It’s That Time of the Year Again

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It’s that time of the year for some of us to feel sad again. By this I mean SAD as in Seasonal Affective Disorder. This occurs in some of us in the winter when we have day after day of reduced sunlight or no sunlight at all. This can lead to feelings of depression, just not felling well, low energy, not feeling like doing anything or not wanting to be around other people. We may also over sleep, overeat, especially carbs which can lead to weight gain.

The lower amount of sun we get in the fall and winter can disrupt our biological clock which affect our sleep cycle, our serotonin and melatonin levels. Almost 10% of the population in the northern areas of the country may be affected to some degree. My late wife Rebecca suffered from depression for most of her life and it was usually worse in the winter. I built her a full spectrum light box to give her the equivalent to sunlight. She would sit in this light for as long as she felt the need to. Even to me it felt good to sit in the light, it gave me a pleasant feeling.

You can buy these SAD therapy lights online or just add some full spectrum bulbs to any fluorescent fixture as I did. If you think you might have this problem there is a lot of good information online. The best prices I have seen for these lights are on Amazon. They even have a  Seasonal Affective Disorder for Dummies book.

Thanks for visiting, you are always welcome here. May you and yours have a healthy and happy day.       David



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