Full Spectrum Lighting Buying Guide
Have you ever heard of the winter blues? Is it so cold and dreary out that you would be happy to hibernate until spring ? You may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD, and that acronym is no coincidence! SAD is a mood disorder that can occur in normal, healthy individuals during the winter, when they are exposed to smaller amounts of natural light. This can cause everything from depression to irritability, sleepiness and starchy food cravings. Luckily, full spectrum light bulbs, lamps and boxes may be the solution to your winter woes, and the same goes for shift workers with shaky body clocks , sufferers of jet lag and insomniacs. Full spectrum light produces serotonin in the brain, which is needed to produce feelings of pleasure. It also suppresses the hibernation hormone, melatonin, which often forces us to conserve energy and sleep. Suppressing melatonin during the day will lengthen the amount of time your body is active, allowing you to sleep better at night.
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