Posts Tagged ‘Seasonal Affective Disorder’

New SAD Treatment – Shining Light Into The Brain Through The Ears

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Source: Doctor Tipster

 

New SAD Treatment – Shining Light Into The Brain Through The Ears

“The effectiveness and exact mechanism of this light-treatment was not fully understood until now, until researchers from Oulu, Finland, found that the central role was not played by the retina. Instead the light acts on light-sensitive proteins on the brain’s surface. Special earphones were designed that shine a beam of light through the ear canal to a light-sensitive area in the brain, this being an efficient alternative to light therapy.”

 

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Comments: We have looked into the role of light in keeping SAD at bay before. In this article they explore whether it needs to be accessed through the eyes or whether there are other mechanisms that allow it to act.

 

 


Seasonal Vinyasa Yoga for Winter

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Source: 8 Limbs Yoga Blog

 

Title Seasonal Vinyasa Yoga for Winter

 

The main intention behind my winter seasonal vinyasa practices is to help you ward off typical Kapha imbalances by raising your core temperature, enhancing your metabolism, and increasing your circulation and spirit by offering you dynamic, invigorating, rhythmic sequences that keep the earth and water from going out of balance.

 

 

Also, try eating less to keep your digestive fire bright, supplementing your diet with vitamin D, omitting sugar and alcohol to reduce mood swings, enjoying a hot bath, sitting by a fire, or spending five to ten minutes in a tanning bed or in front of full-spectrum light bulbs. These are just a few alternative ways to move you towards sukkha, and away from suffering, or dukkha, during this dark season.

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Comments: This author covers more than just the practice of the asanas (exercises) in how yoga can be incorporated into your life. We are especially interested in the discussion of how light is incorporated into a yoga practice over winter.

 

 


Illuminating the biological basis of light therapy

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Source: Capital City Weekly

 

Title Illuminating the biological basis of light therapy

 

Light therapy has been of medical interest for centuries and many pre-modern hospitals included a solar room for patients. However, only in recent decades is the physiochemical basis of light’s effects on mammals beginning to be understood. Here, we will explore an example of how light affects a biochemical process important for mood and sleep-wake cycles. In doing so, we can gain insight as to how non-light mood enhancers may work through a similar mechanism.

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Comments: This article is an indepth look at the concept of light and what research shows about its effects on us. For those who are interested in the field, this is well-worth reading./i>

 

 

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How to: Have a Happier Winter

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Source: Seaholm Highlander

 

How to: Have a Happier Winter

 

With the holidays over and Spring break months away, the winter may seem like a long unnecessary cycle of overcast skies and frigid temperatures.

 

A combination of shorter days, less sunlight, and cold temperatures may cause heightened feelings of depression and sadness during the winter months. However there are several things you can do to improve your mood and make the winter more bearable.

 

Get Some (fake) Sun: While there may seem to be a shortage of sunny days during Michigan winters, take advantage of them and get outdoors. Sunlight releases neurotransmitters in the brain that improve mood. Enjoy the benefits of sunlight even on overcast days by using full spectrum light bulbs, which have been shown to ‘mimic natural sunlight.’

 

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Comments: For those living in the Northern hemisphere we are starting to see the peak of published material on how to deal with Seasonal Affective Disorder. This article (from a secondary school paper) has a good down-to-earth list of solutions for those suffering from SAD this year.

 

 

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Unhappy Holidays and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Source: American Soul Food

 

Unhappy Holidays and Seasonal Affective Disorder

 

Douse Yourself in Light.
When you wake and want to pull the comforter over your head, flip on the light or throw open the curtains instead. Look into the light. Use the force. Getting light into your eyes. Try a winter light machine or broad spectrum bulbs in your lamps both at work and home to make up for lost UV rays from the sun. Sunlight gets your circadian rhythm on track, helping to manage cortisol (your stress and get-up-and-go hormone) and melatonin (a calm and sleep hormone).

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Comments: For those currently in the grip of an overly long winter, we recommend the 10 tips outlined in this article for ways to beat the winter blues.

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Snippet: Make winter enjoyable by using all five senses

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Source: TulsaWorld

 

Make winter enjoyable by using all five senses

 

Light is the most crucial cure for winter blues. “Open the shades and soak up as much natural light as you can,” says Keller, who is a feng shui consultant and yoga instructor. “Get outside during the day for walks. Moving and even feeling the wind on your face energizes you. That vitamin D you get from sun exposure is so important.”

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Comments: This article gives ideas for those who currently feel trapped in the depths of winter. We like that it acknowledges the power of light in our lives.

 

 


Full-Spectrum Light (issue 41)

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Around the world different people are talking about how they use full-spectrum lighting in their day-to-day lives. We feature some of the best here.

 

HEALTH

I’ve Got Sunshine on a Cloudy Day
So, this year I am testing out full spectrum light bulbs. They are supposed to provide light rays similar to those of the sun and are (supposedly) the best thing short of medication for treating seasonal depression. It’s like a little ball of sunshine in the corner of my office!
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Seasonal Affective Disorder – a summer or winter condition?

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD) is most popularly known as a winter condition or “winter blues” – the condition being bought on by the onset of shorter days and less exposure to daylight.

 

While 5% of the population are considered to be effected by the winter version, it is now estimated that up to 1% of the population have the summer variant.

 

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Full-spectrum Light (issue 27)

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

Around the world different people are talking about how they use full-spectrum lighting in their day-to-day lives. We feature some of the best here.

 

Light Health For Pet Birds
Exposure to natural light is very important for the proper absorption and utilization of calicum in pet birds.

 

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Full-Spectrum Light (issue 24)

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Around the world different people are talking about how they use full-spectrum lighting in their day-to-day lives.  We feature some of the best here.

 

HEALTH
Winter Blues « Zodhana Yoga
Get some sun exposure or exposure to a full spectrum light. Read a good book. Drink hot herbal tea throughout the day. Dress in your favorite most comfortable cloths. Eat satisfying, tasteful and clean foods. …

 

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