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Anyone got a 'SAD' light lamp? If so, does it have an effect?

(19 Posts)
SecondhandRose Wed 21-Nov-12 08:19:02

Thanks, have been looking at them but it seems to be a £50 gamble.

twirlyagogo Wed 21-Nov-12 08:20:27

I've got one. I'd have been better buying a big box of Twirls.

TheOneWithTheHair Wed 21-Nov-12 08:23:39

I've been thinking about one too. I take vitamin D tablets but they don't really seem to help. A couple of weeks ago I made myself go for a long walk and it seemed to buck me up all week. That's the best I can suggest. Hope you are ok SecondhandRose.

SecondhandRose Wed 21-Nov-12 20:17:14

Yes thanks, it was so dark this morning and it made me Google them but I couldnt decided about buying one.

hairytale Wed 21-Nov-12 22:07:26

I have one. A proper SAD light works absolute wonddrs if used properly.

AKissIsNotAContract Wed 21-Nov-12 22:09:19

I've got one and I find it useful. I'd like to buy a big box of twirls to eat while I sit under my lamp.

GeordieCherry Wed 21-Nov-12 22:15:17

I have a Lumie alarm clock that mimics sun rise. It's brilliant. Before pg I used to go on a sunbed a few times a week. Get outside for as long as you can each day & eat food with tryptophan in. Hope you feel better smile

ophelia275 Thu 22-Nov-12 19:06:21

I have not got a SAD lamp but there is a nice little computer programme you can download which changes the resolution of your computer screen so that in the evenings it is not harsh light. I have found it has helped my mood a lot.

This is it;

ophelia275 Thu 22-Nov-12 19:07:00

Sorry, active link;

PlentyOfPubeGardens Sun 30-Dec-12 09:33:05

Hi Secondhand, did you get a lamp in the end?

I just bought this one and am on day 1 with it at the moment. I'll let you know how I get on.

Jahan Sun 30-Dec-12 09:37:10

Try vitamin d in liquid form too.

PlentyOfPubeGardens Sun 30-Dec-12 09:51:00

I'm on cod liver oil at the moment. Is liquid vit d supposed to be better?

Jahan Sun 30-Dec-12 10:16:22

I think any supplements in liquid form are better absorbed by the body.
It's worth a go. As well as getting out as often as you can.

Jahan Sun 30-Dec-12 10:19:03

Vitamin d deficiency can cause low moods. There's been a lot in the media about how many of us are deficient due to lack of sun in the uk plus the use of lots of sun screen blocking out what little sun we get.

PlentyOfPubeGardens Sun 30-Dec-12 10:47:46

Yes, it's a bit of a vicious circle - I feel low so don't feel like going out, so get less light, so feel lower ... However, it's glorious sunshine here just now so we're wrapping up and dragging ourselves out for a walk.

snowshapes Sun 30-Dec-12 21:09:04

I have used a huge lightbox for about 10 years, October to March, and swear by it. It is in my office and I just ordered a mini one on Amazon for the house as felt so yuk over Christmas. It was £24.99 reduced from £60. The mini one is great, I would recommend totally.

LaCiccolina Sun 30-Dec-12 21:15:04

I've got one. Dh and I used it as an alarm clock. I liked it and found it calming. Dh didn't seem keen. Use it with dd now as count down to bed while her bottle is drunk. Seems to work quite well....

HellesBelles396 Wed 02-Jan-13 20:42:04

I have a lumie. It is a big investment but, for me, totally worth it.
I have mine plugged into a timer that switches it on 30mins before my alarm goes off. Since getting it, I have found it easier to get up BUT i'm still not jumping out of bed like a gazelle. I am, however, getting up every morning and coping a hit better.

I suppose the question is, do you generally feel better for getting out into the sun (such as it is)? If you do, it might be worth while.

TheLoneRanger Wed 02-Jan-13 20:44:35

Watching this with interest. Not sure if I will ever jump out of bed like a gazelle.

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