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Light Therapy Helps Prevent Colds

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Sunshine and Light Helps Prevent Colds! People who are frequently jet-lagged or work night shifts are especially prone to colds and other inflammatory diseases. The reason according to a new study, has to do with our circadian clock. The bodies natural response to light cues, which tells us when to wake up…

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Missing The Sunshine?

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Missing the Sunshine? Has all this rainy weather got you down? Are you feeling tired, sad, tearful, or depressed? Denissen et al. (2008) found that weather’s daily influence has more of an impact on a person’s negative mood, rather than helping one’s positive mood. Higher temperatures raise a person with a low…

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June Gloom Hits The West Coast & Makes You SAD

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June Gloom Is Back For The West Coast! Extremely annoying late spring to early summer weather phenomenon in coastal Southern California that causes relentless, damp, dreary, miserable weather with drizzle and fog for weeks without end at the beaches. It sometimes spreads into the mountains. This can shock tourists who come to…

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Light treatment improves sleep, depression, agitation in Alzheimer’s

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A new study suggests that light treatment tailored to increase circadian stimulation during the day may improve sleep, depression and agitation in people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. Results show that exposure to the tailored light treatment during daytime hours for four weeks significantly increased sleep quality, efficiency and total sleep…

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Spring Showers Can Bring Spring Depression

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Spring’s arrival puts most people in a pleasant mood, but there are some who experience the opposite feeling. For those suffering from seasonal depression or seasonal affective disorder (SAD), the longer days and warmer weather in the spring can actually send their bodies and emotions into a tailspin. In general, as the…

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Hospital room lighting may worsen patients’ mood, pain

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, Patients in an average hospital room are exposed to so little light during the day that their bodies cannot adopt a normal sleep-wake cycle, a small study suggests. Researchers found the lowest levels of daytime light exposure were tied to worse mood and more fatigue and pain among patients, compared to…

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The Most Depressing Day Of The Year

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It’s called the “Most Depressing Day of the Year.” It’s also a global day to call attention to the toll depression takes on our lives at work and at home and the costs to our economy. Why This Day? Blue Monday was created by Dr. Cliff Arnall, a researcher at University of…

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Winter Blues Get Serious!

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As the nation progresses further into the heart of winter with continuously cold and dark days, the season’s lack of light can induce changes in your mental stability. While occasional waves of sadness, or “winter blues,” are not necessarily uncommon during the winter months, these instances can snowball into a more serious…

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Seasonal Affective Disorder and the Winter Blues

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It’s 30 years since the term seasonal affective disorder (SAD) was first used to describe winter depression. Is it overused today? In 1984 psychiatrist Norman Rosenthal first used a term that changed the way people thought about winter. Seasonal affective disorder describes a type of depression with a seasonal pattern, usually occurring…

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Light Therapy Helps Chronic Mood Disorders, Too

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Researchers suspect that seasonal affective disorder, first reported in 1984, has something to do with circadian rhythms thrown off by short, dark days. At first, Vox reports, scientists connected SAD to excessive production of melatonin; now they think it has more to do with the mismatch of melatonin production and sleep schedules….

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