This Compact Lamp for Light Therapy Is Loved by Over 2,600 Amazon Shoppers—and 'Health' Readers Get a Discount
When the sun rises later and sets earlier through winter months, it's common for people to feel an impact on their mood—there's a reason why, on the rare sunny day, you might start to feel your spirits lift. The lack of natural light this time of year is a major factor that can cause seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that an estimated 5% of Americans deal with each year, with even more experiencing a more mild form of "winter blues." Luckily, there's a simple and accessible treatment that experts say works: light therapy.
The goal of light therapy is to use a bright (100,000 lux, or the equivalent of a clear, sunny day) light to mimic sunlight when Mother Nature just isn't doing the trick. Studies have shown that using one of these lamps for 20 to 60 minutes a day can effectively lift your mood. They're easy to find, too—and one highly rated option, Circadian Optics's Light Therapy Lamp ($50, was $60; amazon.com) is available to Health readers for an extra 15% off with the coupon code 15HEALTH2021 through March 1.
A lamp for light therapy can take up a considerable amount of room on a desk or nightstand, but this model is well-designed for small spaces. It's 14 inches tall and narrow enough to squeeze in beside a laptop, but its restricted dimensions don't mean it's any less powerful: The light that it emits goes up to the recommended brightness of 100,000 lux.
More than 2,600 Amazon shoppers have given the lamp a five-star rating. "I was worried that this small light wouldn't work for me. Boy was I wrong! The first day I used it, I felt like I'd drank a whole pot of coffee," wrote one shopper. "Now I feel great every day. I have loads of energy and sleep well every night."
If you are struggling with SAD, it's a good idea to speak with a doctor who can prescribe the best course of action for your treatment. However, the benefits of light therapy have been proven time and time again, and a lamp like this slender option from Circadian Optics has the potential to lift your mood and help you wake up in the morning.
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