Personally I’ve never suffered from depression. I know how serious it is and I have had friends who deal with chronic depression. They notice their moods are directly affected by the differing light between seasons. I found that really interesting and discovered this condition actually has a name. Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. SAD affects an estimated 6% of Americans, causing depression, lethargy, irritability and a desire to avoid social situations. It makes a person desire extra sleep and it can also create an urge to overeat, particularly carbohydrates. As many as 15% of people in the U.S. may have a milder version that includes only some of these symptoms. The incidence rises along with the distance from the equator. Despite decades of study, experts still aren’t sure exactly what causes SAD, which is officially recognized as a form of major depression that lessens in spring and summer. Besides actual light therapy use of a Far Infrared sauna also aids in the ridding of SAD’s symptoms.
The seasonal and geographic patterns provide strong clues that SAD’s is related to the diminishing daylight in the fall and winter. One theory suggests that the reduced light disrupts peoples’ circadian rhythms, the 24-hour biological clock that governs waking, sleeping and many other body functions. Another theory holds that the darkness disrupts neurotransmitters which are brain chemicals that affect mood. Some experts believe the reduced sun exacerbates vitamin D deficiencies.
One treatment for SAD that has been shown to be effective is phototherapy or light therapy, the administration of doses of bright light from a portable device called a light box. Far Infrared saunas are also useful when battling depression from SAD. These saunas can include therapeutic devices known for utilizing a different kind of light, including all colors, and many of them are now being outfitted to help SAD sufferers find hope and healing. Far Infrared sauna rays are natural, comfortable and identical to our own sun’s rays. Infrared rays are the healthiest, as they penetrate into your skin deeply and dissolve harmful substances accumulated in your body. Infrared rays, from a Far Infrared sauna, like from our sun, vitalize your cells and metabolism.
The dual Far Infrared heaters warm the body in the same manner as natural sunlight. Far Infrared therapy uses the wavelength of the visible and non-visible light spectrum of sunlight that heats the body normally. Traditional saunas raise the temperature of the air to a very high level, within the chamber, to warm the body. Some people have difficulty breathing in the extremely warm air from a traditional steam sauna. Far Infrared saunas work differently. Instead of heating the air within the enclosure, Far Infrared saunas heat the body directly. The result is deeper tissue penetration.
In the Far Infrared sauna, the body perspires and receives all of its healthy benefits to include relief from depression. It really is all about the healing rays, emanating from a Far Infrared sauna. Far Infrared Heat and Light Therapy has been shown to work on people of all backgrounds. The range of benefits from this effective form of heat and light therapy can be felt regardless of skin type, physical disabilities or limitations and athletic condition. Be sure to add in light therapy and SAD symptoms diminish. Simply use a Far Infrared sauna daily and then you truly will enjoy the benefits of a healthier lifestyle free from seasonal or even chronic depression.