Do you have the winter blues? Shoppers love this £18 SAD desk lamp that boosts their mood, reduces eye strain AND combats tiredness
If you get depressed in winter and suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), you’ve probably been recommended to try a medical certified SAD lamp to help ease symptoms.
SAD, which is thought to affect tens of thousands of people in the UK each winter, is a type of depression related to changes in seasons and is often linked to reduced exposure to sunlight.
And it has been said light therapy boxes offer relief easing symptoms and increasing energy levels. One affordable SAD light, which has quickly earned the top spot, has been declared ‘a must for SAD symptoms’ by shoppers. And its popularity isn’t going anywhere in the new year as we try to fight those January blues.
SAD which is thought to affect tens of thousands of people in the UK each winter, is a type of depression related to changes in seasons and is often linked to reduced exposure to sunlight
Even better, the TaoTronics Light Therapy Lamp which was originally priced at £32.99, can be snapped up for an affordable £17.99 by applying the £15 voucher (discount at checkout).
The TaoTronics Light Therapy Lamp is tablet-sized light that helps manage SAD symptoms thanks to an impressive 10,000 lux – approximately 20 times greater than the light output generated by most indoor lighting – allowing you to enjoy sunlight simulation during the darkest of days.
Who can use light therapy?
Most people can use light therapy safely. The recommended light boxes have filters that remove harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, so there’s no risk of skin or eye damage for most people.
However, exposure to very bright light may not be suitable if you:
- Have an eye condition or eye damage that makes your eyes particularly sensitive to light.
- Are taking medication that increases your sensitivity to light, such as certain antibiotics and antipsychotics, or the herbal supplement St John’s Wort.
Speak to a GP if you’re unsure about the suitability of a particular product.
Plus, with so many of us working from home and getting outside less, the slim and compact light therapy lamp can be placed on your desk to give your work-from-home setup a major upgrade, impacting your energy levels and productivity.
‘I previously had a Lumie alarm clock; it stopped working (twice) and they’re expensive to repair/replace’, explained one shopper. ‘I found it helped in the mornings and, when it died, I started sleeping with the curtains open – a double-edged sword solution.
‘Now, it’s getting to the time of year when the mornings are starting to get dull. And, working from home, provides the opportunity to sit down and use a therapy lamp to simulate the missing daylight. And, this does a great job of that.
Stick it on, optionally put a time limit (10-60 minutes), use one of three brightness levels (start on the lowest and periodically increase it). I find using this kind of light can help alleviate the strain on the eyes from staring at a screen all day.’
‘My mother suffers from winter blues, but this winter is worse during the cold dark nights during the pandemic lockdown’, another wrote. ‘She has found the therapy light very uplifting and gives her this extra boost of energy which she never used to have in winter.’
A third agreed adding: ‘Brilliant really helped me. I used this for 20 mins full brightness for a week, felt brilliant, really positive and energy. Then forgot for three days and felt exhausted, cold and low on 4th day. A must for sad symptoms.’
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