Although the exact causes of seasonal depression are unclear, research suggests that those with the condition may overproduce melatonin, a sleep-regulating hormone, making them more lethargic. Other theories point to a lack of vitamin D (aka "sun vitamin") or low levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which helps regulate your mood. (Try these 15 surprising ways to get more vitamin D.) But one thing is for sure: light therapy can help stabilize your hormones and do wonders for your mood at this time of year.
Enter Verilux HappyLight Liberty 5K Energy Lamp. This sleek device mimics the full spectrum sunlight, emitting an intensity of 5,000 LUX, and comes with an energy saving and cold burning bulb. The small size of the lamp (only 6 "x 7" x 3 ") makes it perfect for placing on an end table or desk, whether at home or at the office.Turn it on first time in the morning or when you work to lighten your mood. (You can also check out these 7 light therapy lamps recommended by the user.)
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If you suffer from winter blues, the National Institute of Mental Health recommends sitting in front of a light fixture for 20 to 60 minutes every morning in the fall until spring.Because the JoyLight Liberty 5K produces 5,000 LUXs rather than 10,000 lux of more powerful and expensive light therapies, you can benefit from a longer session or two shorter AM sessions. (Avoid using your lamp at night, as this may t disturb your sleep.)
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A satisfied commentator of this lamp says that its compact size makes it stand out: "It's not too much great to fit in an office, but not too small [so] that if it is three feet or more from you, you can still feel the effects of it. "Not only is this HappyLight lamp more portable than many other light therapy devices, but it is also much cheaper. Although the 5,000 LUX lamp can not help people with serious SAD disorders, for only $ 40, "you can see if you're feeling positive before deciding to upgrade to 10,000 lux SAD lighting. ". 19659002] If you're in a funk while the winter days are lingering, this little device can be exactly what you need to boost your productivity. Otherwise, Verilux offers a risk-free guarantee, so you can return the lamp within 30 days for a full refund. Buy it now on Jet.com.