Tip Sheet from the Sunbox Company - Shorter Days and Colder Temperatures Can Affect Your Mood and Sleep

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Autumn is here, and the days are getting shorter and we lose Daylight Savings Time this weekend! If you find you’re struggling to get work done, feel sluggish, snacking more; then you may be experiencing the onset of winter blahs — and those could lead to Seasonal Affective Disorder - SAD. Has your doctor ever asked how much light you get? I bet not. Our eyes regulate our body clock and decreasing daylight levels can cause adverse effects on our health.

It’s all about light… or the lack of it. When the days get shorter, we experience less sunlight and that can affect our mood. Stress and genetics also play a role in depression. Studies have shown that those who notice the shorter days, may start feeling anxious, depressed, irritable and tired. You may also start eating more and gaining weight.

3 ways to stay cheerful and healthy are:
1. Get some light at work or home
The shortest path to quick relief from SAD is get a SunBox 10,000 lux light therapy unit to use for 15-30 minutes in the morning. Open the blinds and trim shrubs in front of your windows to maximize natural sunlight.
2. Put a timer or dawn simulator on your bedside lamp
Studies show that having your bedroom light gradually come on a half hour before you need to get up can jump start your body clock to wake up easier. This is great for school kids and adults that need to get up early. No more bashing the snooze button getting up in the morning.
3. Take a walk outside
Walking for 20-30 minutes has proven health benefits. Being outdoors especially in the bright morning can boost your mood and keep those unwanted pounds off.

Those of us who suffer from winter depression actually experience the first signs of it just as autumn sets in. You have more control than you think when it comes to preventing seasonal mood changes.

Using a SunBox tricks the user's brain into producing summertime levels of hormones; which regulate sleep, appetite, mood, and energy. Studies published in the Archives of General Psychiatry show that morning exposure to bright light is highly effective in minimizing symptoms of winter blahs and SAD.

About Sunbox Company:
201 Broadway St. Suite B Frederick, MD 21701
Toll Free: 1-800-548-3968 Phone: (301)869-5980 Fax: (301)977-2281
Email: sunbox(at)sunbox(dot)com Website: http://www.sunbox.com

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