Turning On The Light
I was wondering if any of you had used light therapy to combat SAD (seasonal affective disorder). I had actually heard of this condition, but thought it was just a condition that affected your moods in the dark winter months. And since I'm a moody little twit year round I didn't really give it a second thought. But I was reading an article today about it and now I'm thinking that it might be beneficial to get a light box. I currently leave the house between 6-6:30 (it's dark), I work in an inside office (no windows), I no longer smoke (yeah!) so there is no reason for me to go outside in the cold and I usually work a little late (not too late 'cause I really like to get in at least 15 minutes of day light so that I can read for a few minutes while I'm driving home). Bottom line: the majority of my life is spent in artificial light at this time of the year. According to the article the light box will not only help seasonal depression, it will help nonseasonal depression, PMS, obesity (it said that light therapy activates brain signals which helped some people avoid cravings) and insomnia.
If anyone has tried a light box, I love to get your thoughts on whether or not you found they helped.
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