Go Toward the Light
Does Tilley have SAD too?Interpretations of the phrase, 'Go toward the light', speak of near death experiences, salvation, or the Poltergeist movie (personally I was thinking more along the lines of Ghost Whisperer). Quite fitting considering what I'm using the 'Happy Light' for.
The 'Happy Light' arrived at our house a month ago - and not a day too late. I wanted to use it for a solid month in order to give you a proper review. I started out using it for 30 minutes first thing in the morning. I simply turned it on and sat in front of it while I drank my morning coffee and checked my emails etc. Although I was feeling a noticeable difference within the first week, our skies got awfully dark awfully quick, I had a sudden mood swing and received some sad news. You know how it goes. I've upped the time to 45 minutes for the past three weeks. This is the 'dose' that works for me right now.
Why do I think this light therapy works for me?
I can sleep!
I caught myself dancing in the living room.
I answered the phone.
I don't obsess (as much).
I can see with minty fresh eyes.
I feel 'lighter'.
In May 2012, when it stops raining around here, I'll be able to give you a more definite answer.
Do I recommend the Happy Light?
Seasonal Affective Disorder is common. If you are feeling the winter darkness please go talk to your doctor. Light therapy may be covered by your Canadian medical plan as it can be used to treat SAD (it's not approved as a treatment by the US FDA).
My Happy Light is actually called the NatureBright SunTouch Plus Light and Ion Therapy Lamp and I bought it on Amazon here.