With the bulk of winter behind us, I feel like I can adequately judge the effects of using my sun lamp all winter. Click here to read my earlier post about it and here for an introduction to it.
Overall, I have to say that I am quite pleased with my results. The tiredness and deep ache that I would get in the winter wasn’t around this year. I remember trying to sit in the afternoon sun in years past, to soak in some vitamin D, but I didn’t need to do that this year. Even though some days I could only use the lamp for 20 minutes in the morning, I still benefitted from its effects.
So, even though I give this sun lamp a HUGE thumbs up, I must point out a few variables that may have affected my results. They are:
As a result of these warmer temperatures, I was out for walks on occasion; however, at most I went on ten walks. Contrasting last year, when my children used all five snow/cold days for school, none have been used this year. The coldest days we had were a few days in the single digits, with wind chills around -15. We usually have several single digit days. Plus, not having as much snow was a wonderful gift for us. I was thrilled!
Obviously our milder winter did affect my mood in a positive way. Having less snow to shovel, less snow to drive in, and warmer temperatures, my mood was improved. However, I do think the sun lamp had a large effect on me. Even during the worst of winter, I still wasn’t as depressed or fatigued as I normally would be. I sat in front of my lamp every morning and I believe it made a big difference.
I would encourage anyone who thinks they are affected by any degree of seasonal affective disorder, to purchase a sun lamp. My lamp has 108 LED lights with a UV shield, and emits 10,000 lux, which is the maximum amount available. I know there are some lights that are not as powerful, but if you can, spend the extra money for a quality lamp that you can use year after year.
Your mental health will thank you for it.
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