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Old 21-11-17, 01:23 PM   #1
 
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Since the end of DST when the clocks went back, our evenings get darker and our mornings become a struggle; until we reach the Winter Solstice when our evenings begin getting lighter, but to enjoy those bright mornings again it's going to take several weeks. As soon as September-October arrived, I begin feeling down and often rather anxious. Days on end when it rained cats and dogs, cloud everywhere and there was me feeling pretty sad and miserable. Then mum suggested I buy a light box and use it every morning.

I couldn't face struggling through another winter, so I spent about 50 euros on a light box and have been using it for about 10 days or so. Mine has the required 10,000 lux which is the medical standard to treat SAD. In less than a week I was feeling better.

Lux is the measurement of light. A sunny summer day consists of approximately 10,000 lux, where as the regular light inside my room only consists of 500 lux. Following the box's instructions I set it at an angle on my desk next to the computer. The light shone brightly in my peripheral vision; I'd set the timer for 15 minutes, sipped my coffee and typed my emails. Come afternoon and I would use the light box again, this time for about 10 minutes though no later than 4 PM.

I feel so much better. Well, I'm not exactly bouncing around a Tigger every morning, lol, but feel significantly good. If you have SAD, ask your parents to buy a light box. They vary in price, but aim to find one like mine: 10,000 lux. Mine recharges off the mains. It came supplied with a plug.

There are more expensive light boxes that use medically proven blue light, again 10,000 lux.

-Before buying though, consult your doctor first especially if you're hypersensitive to light (eg. diabetics and epileptics) or are on specific medication that could make you sensitive to bright light.


Mum uses it, too, and my youngest sister. Both feel much better so it's not only me.
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Default Re: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

These psychic lows during the end time of an annual run will always be a mystery to me.

I even like shorter days when the nights get longer. Apparently, it seems, the lower amount of light during the winter period has no special influence on my psychic-biological processes in my body.
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These psychic lows during the end time of an annual run will always be a mystery to me.

I even like shorter days when the nights get longer. Apparently, it seems, the lower amount of light during the winter period has no special influence on my psychic-biological processes in my body.
Hey @lliam

Thank you for posting your thoughts on my thread.

In demystifying this puzzle of your's, it is our body's internal clock that creates sleep-wake problems at the onset of Winter: known as 'Circadian Rhythm'.

You see, your body uses sunlight to time various important functions, such as when you wake up, so lower light levels during our winters may disrupt our body clock and lead to symptoms of SAD.

Have you been craving carbohydrates and sleeping for longer? had persistent low mood or losing interest in normal everyday activities? These could be a symptom of SAD. You should connsider seeing your doctor if you have been struggling to cope. Your doctor can carry out an assment to check your overal mental health and they may ask you about your mood, your lifestyle and eating / sleeping habits like mine did.

I continue using my light box as does my little sister. It's been wonderful and we have the same feelings throughout the day as if it's like, summertime. Ask your parents to buy you a light box. Let me know how you get on.

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Wow, I need this!
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