Posts Tagged ‘winter blues’

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.

 

 


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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Full-Spectrum Light (issue 43)

Friday, October 14th, 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.

 

WORK BETTER
A LED Strip Light Jewelry Display Can Wow Your Customers
Lighting should always be as close to full spectrum, natural light as possible. Studies show that it makes people feel happier and healthier, and these lights are actually used to help people who experience mood problems during the darker months. LED strip light jewelry display cases simply give your consumers a better feeling and a better view

 

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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 18)

Monday, February 21st, 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.

 

BIRDCARE

When Your Canary Molts – Care and Diet Tips | That Bird Blog
If your Canary is molting in winter or spring, try limiting its day to 8-10 hours of light, and keep the temperature at 68-70F. Full spectrum light (please see article below) is also helpful in establishing normal cycles and supports …

 

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Full-Spectrum Light (issue 17)

Monday, February 14th, 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

Beating the Winter Blues | Create Our World: Hitchhiking | Hoboing
Full spectrum light bulbs provide similar light as the Light Therapy lamp, yet you can put them in other lamps around your house. These are a cheaper alternative than the Light Therapy lamp and provide a similar experience. … (more…)


Is where you live making you SAD?

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

We found this wonderful little app that will tell you the daylight hours in any part of the world, at any time of the year.

 

If you research your home and find a long period of little grey concerned faces or even worse the little blue sad faces, then you may want to be proactive in how you handle your next winter.

 

For those nearing the end of a current winter, this could be the perfect time to implement some of the recommendations below.

 

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Full-Spectrum Light (issue 16)

Sunday, February 6th, 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.

HOME DECORATING
Lighting Windowless Rooms | Home Lighting Advice

Complement general lighting with accent lighting like table lamps and wall sconces, to avoid a cave-like atmosphere. Try full spectrum lighting, as it mimic the sun’s natural light. A little bit of maneuvering will turn any windowless .. (more…)


Full-Spectrum Light (issue 15)

Sunday, January 30th, 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
Healing Power of Light – What You Didn’t Know About Your Anatomy …
When indoors, do what you can to get full-spectrum lighting and avoid florescent lighting. In other words, you need to care about the quality of the light you’re getting. Master “normal abdominal breathing” – that’s the method devised …

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Full-Spectrum Light (issue 11)

Friday, December 10th, 2010

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
Eliminating Distractions

Full-spectrum lighting is preferred in an autism education facility, but non-fluorescent lighting uses considerably more energy, and an operations budget …
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