Winter Blues

Winter Blues
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Overcoming the gray days

Why we don’t like winter

As winter approaches every year, and the days get shorter and darker, most of us slow down and find it difficult to wake up in the morning. Our energy level drops. We tend to eat more carbohydrates and put on weight. Our energy, enthusiasm and productivity may drop off as well. These are common symptoms of light deficiency, which include: sadness, lethargy, over-sleeping, over-eating, weight gain, difficulty concentrating and diminished libido (sex drive).

And as many as many as 90% of people in the US and Canada experience some of the symptoms of Winter Blues. So if you feel down in the winter, you have lots of company.

Winter Blues can turn to SAD

For some of us, the symptoms for Winter Blues can become severe and result in a condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

Say goodbye to Winter Blues

Whether you suffer from general Winter Blues or SAD, there are treatments for you. One safe and effective treatment is light therapy through an artificial light source.

On top of light therapy, exercise and spending more time outdoors may also help relieve symptoms.

You don’t have to wait till spring

People who suffer from Winter Blues see their symptoms go away when the longer, brighter days of spring arrive. But with YumaLite™ you don’t have to wait till spring. YumaLite™ has been designed with sufferers of Winter Blues in mind as a way to bring you light when nature won’t.

YumaLite™ is a safe, effective as well as convenient and affordable light therapy device that you can easily use while doing any number of activities—from having breakfast and reading the paper to doing housework or exercising.

Seasonal Affective Disorder 

Don’t let the winter beat you

When winter means SADness For some of us, the winter doesn’t just mean the blahs, it means sadness. Severe Winter blues, known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), is a type of mood disorder characterized by more severe forms of Winter Blues symptoms. It is recognized by medical professionals and experts as a common mood disorder that affects people during the fall and winter months. People with SAD may feel constantly down and extremely fatigued. They may have difficulty concentrating, causing problems at work or at home. They may withdraw socially, over-sleep, gain weight and experience a decrease in their libido (sex drive). In more severe cases, they may have suicidal thoughts.

As with people who experience Winter Blues, those with SAD see their symptoms go away during the spring and summer.

How common is SAD? As many as 5% percent of people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and 10 to 20% suffer from sub-Syndromal Seasonal Affective Disorder (S-SAD), a milder form of SAD. Women are generally twice as likely to be affected by SAD and S-SAD, and the average age of onset is 23.

Treatments for SAD Because lack of exposure to light during the gray and dark days of winter has long been linked to SAD, a commonly recommended treatment is light therapy. In fact, for more than three decades medical practitioners have been recommending light therapy to address the symptoms of SAD.

Other treatments for SAD include antidepressant medication, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and hormone supplementation. For many, some of these treatments options are either considered unsafe, unaffordable or inconvenient.

Light therapy is a clinically proven safe and effective treatment for SAD. While safe and effective, traditional light therapy hasn’t offered convenience or affordability.

YumaLite™ light therapy

YumaLite™ is a light therapy device that is not only safe and effective, but also convenient and affordable.