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SAD Light Therapy

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LoveToBake

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Hey everyone,

I apologise, my internet has been broken, so that's why I haven't been online often.

I feel shattered all the time and very run down.
I have a healthy vegan diet, lots of fruit and veg. Lots of water and fruit juice.
I take multivitamins and vitamin D.

And still, I am tired and run down.

It never occurred to me that it could be the dark mornings and cold weather until now.
So I'm looking at the SAD lights.

Do you think it would be beneficial. I'm not depressed, just run down and tired but it could be due to the dark mornings and weather. My body is programmed to sleep at night and if it's dark in the morning, perhaps my body is mistaking that as time to sleep.

Any recommendations on lights?

How can I tell if a light is legit and will work?

Also how long do you tend to spend in front of the light?

Can you please share your experiences with the lights too. Did they work for you?

Thanks, much appreciated.

Unicorns
 
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Hi Unicorns,

I really struggle with the dark nights and mornings too so I completely understand.
I have no experience of SAD lights but I just wanted to wish you all the best x
 
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I use one and was instructed by a psychiatrist to use it really early in the morning-like an hour before you normally get up-OR later in the afternoon around 4-5 pm. The later afternoon time won't keep you up later. Good luck!
 
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ninnie

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I'm a bit late for this thread.
But I have this little blue light. It should give the same effect as white but with less power needed. But i think it might be giving me a headache when I try to use it. White might be more gentle.
Not sure I have SAD, but the loss of energy due to darkness is very likely.
I should try to use it more often and every morning, and see if it helps, or if it's just a nuisance.

I think I'm going to ask for a wakeup light for my birthday, or just buy one myself. I have a lot of trouble getting up in the morning now it's dark until 10 am. Good that light is slowly returning here now we're going towards Spring.
 
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ninnie

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Well it seems I might have aural migrane, so light therapy probably not recomended. Oh, well.
 
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Hi Unicorns!
I usually love the gloomy weather, but it has been really making me feel down in the dumps, so I bought a full-spectrum lamp to help with Seasonal Affective Disorder. I have been using it religously for a month now (30 minutes a day in the light), and I feel like it has made a big difference in my mood. I use NatureBright lamp (it also has a negative ionizer -- similar to the effects of a Himalayan salt rock crystal lamp). It was very reasonably priced on Amazon, and I don't know what I'd do without it! Hope this helps you!

xoxo
 
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I know this is an old post but I’m thinking of getting one this year. I always suffer dreadful depression from on October . I take a vitamin d supplement as i was advised most people in the northern hemisphere could benefit from this throughout the winter months as we dont get enough sunlight. But would like to hear of benefit that anyone got from these lamps or if I’m just wasting my money
 
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Hi Daffy
I have used one of those lights every winter for years and i still suffer badly with SAD. I have tried the plain white one which omits bright white light and i have also tried the one that wakes you up slowly with gradual light effect. Both have had no effect on me.
I dread winter coming. It wipes me off my feet.
For me the lamps were a waste of money.
I wouldnt recomend them and i asked my doctor was there anything he would recomend and he said there is nothing medically recognised. that to me says it all.
Hugs
Fox
 
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You have my sympathy Fox. My GP/CPN always expects a visit from me come November . That’s why they advised i started on vitamin D . I start in sept and take it thru to march and apart from being good for your bones it does alleviate some of the symptoms. Just find a high dose one.

Daf
 
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Against my better judgement ive gone andbought one. I just couldn’t cope with another winter of feeling shit. My CPN says i have a pattern of every November getting a bad depression and losing all motivation. Ive also restarted vitamin D which was advised.
The one i bought was a mid price range with also a red light which is supposed to help you drop off to sleep at night (which is also a problem for me) and it has a 30 min timer on it. Your suppose to use it twice a day. I would imagine it will be a couple of months before i can give any advice as to whether ive wasted my money or not.
 
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I have one but its other things too. I dont get SAD though. I got it to help me get up when I had to get up very early in dark. On a dark day I put it on daylight mode just because I love its strange white glow. Its either that or candles/lamps. I have been using it for over a week now on colour modes in evening as I watch tv. The electric blue has a hypnotic affect on me which I think helps keep anxiety back a bit. I really think from my own experience colours/light have a huge affect, subconciously. I just go with what I feel I need. Dont always have it on (its not on now)
 
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Well ive started to use the sad lamp. Didn’t think I’d start a thread as ill leave it a month b4 i post again. I’m going to use it twice a day for 30 minutes and will see what I’m like mid October
 
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I’m going to use it twice a day for 30 minutes and will see what I’m like mid October
Is that all is needed? I thought more no?
 
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