It’s no secret I struggle mentally during the winter months. It’s as if the feeling of wanting to hibernate until March cuts deep into my soul. And fighting the urge to actually do it. To live a normal life each day is really draining for me.
A few years ago someone recommended a seasonal affective disorder (SAD) therapy lamp. When I start to feel down in the winter months, I have it on whilst I’m working from home. It’s on now as I write this post. Lately, I am definitely missing the sunshine. Therefore it’s vital I have my seasonal affective disorder (SAD) therapy lamp on during these dark days in the UK.
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In this post, I will discuss the benefits of using these lamps
Getting the sunlight we miss out on during the winter months
Our bodies need sunlight, but we rarely receive enough of it. The SAD therapy lamp aids our ability to produce two essential hormones: melatonin and serotonin.
Melatonin helps your sleep cycle and serotonin helps you feel awake when you get up the next day. Lacking melatonin can cause sleep problems or insomnia. A deficiency in serotonin can cause depression and lethargy. Therefore it is vital our bodies produce these chemicals. And you can easily see why people suffer mentally during the darker, winter months.
Kickstart the hormones in the morning with a therapy lamp
Just 20-30 minutes each morning, can trigger these important hormones and provide our bodies with much-needed sunlight. Morning is the best time to sit by the therapy lamp and the best time for our bodies to produce these chemicals. It takes me back to sitting in the sun lounger just after breakfast when we travelled abroad.
I also use a Himalayan salt lamp, in addition to my SAD therapy lamp
It’s a proven fact that inadequate melatonin levels can negatively impact sleep. In the past, I struggled with my sleep pattern. And would often be up until the early hours of the morning, worrying about things I couldn’t control.
Higher levels of serotonin are associated with higher levels of energy. This could be a reason we have lower levels of energy during the winter months. And we feel happier and brighter during the summer months.