Seasonal Affective Disorder isn’t a serious condition, but it’s really annoying.  Most people don’t even know that they are being affected.  For a while, I used to just hate winter because I thought the cold made my attitude worse.  When I came across this information for the first time, I realized that my day to day needed some adjusting.  With this article, I wanted to explain in lamens terms why you might be affected by SAD.

Sunlight Is Very Important

Why?  Well, everyday you have injections of hormones throughout your body.  Your brain decides when these hormones should be released.  We’ll focus on the two hormones, serotonin and melatonin.  Serotonin makes you happy and feeling very energetic.  Melatonin makes you drowsy and wanting to sleep, possibly even grumpy.  When your eyes can detect that it’s sunny or light out, it’ll inject your body with serotonin.  This makes sense as to why our minds and bodies are awake during the day.  When your eyes senses that it’s dark, it’ll release melatonin into your body to prepare you for sleep.

Now, imagine a winter where the sun hardly shows it’s face.  You probably have very little exposure to serotonin and too much melatonin.  This drags you down massively.  It’s important that you get the right type of light throughout the day.  To explain further…

Your Body’s Internal Clock Is Sensitive

You’re a lot more happier and healthier when your mind and body know what to expect.  Being out of tough with ourselves often causes unwanted stress. When you have good amounts of exposure to sunlight during the day, you’ll feel less likely to want to sleep and it’ll help you prevent mood swings.  This will allow you to have a more desirable sleep at night since you weren’t sleeping during the day.

So, What Do You Do When There’s No Sunlight Out?

Well, you can supplement your light exposure with a Seasonal Affective Disorder light, like the NatureBright SunTouch Plus Light.  There are plenty of quality models out there that are helping others to restore their internal body clock to ultimately feel better.  Some people use them for about 30 minutes a day while they get ready for work or while they read a book.  The effects can be seen within a few days or as long as a couple weeks, which still isn’t terribly long.

Here on our site, we provide sad light reviews for you to determine which may suit your needs.  I encourage you to think about your schedule, what kind of light you need, and what you want the lamp to look like.

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