When I went to school in Chicago, one of the things I learned was Seasonal Affective Disorder also known as winter depression or winter blues. Ever since I’ve been working more in my office and less time outside, I have experienced some winter blues. Symptoms may include oversleep, lack of energy, depression, insomnia, and decreased appetite.
One of the best treatment is light therapy. Verilux HappyLight product is an innovative product that brings Natural Spectrum daylight into your home or office. The benefits of the light provide a broad spectrum light therapy to stimulate the eye’s photoreceptors: cones and rods. The bright light therapy can act like daylight to restore balance, mood and energy.
When you choose a light therapy, make sure you can find one that can go up to 10,000 Lux. Place the Verilux Lamp on a table or other flat surface about 6 to 24 inches from your face slightly off center. You want to use it with your eyes open but do not stare directly at the light. The lamp does filter out all the bad UV rays so you won’t damage your eyes. One of the drawbacks is the light bulb is expensive to replace but it will last 10,000 hours.
I have been using it for about 2 weeks and it’s been a hit. I have had more energy and don’t feel fatigue by the end of the week. It’s actually on sale right now at Costco for $39.99. I was going to purchase it last year, but it was $99.99. Please contact your family doctor before you using this product.