Have you found yourself experiencing tiredness and fatigue recently now that it’s officially the winter season? Well you can blame those time changes and nature’s lack of daylight for that lethargy! It has been scientifically shown that daylight helps battle the tiredness and depressive symptoms that are present this time of year. Daylight also helps to regulate and recalibrate the user’s natural body clock for jet lag and shift work. Shorter and less intense periods of sunlight on fall and winter days have an affect on serotonin (a brain chemical that regulates mood) and melatonin (a hormone that controls sleep). One way of treating this is through light therapy.
Light therapy is a practice of using a natural spectrum light that cues the body’s natural energy enhancers to reduce sluggishness. Light passes through the eye and travels to the retinohypothalmic path (near the optic nerve) to the pineal gland inside the brain. The pineal gland is responsible for the release of the hormones melatonin and serotonin. Naturally, the more light you are exposed to, the higher your melatonin and serotonin levels will be, making it easier for you to sleep at night and have an improvement in focus, concentration, and productivity. Light therapy is an approved treatment of S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder), a medically recognized type of depression that is triggered by a response to seasonal decreasing light levels. For example, you can find this in the hibernation cycles of animals. As the days grow shorter and there is less light, the desire to hibernate increases.
The HappyLight by Verilux is a sunshine supplement that closely replicates the balanced spectrum of natural sunlight. It consumes one-tenth the power of a comparable incandescent light bulb and is rated to last up to 8,000 hours without generating harmful UV rays and little heat. The HappyLight emits 10,000 lux (lux is the measurement of light and distance from light, the farther away from the light source the lower the lux). In comparison, 10,000 lux is like a cloudless summer day, 5,000 lux is an overcast winter day, and indoor lighting rarely exceeds 1,000 lux. Typical exposure of the HappyLight is 30 minutes per day, ideally in the morning after waking up. It is recommended that you limit your exposure to the light during evening hours. Light therapy varies depending on every user so please consult a doctor regarding medical history and any further questions.
Gross Electric carries different sizes and models of the HappyLite. To see which HappyLite is right for you, please visit one of our local showrooms and ask a lighting specialist for more information, or visit Verilux’s website online at: http://www.verilux.com/light-therapy-lamps/happylight-light-therapy/.