Top 5 SAD Lights in 2016

Choosing the right light therapy treatment for your individual lifestyle  can be daunting at first with there being so many SAD Lights available to  purchase from various brands that have different functions.  Having this in mind here at SAD.org.Uk we have extensively looked at all of the Seasonal Affective Disorder lights and narrowed them down to the ones we think are the Top 5 SAD Lights in 2016. There are a few key factors to consider in buying a SAD Light that can help to determine not only which of our Top 5 Seasonal Affective Disorder  lights is most suited to you, but any others that you may look at as well.  These factors include the amount of free time you have during the average day for a light therapy treatment; how much you have to spend; and which size is most appropriate whether for the space you have available or in terms of portability. The main focus we feel should be on your individual available treatment time, but we have taken all of these factors along with a few others into our considerations of our favourite five for this year. SAD Solutions BLUELight The SAD Solutions BLUELight is a different type of unit from the rest of these five Seasonal Affective Disorder lights as it uses LED’s that have entirely singled out the blue light wavelength.  Using solely this type of light makes it more intense and efficient so the treatment time is typically 15-20 minutes.  LED’s have a greater lifespan than standard SAD bulbs as well so the BLUELight is much more cost effective in the long...

How should I treat SAD?

If you or a family member has been diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD, then you may be wondering how best to treat it and also which may be the most effective form of treatment that applies individually.  There are different ways which are available to treat SAD, some include lifestyle changes that are more readily achievable, others require additional assistance whether it be in the form of light therapy or medication. Light Therapy Treatment by way of light therapy is one of the most effective ways to help with Seasonal Affective Disorder and is recommended by a number of European, British and American medical associations. Due to the lack of natural sunlight playing a major part in causing SAD, light treatment gives the ability to correct that in a convenient way.  If you live in a climate with little to no sunlight for extended periods or work at night then a SAD Light that uses fluorescent bulbs or LED’s can provide simulated sunlight so that your eyes receive enough during the day.  SAD Lights work by triggering the production of Serotonin in the brain so that the body can have normal circadian rhythms. A SAD light treatment can be anywhere from fifteen minutes to three hours depending on the type of unit and bulb to suit any number of individualised treatments and how much time you may have available for a session.  Seasonal Affective Disorder lights are available in a number of sizes and bulb types, some of which are very compact and portable so can be used on any travels, at work or just at home....

Symptoms associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder

There are a number of symptoms that can be a result of Seasonal Affective Disorder which can differ between sufferers so initial diagnosis or even awareness may not always be easy to identify.  Due to this it is ideal to be aware of the possible symptoms if you feel that you or even someone you know may be affected by the condition. Some of the more common symptoms that those who are affected by SAD suffer from are feelings associated with depression such as despair, feeling low, increased levels of anxiety and being irritable towards people and situations for no discernible reason, but there are others to be aware of as well. In addition to the psychological symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder that are associated with general depression; sometimes referred to as the ‘Winter Blues’ there are also physical symptoms that can be debilitating if not addressed.  Due to the cause of SAD being not receiving enough sunlight to maintain a normal circadian rhythm because of a lack of serotonin sleep problems are common so nights are likely to be restless which in turn can lead towards lethargy and tiredness during the day.  Other SAD symptoms may include cravings for food with carbohydrates and sugar which can lead to weight gain, plus a loss of libido and any physical contact are also potential symptoms as well. If any of these symptoms sound familiar then it is important to consult with a medical advisor to establish a diagnosis as even when Seasonal Affective Disorder may be assumed they can also indicate other conditions as...

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

SAD; which stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder is the name for the condition brought about more commonly during the winter months through not receiving enough sunlight and results in what is often referred to as the ‘Winter Blues’. Seasonal Affective Disorder typically occurs during winter climates due to the less overall sunlight throughout the day time which in some parts of the world, specifically the Northern Hemisphere can last for significant portions of the year.  It is also increasingly common in night shift workers also for the same lack of natural sunlight.  As less than 10% of the population works outdoors due to modern civilisation, plus the recent expansion in electronic backlit devices becoming an essential part of our everyday lives the odds of feeling some of the symptoms of SAD are ever more possible and as they may not be apparent in the same ways or as obvious to everyone individually it helps to know exactly what is Seasonal Affective Disorder. Natural sunlight is crucial to humans in maintaining a functional circadian rhythm which is achieved by the Melanopsin receptors in the eyes are triggered by it throughout the day which in turn helps the brain to release Serotonin which is a hormone that keeps awake.  This helps our body clock function correctly so that we can have a stable sleep pattern and not getting enough with the addition of staring at screens late into the evening can disrupt it which causes a number of issues. The most common symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder is feeling lethargic, having little to no energy, loss of interest in activities that...

5 Important facts about Seasonal Affective Disorder

During the winter months the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder are more prevalent amongst people suffering from it which can make it a struggle to get through your normal daily routine.  While experiencing the winter blues is fairly common, the effects of SAD can be debilitating to those who feel its effects. If you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder or may think you or someone you know does there are some important facts about it that you need to know in regard to how it does effect people, available treatment and more. SAD isn’t only a result of winter weather Seasonal Affective Disorder is more common during the winter due to the shorter days and lack of sunlight as the brain needs light to be able to create Serotonin which has a direct effect on your Circadian rhythm.  If you are work on nights or in a closed environment that has little access to natural daylight throughout the year if you are a sufferer of SAD you may notice the symptoms then as well. Seasonal Affective Disorder has a number of symptoms There are a number of symptoms that indicate SAD but it is worth noting that a person may experience all or only some of them.  These generally include lethargy and struggling to get through a daily routine, irregular or disrupted sleep patterns leading to exhaustion, loss of libido, anxiety, irritability, unusual food craving and depression.  It also may just be one indicator of a larger or further mental health conditions. It can take a while to diagnose and treat You may not realise you are suffering from...