Here in Portland, our winter days are short, dark, and dreary. Some days there’s as little as 9 hours of sunlight and that’s if we’re lucky enough to not have a sky full of gray clouds. Short days and dark skies can play a serious role in how you feel. Some people are more affected than others and the changing seasons can cause feelings of depression, anxiety, and lethargy.
If you’re affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), find out more about the causes, effects, and how you can fight the winter blues at Lux Tan & Cryotherapy.
What is seasonal affective disorder (SAD)?
Do you find yourself dealing with a lack of energy and feelings of seasonal depression following the end of summer? If so, you might be one of the 20% of people affected by seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
The low light of winter leads to chemical imbalances in the body and the brain. This results in hormonal and vitamin imbalances in the body, including:
What are the symptoms of SAD?
SAD is more than just another name for the winter blues. People in Portland who are affected by seasonal affective disorder report a variety of SAD symptoms, including:
As the days get shorter and winter darkness descends, keep an eye out for any of these symptoms. If you notice a change in how you feel, it can be fixed with treatment.
Don’t think SAD is something you have to live with.
How can SAD affect me?
Left untreated, SAD can cause profound negative effects on your life. The symptoms can increase feelings of depression, affect your physical condition, and lead to general unhappiness and feelings of unrest in your life.
Am I at risk of SAD?
Besides living in the Pacific Northwest, there are other factors that might increase your likelihood of SAD.
Family history is a major risk factor. If your parents or other close relatives have been diagnosed in the past, you’re more at risk yourself. If you’ve been diagnosed with bipolar disorder or have suffered from major depressive episodes in your life, SAD can be serious and can compound the effects of these disorders.
Interestingly, women are much more likely than men to be diagnosed with SAD. The reasons for this are unclear but it is something to be aware of.
Minimizing the effects of SAD
As we said earlier, SAD is not incurable. Those affected with SAD are often encouraged to:
Using Red Light Therapy to fight SAD
In recent years, people have become more aware of new way to fight SAD: Red Light Therapy. Similar to an at-home lightbox, only more powerful, Red Light Therapy is a fast and powerful treatment. It can increase the production of ATP in the body, accelerate healing, and give your body the boost it needs to fight the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder.
The research is there — how Red Light Therapy can help you.
Other uses for Red Light Therapy
Beyond treating SAD, Red Light Therapy is a very powerful and versatile restorative treatment. At Lux Tan & Cryotherapy, we help people use Red Light Therapy to:
Red Light Therapy treatments take under 20 minutes and produce results in as little as one treatment session. Red Light Therapy is NOT tanning and will not change the tone of your skin. Instead, it penetrates deeply to boost circulation, increase the flow of nutrients in your body, and stimulate cells and chemical processes within your body.
It’s a great option for anyone who wants to look and feel better fast.
Try it yourself.
If you’re feeling the effects of SAD, you owe it to yourself to give Red Light Therapy a try. Find a Lux Tan location near you and schedule your first appointment today. Have questions? Contact us online for more information.
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