SAD Lights

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Hey! Isabelle here and welcome to the podcast.


This podcast discusses seasonal affective disorder and the methods and techniques I use to deal with it.


Today we’re going to talk about light boxes.  What are they?  Why would you want to use them?  And how to pick the right box.


First, why would you want to use them…  As the seasons change the amount of natural sunlight you’re exposed to changes.    Apart from changes in the temperature this is usually what people seem to notice the most.  It gets dark early and gets light later.  It sucks… It’s depressing but we have to deal with it.


That’s where light boxes come in!  So what are light boxes?  Think of them as little artificial suns.  They help you to extend the daylight by artificial means.


Basically they come in two types.  Ones that target specific wavelengths and ones that will essentially try to simulate natural daylight (also known as full spectrum).


One or the other will usually work.


I’ve tried both and it just happens that I need the full spectrum light.  I need to fool myself into thinking it’s sunny, bright, warm day outside.


The ones that target specific wavelengths work less well for me… but for some people they may work better.  Essentially they target wavelengths that have been shown to affect mood.


That’s all there is to it.  Remember the only way to know which will work for you is to try them.

Resources:
Seasonal Affective Disorder

SAD Lights