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Written by Serena Berger
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Do you realize that lighting has serious health benefits when executed well within your home? As much as a quarter of the population may suffer from SAD, which stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder. SAD is a kind of depression that can hit during the autumn and winter months when you don't get as much daylight as you do during the summer. While some people think that this is not an "official illness," doctors state emphatically that it is, and it is proven to have serious consequences.

Lovely Lamps to Treat SAD

People with SAD experience fatigue and lack of energy. Sometimes they want to sleep more than usual. Some people gain weight and experience unhealthy cravings for carbs and sweets. People with SAD may become irritable and extremely sensitive, as well.

The best advice doctors have if you can't get a winter home closer to the equator? Get a couple more lamps and try light therapy! Light therapy recreates the effect of a day lit sky, often using a special kind of bulb, so that people who don't get enough real daylight get the next best thing. The artificial light can actually trigger the biochemical responses in the brain that get you out of your depression.

If you don't have much money, you don't have to get a fancy lamp. If you have a bit to spare, however, why not beautify your living space at the same time as preparing your light therapy? A beautiful chandelier, a couple of decorative wall sconces, and a table lamp with a Tiffany style shade can all serve as an instant pick-me-up every time you go into a room.


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