SAD Light Therapy and Depression

SAD Light Therapy is a form of light therapy for those suffering a particular type of depression – Seasonal Affective Disorder (more commonly known as SAD).  For people who live in countries where their winter climate is long and dull, or where they have long nights and short days, people can suffer from depression whereas they may find they don’t during summer, more brighter months.

This “seasonal” condition is due to the fact that there is limited or no sunlight.  Our bodies need sunlight to function properly.  Apart from getting the right nutrients from it, it also stimulates the production of melatonin and seratonin in the brain through stimulation of the pineal gland.

If you live in a dull climate or find you are continually depressed during the long winter months, you may want to read more about SAD light therapy here.

Some people have heard of using light therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder. But does it really work?

Does it help to elevate the moods?

For people who live in parts of the US and other parts of the world where the days are very cloudy and short, it is a common problem that they feel depressed and lethargic.  Sometimes it may just be called social anxiety but there is more to this condition.

Most dismiss it as just “one of those days” but when it happens year after year around the same time of the year is there any truth to the fact that SAD really exists?

Yes it does exist and yes light therapy does work. But it is something that needs to be used daily and for at least 20 mins per day. Also to use it in the morning is essential as the role of the light is to awaken the pineal gland.

For those suffering with SAD, home units are available. Click here for home light therapy units.