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There are three main variables to consider when choosing a light box for S.A.D. and these will determine which box is best for you:
Our light boxes are all available VAT exempt. If you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder and are either renting or purchasing a light box VAT exempt you will be asked to read and confirm the terms at the Check Out. This is your declaration and does not need to be confirmed by a medical practitioner.
Though S.A.D. can affect people differently and to varying degrees there are certain symptoms that typify Seasonal Affective Disorder:
M.E. has similar symptoms to S.A.D. and a light box can be very helpful to sufferers. Extreme fatigue is one symptom of M.E. and sufferers often feel worse during the winter months. Lethargy, tiredness and sleep problems make coping with M.E. very difficult. We recommend that the light box has a 30 minute treatment time and also has the ability to switch off some of the tubes to start treatment gradually. It is best to start with one or two tubes on for a short period of time and gradually increase the treatment time. Once you reach 30 minutes with one or two tubes you can turn on more tubes for a shorter length of time. If you feel that you have gone too quickly go back to a shorter length of time and gradually build up again.
Bright light therapy was developed for the treatment of S.A.D. and many of the above symptoms are common to S.A.D. sufferers. Light therapy has also been found to be beneficial for sleep problems, to increase energy levels, ease anxiety and help with jet lag and acclimatising to working night shifts. It can also help if you tend to fall asleep in the evening before going to bed. A short treatment in the early evening may help you to stay awake until bedtime.
You may find that you suffer from a lack of energy after being in the office all day. This can be caused by low light levels in the office and can very easily be alleviated with the use of a light box. The LitePod is ideal to have on your desk and fits neatly between your keyboard and the monitor. Apart from working as bright light therapy it will increase the overall light levels at your work station and help you to feel better. If in doubt as to the benefits, try our rental service to see whether light therapy does the trick for you.
The treatment is to bring bright light to the sufferer by using a light box or similar device. All our boxes are supplied with Daylight tubes that mimic natural sunlight and emit a cool, blue/white light. The light must enter through the eyes so that during treatment it is important to glance at the light box. Benefits are usually felt within 4-10 days.
The lux value for each light box is given and the distance at which it was measured. Should you experience headaches, you may be sitting too close and need to move further away until you acclimatise to the bright light. Our light boxes have a special “Flikka-Free” electronic ballast and a diffuser for the removal of UV. Tubes should be replaced every 2 to 3 years.