4 Best Therapy Lights To Beat Winter Blues Syndrome

Today you will learn how you can beat Winter blues syndrome with the best therapy lights available to be prepared for the winter which comes quite fast.

Many people suffer from depression, especially during cold months. Although this post is about how to beat winter blues, seasonal depression can strike at any time.

There are those who have odd work shifts who don’t really get to see the sun, they could also benefit from these therapy lights.

Seasonal depression usually develops in a person when they’re in their early 20s, as they get older the risk decreases. 

But really who wants to suffer this type of depression at all?

As winter approaches at least 10 to 20%, begin to suffer from mild symptoms.

Many people during this phase crave comfort foods which include simple carbs such as pasta, bread, and sugar.

This type of food induces fatigue as well as irritability.

Some say this is the cause of seasonal blues, but in my experience of working with people, not only is food a cause but also the lack of light.

Personally myself I love it when the sun is out. It’s so much brighter; I instantly want to go outside to enjoy the daylight. 

I usually order my therapy lights around this time. 

I have many clients who prefer these therapy lights to help them get through their day. 

The best therapy lights are the lights which induce warmth as well comfort.

What is winter blues syndrome?

Winter blues syndrome also known as seasonal affective disorder usually strikes around the middle of autumn. This is when the days grow shorter, night start to fall faster.

Some people are susceptible to the dark. When darkness falls faster, our body says we should be resting, but the time on the clock says we should be doing other things.

This type of depression appears only at certain times of the years. It also runs in the families.

The symptoms of winter blues syndrome are:

  • Feel like sleeping all the time
  • Tired all the time
  • Eating more sugary, starchy foods
  • Gaining weight
  • Feeling sad or guilty
  • Hopelessness will ever get better
  • Very irritable
  • Avoiding people or activity, you used to enjoy
  • Being stressed out

Why should you use the best therapy lights to beat the winter blues?

Light therapy has been proven effective for people who suffer from seasonal affective disorder a.k.a. Winter blues syndrome.

The intense artificial light induces a change of chemicals to the brain which helps to improve the mood and relieve the symptoms.

At least 60 to 80% of people find relief with therapy lights.

Some of the best therapy lights can be used at work as well in a home environment.

Reasons to use therapy lights:

  • Therapy lights are safe
  • You wish to avoid antidepressant
  • Therapy lights help to lower the dose of antidepressant medication

How to use therapy lights?

First thing I want to mention is to make sure your therapy light is 10,000 lux.

  1. During light therapy try to keep a regular sleeping schedule
  2. The light box should be placed on a table by a chair where you can relax comfortably
  3. For the effects to occur, make sure your eyes are open at all times but don’t stare directly at the late 
  4. Do light therapy upon awakening in the morning
  5. Begin with 30 minutes per day 
  6. If desired you can also start doing light therapy in the evening
  7. Light therapy response usually takes 3 to 4 days, begin as soon as you notice any tinge of sadness
  8. The most important thing is to be consistent
  9. People who have Bipolar disorder are suggested not to use light therapy

The risks of therapy lights are:

Light therapy is generally considered very safe. Some side effects have occurred in my clients. They are usually mild and don’t last too long.

  • May cause headaches
  • Eyestrain
  • Induce agitation
  • Nausea/vomiting

Now onto the best therapy lights for Winter blues Syndrome

Cicadian Optics Lumine Light Therapy

It’s a straightforward and modern design. Due to the way, it’s designed it will basically fit anywhere. 

It has a pure white color which is designed reflect as the sun would at noontime. It has three adjustable settings for brightness. 

But I really like is that it filters out 99.9% of UV rays which will help to protect your eyes.

The led bulbs Lifespan is 50,000 hours. Which means you will not have to replace them for a while.

Most people love this light because it is compact, sleek and lightweight. 

Carex Day-Light Classic Plus

What I really like about this design is that the surface area of the screen is quite nice and large.

The design may not be so great, but 14 inches means you can sit away from the light at 14 inches and yet still get the desired effect. 

Because the surface areas more substantial than standard lights you can move your head in a natural rhythm without worrying about losing contact with the light.

You can read, write or even use your computer while you are getting your 30 minutes.

Beurer Infrared Light Therapy

This is a slim design, and the illumination area of this is 4.7 – 7.9 inches which is excellent for the coverage it provides.

I like that this light provides a color temperature which is a great help in how you want your light to shine on. It’s perfect for home and office.

You can clip it easily to your desk which means you won’t have to worry about it accidentally tipping over.

It includes a bag to protect the L.E.D screen.

 

Sphere Gadget Technologies LightPhoria

Most therapy lights emit white light, but some people prefer blue light. The common belief is that blue light helps energize a person. 

