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What You Need To Know About SAD Lamps

What You Might Want To Know

What Benefits Might I Get From SAD Lamps?

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

SAD is a major depression that intensifies when sunshine is scarce, usually due to seasonality like Winter. Norman E. Rosenthal, MD is credited with coining the memorable diagnosis and acronym in the 1980’s. However, the application of artificial light for health dates back a century to Nobel Laureate Niels Ryberg Finsen.

Light Therapy

Over 100 years later, we still benefit from Dr. Finsen’s work in artificial light for health. SAD lamps, or light therapy boxes, provide us with significant exposure to light to help offset the seasonal scarcity of sunshine. WARNING: you must consider the type of light (e.g., intensity, UV amount, etc.) as well as time(s) for use. You should always consult a training healthcare provider. More is not necessarily better.

What Color?

While researchers agree that light treatment is an effective therapy for SAD, there is less agreement on what type of light to use. Do you research and/or consult a healthcare provider.

You are in charge of your health. Doing a little extra research will not only let you make better decisions but also empower YOU with knowledge. To help you learn more let HealthCare Too start you with some links:

Light therapy is the first-choice treatment for acute SAD episodes and second-generation antidepressants are the second-choice treatment.

Implementing prevention of seasonal affective disorder from patients’ and physicians’ perspectives – a qualitative study Tweet

SAD Lamps for Light Therapy

When you are ready, here are some products that may help you experience these health benefits for your own health and household.