SAD Light Therapy
As the days grow shorter in the fall, many people find the reduction in hours of sunlight takes a toll on their mood. In severe cases this change may indicate the presence of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a condition which affects 2-3% of Canadians. Symptoms can range from a simple lack of motivation or a change in eating habits to suicidal ideation & behaviour in extreme cases.
This is a form of depression and should not be taken lightly. Seeking professional help is a great idea – start with your family doctor. There are also a number of ways you may be able to help yourself, including improving your diet, increasing exercise, taking vitamin supplements, and attending support groups to name a few.
In many cases, the symptoms of SAD can be treated with light therapy. Please note the lights are definitely NOT recommended if you have conditions such as glaucoma or cataracts. Caution is also advised for users with Bipolar Affective Disorder because this therapy has been known to trigger manic episodes. All in all, it is strongly advised that you consult with a doctor before using this form of treatment.
The fixtures generally recommended for this purpose are full-spectrum fluorescent lights with a brightness measured as 10,000 Lux. The recommended usage is to sit approximately 18″ (46cm) from the light, positioned such that the light can enter your eyes but without staring directly at it, for 20-30 minutes in the morning. Therapeutic effects can often be felt within 1 week. However, many people find the light does not alleviate their symptoms at all. Hence, it can be very worthwhile trying a light out as much as possible before investing in one.
SAD Light Rental or Purchase
For more information please contact our office at 204-786-0987, Monday through Friday, 9 am – 4 pm
More details on the Daylight Classic light can be found here .
Lights can be rented month-to-month for $20 per month. A $40.00 damage deposit is also required in addition to the first month rental fee. The damage deposit is returnable once the light is returned and deemed in good condition, with no missing parts. Late return fees may apply.
Please note: Once the light has been returned, the amount paid does not carry over to a future rental or purchase.
The lights can also be purchased outright for $200.00 (there is no tax on this product). Shipping within Manitoba can be arranged, at the buyer’s expense.
To rent or purchase a light, stop in at our office at 100 – 4 Fort Street, Monday through Friday, 9 am – 4 pm. Payments can be made by cash, debit, MasterCard or Visa.