Seasonal Affective Disorder(SAD) Therapy Light

Do you experience seasonal depression or the winter blues? Do you experience lower energy levels, weight gain, fatigue, interrupted sleep and irritability each winter? If your answer is "yes" you may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder SAD... but you can do something about it!

Chi Island is one of the leading specialist suppliers in light therapy equipment for treating Seasonal Affective Disorder in North America. We offer high quality light therapy products at affordable prices and all our products come with a 30 day no quibble money back guarantee. You will also find general information about S.A.D that highlights the symptoms and possible solutions that can be used to help alleviate the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder.

What is SAD?

Have you ever noticed how much better you feel when the sun is shining? Well there's a reason for it. Scientific studies have shown that the way we feel is significantly affected by natural daylight, which helps control our body's biorhythms and influences how alert and energetic we feel. It's no wonder some people feel tired and less energetic in autumn and winter. The philips EnergyLight gives you back the daylight and energy you miss out on, whatever the season, in a way that easily fits into your daily routine.

Research has shown that light regulates our body's levels of serotonin (the hormone that gives us energy) and melatonin (the hormone that makes us feel sleepy). Exposure to more light can help ensure we really do have a constant, stable, sleeping-waking rhythm, improving the quality of our sleep and making us more alert when we're awake.

Do I have SAD?

Every Year, in the dark period of autumn, winter and early spring, millions of people start feeling tired and listless. These people may well be affected by the so-called WINTERBLUES, or; as doctors call it, sub-syndronormal SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). The problems are usually caused by a lack of light. Research has shown that 60% of the population recognised at least one of the symptoms. Amazingly, 15% of us have all the symptoms of Winterblues.

Winterblues affects different people in different ways. Some of the symptoms include:

  • feeling tired
  • having less energy
  • needing more sleep
  • feeling listless and gloomy
  • concentration problems
  • craving for carbohydrates
  • gaining weight
  • low spirits
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    Light Therapy for SAD?
    Regular use of SAD Therapy Light , particularly in the morning will produce the best results. Depending on how long and at what distance the SAD Therapy Light is used, you will notice its effect within one to two weeks. You don't even have to interrupt your normal activities when you are taking your 'light bath'; you can just eat your breakfast, keep on reading, writing, watching television or working on the computer. All you have to do is look at the light occasionally.

    When used at work SAD Therapy Light improves vitality!

    Recent studies conducted in companies show that SAD Therapy Light baths considerably improve the vitality and quality of life of office employees.

    Companies can use SAD Therapy Light to improve the efficiency and well being of their personnel. To keep up your energy level, you need a certain minimum amount of light. The average daily dose is at least 2,500 lux for 2 hours. The light in your home or office usually just isn't strong enough to have a positive effect on your energy level.

    For example on a summer day outside light is approx. 1000,000 lux whilst on a dreary autumn day outside light is only 1,500 lux and inside light at home or at work is only a mere 300 - 500 lux.

    How light affects us

    Bright light sets the pace of our biological clock, which regulates our hormone productions, and increases our activity level.

    Light enters the eye and is transferred via nuclei in the autonomic nervous system to the pineal gland , causing the melatonic secretion of the gland to decrease. Melatonin is a hormone that triggers sleepiness and is mainly produced when it is dark.
    * Woman at breakfast *
    Distance Duration Lux
    25cm 1/2 hr per day 10,000 lux
    50cm 1 hr per day 5,000 lux
    75cm 2 hr per day 2,500 lux

    Please note - You may interrupt your light bath and continue it later on the same day; if this suits your schedule better.

     
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