunshine in.
  • Exercising outside as much as possible
  • Investing in a Happy Light if your outdoor hours are too limited during the winter.
  • Adding a vitamin D supplement if levels remain low.
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    The Lamp is great but it is the bulb that has the Happy Light to combat seasonal affective disorder.  The bulb we use is an ALZO 27w Joyous Light with full spectrum light.  It has a 5500k (kelvin - referring to the spectrum of light)  and 1300 Lumen ( referring to the amount of light emitted per second).  The appearance is daylight white light.  The thing is that you need to be within a 3 foot proximity to the light for it to do its job well, so a desk lamp is a great idea.

     

    Happy Light Bulb

     

     This is the light bulb that will be in the box with your light.  You can also buy them separately to replace broken bulbs, cost may vary but it is about $15.  If you have any questions  contact us via email and we will try to assist you in any way we can.

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