If you’re suffering from seasonal affective disorder, light therapy is the most common home treatment available. Seasonal affective disorder light therapy only takes a few minutes a day to quickly and easily cure those winter blues. Let’s go through the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder and the best way to implement light therapy.
Are you a good candidate for seasonal affective disorder light therapy?
Let’s look at the signs of seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Have you experienced a change in your appetite? Do you crave sweet or starchy foods? Are you gaining weight? Are you hitting the vending machine for sweets when you normally wouldn’t?
- Do you have a lack of energy? Are you oversleeping and feeling tired? If you tend to oversleep often during the winter you may have seasonal affective disorder.
- Do you find yourself avoiding social interaction and are more sensitive to rejection? Are you avoiding parties and doing the things that you normally enjoy?
- Are you irritable and have difficulty concentrating? Do your friends and family seem to annoy you all the time?
If you display one or more of these symptoms than you are a good candidate for seasonal affective disorder light therapy.
How do I do light therapy for seasonal affective disorder?
Easy, just two sessions of about 15 minutes each sitting in front of a light therapy light.
The light itself should be capable of producing about 25 times the light in a normal room, and, it does NOT have to be sunlight, fluorescent light is just fine for this.
You’ll want to avoid going for more than 15 minutes at a time as this can lead to insomnia, irritability and eyestrain. Also avoid doing a light therapy session close to your bedtime.
In the end if you do decide to do seasonal affective disorder light therapy the treatments should last all winter and you should start to see noticeable results in as little as a week.
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