For Immediate Release
Full Spectrum Solutions Offers Beneficial Solutions for Treating Seasonal Affective Disorder
Jackson, MI– September 17th, 2013 – Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a seasonal type of depression that affects up to 20 percent of Americans every fall and winter. Symptoms of winter-onset depression (SAD) usually begin in late fall or early winter and gradually go away by summer.
Seasonal Affective Disorder results from a lack of exposure to natural sunlight, which is why most sufferers experience SAD during the fall and winter months. The reason this happens is because as light levels decrease, the pineal gland in the brain begins producing higher levels of melatonin, which is the hormone that induces sleep, and less serotonin, which has a major impact on mood.
Loss of motivation, a desire to oversleep, feeling fatigued, the inability to tolerate stress, a desire to avoid social contact, and change in eating habits are symptoms of SAD and can result in depression and weight gain.
Studies show that light therapy is a natural and non-medical solution to treating depression caused by the absence of sunlight. Full Spectrum Solutions offers light therapy products such as BlueMax™ 70w desk and floor lamps and UltraLux® light boxes that provide 10,000 Lux (a measurement of light intensity) of full spectrum light that duplicates the visible wavelengths of sunlight and alleviates symptoms of SAD.
Scientists and medical professionals that study the effects of artificial daylight on the human eye have found that full spectrum lighting stimulates the eye’s photoreceptors and enhances the production of serotonin (mood hormone) and suppresses the level of melatonin (sleep hormone) in the brain, which results in a better sense of wellbeing for SAD sufferers. For light therapy to be effective it is suggested that you obtain 10,000 lux (light intensity) of full spectrum light for 20-40 minutes in the morning. For maximum comfort it is suggested that the light therapy unit provide a treatment range of at least 12”, allowing you to sit farther away from the light source.
For Patricia Hippie, a sufferer of SAD for the last 18 years, finding the BlueMax™ 70w Light Therapy Lamp was a godsend. In a letter written to Full Spectrum Solutions, Mrs. Hippie stated, "I found the BlueMax light therapy desk lamp last year and it has enabled me to finally live in St. Louis during the winter months in comfort."
During the winter months when the days are shorter and nights are longer, the lack of sunshine poses a threat to our sleep pattern, stress level and overall happiness. Call 888-574-7014 to speak with one of our lighting consultants about the best light therapy box for you, and familiarize yourself with the variety of features and options to help ensure that you buy a high-quality product that's safe and effective.