Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that follows a seasonal pattern, usually occurring in the fall and winter months. Colder temperatures, less daylight hours, and less time spent outside can mess with our circadian rhythms, melatonin, and serotonin production causing feelings of depression.
Natural light is necessary for our cells to function properly. Sunlight supercharges our cells by supporting mitochondrial function, the powerhouses of the cell. This helps to support physical performance, overall healing and recovery, promote restful sleep, and reduce oxidative stress. When natural sunlight becomes scarce Red Light Therapy is a safe, easy way to add natural light to your life and experience the health benefits in the winter. Red Light Therapy uses wavelengths of natural red and near-infrared light just like you’d get from the sun ,but without the UV rays or heat.
While research is ongoing, there have been many studies showing Red Light Therapy to be an effective treatment for seasonal affective disorder. Best results are shown with consistent treatments three to four times per week and can safely be used daily!