Try one of these popular SAD lamps for quick relief from the winter blues.
Light therapy is one of the go-to treatments for seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of seasonal depression that typically strikes during the cold, dark winter months. Studies suggest that exposure to bright light from a special lamp or light box can help make up for the sunlight you're not getting naturally when the days are shorter. These devices are brighter than your average lamp; they should deliver light at 10,000 lux (about 20 times greater than regular indoor lighting), according to the . Soaking up these artificial rays for about 20 to 60 minutes may help ease symptoms of SAD.
Considering investing in a light box? Here are some you can buy on Amazon that earned five-star reviews from at least half of shoppers.
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Verilux HappyLight Liberty
Compact enough to fit comfortably on a bedside table or at your desk, Verilux’s full-size device is also customizable, with both high and low light intensity settings.
Verilux HappyLight Touch
This tablet-sized version won’t take up much real estate on your desk or countertop. Set one of four timers for 15- to 60-minute sessions and feel better fast.
Perfectly position this lamp for your daily dose of light therapy by adjusting the angle of the stand. Another option: tuck it away so you can mount the device on a wall instead.
Circadian Optics Lumos 2.0
The flexible hinge on this lamp makes angling your light source a cinch, while the thin base means you can easily set up shop anywhere.
Alaska Northern Lights Northstar 10,000
It may be larger and pricier than other top-rated picks, but this device guarantees 10,000 lux at two feet away, so you don’t have to sit quite so close to the box to reap its benefits.
Carex Day-Light Classic Plus Bright Light Therapy Lamp
This sun lamp is has two different light settings, and both the height and angle can be adjusted for maximum comfort.