Best Light Therapy Lamps 2023
During the cooler months, the reduced amounts of natural light can affect your energy levels and mental health. Finally, this time of year is associated with the “winter blues” as well as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that can lead to a range of symptoms including fatigue, weight gain and mood swings. And while those who think they have the disorder should consult a doctor for treatment options, studies have shown that using one of the best light therapy lamps (also known as SAD lamps) in the morning can provide relief for those affected during the winter feel little tired or depressed.
To be clear, not everyone who experiences fatigue and mood swings during the cooler months necessarily has SAD. “‘Winter blues’ are about three times more common than cases of full-blown depression,” says Dr. Michael Terman, President of the Center for Environmental Therapeutics and Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at Columbia University. However, he continues, “they follow the same time course and respond to the same light therapy regimen — 10,000 lux in 30-minute sessions shortly after waking up.” In fact, board-certified health coach and author Robyn Youkilis believes that those who do the whole who work at their desks year round or do not get enough natural light on a daily basis can benefit from using a SAD lamp any time of the year. “I’ve found that the lowest lux setting is generally safe for everyone,” she says.
Most medical professionals recommend lamps with a brightness of 10,000 lux and UV-free LED light. With these criteria in mind, we have compiled a list of the best light therapy lights for each type of person.
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Here at Forbes Vetted, the Home & Kitchen team spends countless hours researching, testing and identifying the very best products across a virtually endless array of categories: cutting boards, electric blankets and bath towels, to name a few. To support our research specifically for this article, we spoke to two medical professionals: Dr. Michael Terman, President of the Center for Environmental Therapeutics and Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at Columbia University; and Robyn Youkilis, Board-Certified Health Coach and Author.
How we chose the best light therapy lamps
To determine the best light therapy lights, we first spoke to medical professionals to find out what separates an effective SAD light from a subpar one. After noting their criteria, we thoroughly researched the market and identified the best selling and top rated models. During this step we analyzed the construction and quality of each one, taking into account customer reviews. Most recently, we tried out a few lamps ourselves to give a personal insight.
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