Got Cabin Fever and the Winter Blues?
“If you’re trapped indoors by bad weather and feeling unexplained fatigue, irritability and sadness, you aren’t alone,” states Neal Owens of Frederick County MD, citing a U.S. Public Health Service report indicating that one in five people feel worse in winter. Owens participated in the N.I.H. clinical research.
“Loss of energy and low mood, accompanied by changes in sleeping and eating habits, and sudden weight gain may signal the medical condition Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD,” says Owens, diagnosed with SAD of 35 years ago. “Winter can rob SAD sufferers of energy, enthusiasm, appetite control, and sex drive. But treatments exist to help these people gain control of how they feel in winter.”
Owens owns The SunBox Company and he combats seasonal blahs by sitting for twenty minutes each day in front of his invention, the SunBox®, a special lamp which gives off light 10-20 times brighter than regular indoor light. Daily use of special non-UV bright lights like those sold by Owens’ The SunBox Company can reverse, or at least minimize, the effects of winter.
The SunBox Company, founded in 1985, is the original manufacturer of bright light devices for SAD, and offers a variety of light boxes; including a light visor, both help alleviate SAD symptoms.
Studies published in the Archives of General Psychiatry show that morning exposure to bright light is highly effective in minimizing symptoms for patients fitting the clinical profile for SAD, and produces only mild, transient side effects in some. The SunBox tricks the user’s brain into producing summertime levels of hormones, which regulate sleep, appetite, mood, and energy.
“This winter is horrible! It’s hard to get up in the morning. I have uncontrollable food cravings, gained weight, feel grumpy, and have I less energy – as if my brain was running on low batteries,” states Owens. “Now, using my SunBox, I feel more energetic, less irritable, and optimistic even on these cold gloomy winter days.”Tags: bright light therapy, SAD, SAD symptoms, SAD treatment, seasonal affective disorder, Winter Depression, winter depression treatment