Thursday, 11 December 2008
SAD Therapy- Is Light Therapy Effective ?
Genetics and age seem to play a role in selecting SAD sufferers. Generally though, women seem to suffer more than men (four times as likely) and it usually begins to affect people at a fairly early age (early twenties).
Needless to say, light and especially sunlight are crucial for our biological rhythms- so that waking and sleeping are dependant on the amount of light available. It is when this pattern is disturbed or affected (eg shorter days in the fall) then some people are liable to suffer from depression, insomnia, irritability and overeating. The same thing happens when our body rhythms are disturbed during a long flight and will produce similar symptoms although fortunately it is short lived but can ruin a holiday or a business trip very often.
SAD THERAPY SURVIVAL GUIDE