So if you are a person who is lacking in energy, this may the light you are looking for.

This light has five intensity settings to choose from while filtering out the harmful UV rays. 

It has been successfully reviewed as offering the same qualities as white light.

Due to its portability design, you will be able to take it with you anywhere you wish. 

In my opinion, these are the best therapy lights available right now to beat winter blues syndrome.

Drop me a comment below on your thoughts about how to overcome winter blues syndrome.

18 thoughts on “4 Best Therapy Lights To Beat Winter Blues Syndrome”

  1. Hi Jagi,
    I definitely suffer from winter blues or seasonal affective disorder. We have pretty long cold winters here and it just gets to be a drag after a few months. With a few new supplements this year I was able to fare much better but still wasn’t perfect. These lights look awesome! I have heard about them but really didn’t know much about them until I read this. I think that this might just be what I need to beat the winter blues! What a great invention. I’m definitely going to look into getting one. Thank you!

    1. Winter blues syndrome affects many people as most of are always looking forward to going outside. I myself enjoy having therapy lights in my home, it helps kick start the day. Thank you for your comment.

  2. This article immediately caught my attention!

    I used to live in a country with long and dark winter days, and that really can affect your mood and well-being when you don’t see the sun in days.

    I have heard of these devices for light therapy, but I have never really seen one.

    I probably won’t any time soon since I live on the sunny Mississippi Gulf Coast!

    This kind of therapy is actually a great idea, better than having to take medication.

    Personally, I go out to enjoy the daylight whenever I can, since I work in an area with no windows and lots of artificial light. In my lunch break, even if the sun is not out, I step outside because I know how vital vitamin D is for my body.

    By the way, your website has lots of interesting articles I will read.

    Cheers,
    Andrea

  3. Very interesting, very informative. It’s always nice to have a little help during those long winter months. I often got sadder during the winter. I like your point about how lights can help with your mood, I might need to fill my house with this  beurer infrared light therapy so I can adjust. I also like the fact that this light provides a colour temperature which will be of great help on how we want the light to shine. Thanks for sharing this!

    1. Glad you enjoyed the article. Wishing you much happiness for months to come. Thank you for your comment.

  4. I absolutely love this insightful article because it is full of great information. This is fascinating and interesting to me.this article explains winter blue syndrome ,the symptoms and the best therapy to beat the winter syndrome. I felt depressed during winter. Carex Day-Light Classic Plus is my choice for it’s 14″ far effectiveness.,the price is pocket friendly. this article went deep on winter syndrome and ways to overcome it. Thanks for the insight and information 

  5. I had one of my niece go through such depression one time and it was not a funny one as she would oreffer to sleep than go out most of the time. Initially we thought it to be normal not until it was consistent. She was able to get over it because her family and friends had to come together and made sure they were always around her, draged her out for events and all. I’m sure the light therapy could have been much more easier only if we had known better. Still, thanks for the info

  6. I really feel like I need something like this. You said to do the light therapy upon awakening in the morning, do you think it would matter if the light therapy was done in the afternoon? I work midnights, that is why I think I could use some light therapy, and I am not even awake until the afternoon. I am not out in the light much because I do sleep so much of the day away. I do not know why I never thought of this before, I think it would be great for people working nights too.

    1. I’ve had some clients who do light therapy in the evening. They have said it works well for them. Thank you for your comment.

  7. Very informative article. I did not realize that seasonal effective disorder ran in families. So this was very helpful to me to find out. Now what in your experience has been the difference between blue light and white light therapy? Is there an increase in energy? Or is it faster in the way that it helps with your depression? 

    1. Yes, it does run in families, unfortunately. The white light therapy helps to be able to function without depression, the blue light therapy energizes a person to get going on their day. Thank you for your comment.

  8. Hello,

    Nice information you’ve put up here, I actually didn’t know there was anything as winter blues. I know I do feel lethargic when the night becomes longer, seemed like a normal cycle of life. 

    I like the idea of light therapy, I will try it out. Can I engage in light therapy and still work on my computer, would it work that way?

    1. Yes, you can use light therapy even while working on your computer. It will do what it’s supposed to do. Thank you for your comment.

  9. Hi Jagi! I have heard that this type of depression usually is caused by the poor selection of foods during the cold months. But I had never heard it could also be caused by the lack of light. That’s really interesting.

    Among the risks of therapy lights are headaches. Which one of these 4 therapy lights would you recommend for somebody that frequently suffers of headaches? Would Beurer Infrared Light be a good option due to its color temperature light?

    1. I would say the best one would be Sphere Gadget Technologies LightPhoria as this has a more gentle color which is easier on the eyes which is usually what causes the headache. Thank you for your comment.

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