What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Seasonal Affective Disorder aka, the Winter Blues, is a form of depression that often begins at the onset of winter with colder and shorter daylight hours. Millions of people every year around the world find themselves with symptoms including:

  • fatigue
  • depression
  • irritability
  • trouble concentrating
  • body aches
  • poor sleep
  • decreased activity level
  • and weight gain.

These depression symptoms are serious because they prevent people from living their lives to the fullest.SAD

There are different treatments for SAD but the most common and popular treatment is Phototherapy, also known as light therapy. This treatment requires a 10,000-lux lamp to be within eyesight for a minimum half hour per day to simulate sunlight. If Phototherapy proves ineffective, a physician may prescribe antidepressants.

Light therapy boxes, though beneficial cost up to $800 and need to be plugged in to operate. If you plan to use them in different locations you need to purchase multiple units or plan on carrying it back and forth within your home. Since these lights are only used for a half hour a day, and are only required in the winter, they tend to take up a lot of space within your house.

Optimally the best treatment would require no daily maintenance, no electricity, no effort, and substantially less money. One alternate suggestion is traveling during the colder weather but not everyone can afford this option.

However, one alternative treatment method under $300 is investing in a heliostat. This mirror on motors will track the sun and reflect it inside providing you with the additional sunlight your body requires.

The cheapest option is The Sunflower heliostat, other heliostats are priced over $1,000 and require an extensive setup process. For the Sunflower all you need is a window. By using a solar powered reflection technique, you spend no money on electricity and receive natural sunlight instead of tricking your body into thinking it has. This method can provide ample sunlight throughout the day and requires no forethought or setup for daily use.

Over all, there are many treatment options for SAD but some can be more beneficial and effective than others. When deciding what might be right for you or your loved ones keep in mind your year round health and the cost of treatment before choosing. If you have any questions about heliostats or how you can receive a discount on one as a treatment option just message us and we will be happy to help you get rid of the winter blues!