A little switch turns on in my brain every year, somewhere around the end of February. It seems to occur when the days lengthen and my body soaks up the extra light. Indeed, I become a different person!
S.A.D. or Seasonal Affective Disorder
I am one of millions of people who suffer from S.A.D or Seasonal Affective Disorder, which is most prevalent in countries furthest away from the Equator.
I have used a S.A.D lamp for many years, as I realize that I need LOTS of natural daylight as part of my self healing regime. Spending time outdoors throughout the year helps, but in winter I find the cold air is not good for my lungs, and I cannot walk or garden as often as I would wish. My lamp is used on a daily basis throughout winter, until spring beckons me outside once again…
Lack of natural daylight can induce a number of S.A.D. symptoms including:
- Sleeping more than usual
- Cravings for carbohydrates
- Difficulty in concentrating
- Decreased libido…
Many of these symptoms are also common in fibromyalgia.
S.A.D. lamps are somewhat daintier and cheaper than they used to be. My lamp (seen below) stands 20cm tall and cost around 40 Euro. In the early 1990’s, my first lamp stood around 70cm tall at a cost of nearer 200 Euros!
S.A.D. lamps are widely available online, or from pharmacies.
Please consult your doctor or health care professional before embarking on a new self care regime.
Using a S. A. D. Lamp
I usually manage well on 30 minutes daily during winter. However, every individual is different, and you can vary the length and frequency to suit your individual requirements.
My lamp sits on my desk, and I switch it on when I work on my computer.
I find it best to use the lamp in the morning, otherwise I feel too wide awake at bedtime.
Do you suffer from S.A.D?
Have you benefited from using a S.A.D. lamp?
Brigid P. Gallagher