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The Rio SAD light has been developed to help Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a condition which can affect all ages, men and women alike. Symptoms vary and are often referred to as the “winter blues”, the lack of natural light at any time of the year may cause SAD.
Symptoms of SAD may include a change in appetite or weight, lack of energy, diminishing sex drive, body aches or pains, low self-esteem, sleep problems, loss of memory, inability to make decisions, depression or mood swings and a lack of concentration and interest.
The conventional treatment of SAD is to deal with the symptoms, such as depression, using antidepressant or mood stabilising medication and/or psychotherapy. Recently, however, exposure to bright light has been widely advocated by health experts as a means of counteracting SAD by addressing the cause. It is now generally accepted that SAD lights are the best and quickest way to tackling the winter blues. SAD lights provide a balanced spectrum light equivalent to standing outdoors on a clear day. Use of a SAD lamp can make up for any light deficiency that you may otherwise be experiencing.
To use the Rio SAD light, simply position the lamp about 50 cm away from you directing the light towards your face, but slightly offset. Adjust the timer and brightness to suit you, then begin. It is acceptable to look into the light every now and then, but do not look into the light continuously.
Typically 15-60 minutes of exposure a day is sufficient for most people, however you may use your light as often as you want. Try to co-ordinate usage with your natural biological clock, namely between 6 am and 8 pm. You can use the Rio SAD light at other times of the day but research has shown that morning use is most beneficial. Use the Rio SAD light on at least five successive days at roughly the same time. You can then repeat the programme as often as required.
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