A ray of hope for the dark winter days

Ein Lichtblick für die dunklen Wintertage

Winter is back and with it the dark days that leave many of us feeling tired and drained. But for some people, this means more than just the winter blues - they suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as fall-winter depression. In this blog post we take a look at the causes, symptoms and, above all, the miracle solution, light therapy.

SAD: When the darkness spoils the mood

SAD is a depressive disorder that manifests itself in the fall and winter and subsides in the spring and summer. Classic depression symptoms such as low mood and loss of drive are accompanied by atypical features such as cravings for carbohydrates and weight gain. However, it is important to emphasize that not everyone who feels tired and drained in winter is suffering from SAD. If you suspect something, you should always consult a doctor.

Prevalence of SAD and what role light plays in it

The prevalence of SAD varies between 1% and 10%, with northern regions having a higher prevalence. In Germany, around 2.5% of the population is affected. The onset of depressive episodes in autumn/winter is associated with the decline in hours of sunshine. Because as we already know: a lack of light can negatively affect the circadian rhythm as well as the hormone and neurotransmitter balance. Studies show that the dreary, dark weather in the fall and winter months affects mood. Here, the happiness hormone serotonin is not produced enough due to the lack of sunlight.

Unfortunately we cannot influence the weather. So do we have to put up with the winter depression? The answer is: no!

The ray of hope

An innovative and scientifically proven treatment option for SAD is so-called light therapy. Particularly high light intensities are recommended here, which you should preferably expose yourself to immediately after getting up in the morning.

Doctors recommend intensities of real daylight here. Either through a morning walk of around 1-2 hours and an unobstructed view of the horizon. Alternatively, particularly strong daylight lights, with cool "full spectrum light" at 5,000K and above. These also have a daylight effect of 10,000 lux.

There are various solutions for this. Starting with special light rooms and medical light therapy devices through to universally applicable daylight lights and head-mounted units.

The HEAVN One also offers such a strong daylight effect. In addition to the extremely strong desk lighting and the bright ceiling spotlight, a special light shower can be switched on for this purpose. This means you can adjust the light as needed and positively influence your mood. No matter which concept: Continuous use in the winter months is crucial to prevent the winter blues or depressive symptoms and to get through the winter more comfortably.

Short and sweet

Winter brings not only cold but also the challenge of fall-winter depression (SAD). Around 2.5% of the German population is affected. The connection between the decline in sunshine hours and depressive episodes is well known, so why not do something about it?

The solution is provided by special lights that have a daylight effect of 10,000 lux. By using a daily light shower you can alleviate or even eliminate the winter blues and depressive symptoms. Appropriate light can provide a pleasant path through the dark season.

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