Since learning of SAD and the apparent role that light plays in its onset, I decided to invest in a SAD light. Before I get into my experiences with SAD lights, I would like to note a caveat that if you are struggling to cope with SAD, it is really important to book in with your GP. My own experience with SAD is mild and manageable, so I felt as though helping boost my daily exposure to light was worth a shot.
The theory goes that investing in a lamp that simulates the sort of bright sunshine you might expect on a summer’s day can help trick your brain into reducing its melatonin production and boosting the production of serotonin. Plus, there are also alarm clocks that mimic a natural sunrise (and sunset) to help get that circadian rhythm back on track.
For the past two years, I have had a SAD lamp stationed on my desk (or wherever I am working) every day throughout autumn and winter. I also have a sunrise and sunset alarm clock from Lumie. Since investing in these two products, I have found it far easier to get to sleep and wake up in the mornings and have also noted a dramatic improvement in my productivity and mood throughout the day.
So if you’re anything like me and struggle with your mood and motivation during winter, keep scrolling for the SAD lights and alarm clocks that might help.