Nearly 1 in 3 People Affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

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Nearly 1 in 3 People Affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

A recent article in the Independent cited several sources who claim that as many as 1 in 3 people in the U.K. are affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD.

According to the study by The Weather Channel and YouGov, 29 per cent of adults experience symptoms of SAD at this time of year, with 8% suffering acute symptoms. More than half (57%) say “their overall mood is worse in the winter season compared to the summer season, highlighting the strong links between the weather and wellbeing”. Another 40 per cent of people suffer from fatigue during the winter months.

The Science Behind Circadian Rhythm Balance

State-of-the-art science is now reporting what many have understood since the beginning of time…the sun is a life giving resource. Many ancient civilizations worshiped the sun based on what it provides; warmth, food and light. Now science has been validating other more direct impacts to society’s health and wellness. There are 3 major areas of known impact the sun has on the human body’s physiological operation:

  1. Circadian Rhythm balance
    • Sleep / Wake, Melatonin / Serotonin respectively hormone regulation
    • Cognitive functioning, metabolism, alertness, focus, energy, productivity and mood among many other things
  2. Vitamin D production
  3. Vision and color rendering

This article and many others focus on the Circadian Rhythm and the ripple impact that its mismanagement has on a variety of physiological operations within the human body. Since the “dawn” (pun intended) of the industrial revolution some 200 years ago, society has rapidly evolved to spending the majority of its day indoors and out of the sun’s beneficial rays. The impacts are growing more and more extreme as sunlight deprivation becomes more the norm. Many studies have drawn correlations between the increased incidents of depression, type 2 diabetes and obesity to the lack of sunlight.

Bringing the Benefits of Sunlight Indoor

Science is fundamentally based in logic and when individuals are asked whether they feel “better” on a bright, sunny day or a rain filled, dreary day the response is almost always sun. Logically that makes sense based on human physiology! So what can society do to reverse the trending “new normal” that is, slower metabolism, reduced cognitive functioning, focus and mood resulting in reduced health, wellness and productivity because of the indoor migration? Creating outdoor office space would be ideal…albeit impractical. Perhaps building facilities without roofs? Or simply bringing sunlight indoors?

Seasonal Affective Disorder sufferers have been able to successfully treat their conditions with the use of light therapy for almost 30 years. Recent reports such as this one by Shadab Rahman, PhD. from Brigham & Women’s hospital, show how similar benefits can be realized by virtually all those that are sunlight deprived during the day. Again, logic applies as the known effective color is not so coincidentally the color of a bright sunlit sky or “sky blue”.

The answer is, bring a lamp that delivers the effective sky blue color indoors and the world becomes a far better place! Sun LifeLight has such a product that is interactively app controlled to deliver the most effective amount of sunlight for each individual’s maximum benefit while continuously learning for peak performance.

Don’t let the impending loss of Daylight Savings Time or any time spent out of the sun impact your mood or productivity any more. Buy a LifeLight and bring the sun back into your life!

By | 2014-11-13T14:43:27+00:00 November 13th, 2014|News|0 Comments

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