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    Light therapy?

    I would like to hear from any one who uses light therapy. I am a long term night shift worker and recently have had trouble wanting to sleep all of the time. I hear the light boxes used for depression may be effective to increase energy.(yes I have my share of depression too ) The light boxes are expensive however if they obtain good results would be well worth the investment.

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    Not looking good for replies lol

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    Ask your doctor to prescribe you one. That would help with the cost. You sit in front of it for 20 to 30 mins (per the boxes instructions) when you first wake up. Don't know if it would help with being sleepy. You should probably talk to your doc about having your vitamin D levels checked.
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    I agree with the Vitamin D. I found a tasty, berry flavored syrup and it really perked me up!
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    I agree with the Vitamin D. I found a tasty, berry flavored syrup and it really perked me up! Maybe you posted too early in the am for replies!
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    I have one and love it. I chose the Blue Max 70 watt floor lamp from Full Spectrum Solutions. There are currently two threads about SADD or sad. Put those in the search box.

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    I agree with get your vitamin D levels checked. Low vitamin D levels can cause a lot of different problems. Mine was low and the Dr. Started me on vitamin D therapy. It straightened me out.

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    I recently started a thread on SAD or S.A.D.D. and there were some great replies. Yes, do a search. On one post, there is a link to an article from the Mayo Clinic...very interesting!! I so feel for you....I'm going to get a light, too, as soon as I decide which one is best. I'm going to see if my doctor will write a prescription for it so my insurance will pay.

    Good luck!!

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    Funny thing, I bought vit D caps yesterday, sat the bag on the stove, I turned the oven on to preheat and then got sidetracked. The vit D caps along with a DVD for Christmas melted. Thanks for the replies, I will check out the other threads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raedar63 View Post
    Funny thing, I bought vit D caps yesterday, sat the bag on the stove, I turned the oven on to preheat and then got sidetracked. The vit D caps along with a DVD for Christmas melted. Thanks for the replies, I will check out the other threads.
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    I have used to Sunbox Jr. for years and swear by it!!

    By placing the box on a table or desktop and sitting so that the light not only is close to me, but also reflects from a book I am reading is the best situation for me. Twenty to thirty minutes when I first get up in the morning is plenty of time to drink my first cup of coffee and start my engine. The additional bonus is time to read without interruption. My doctor told my DH years ago that using the light therapy would also be good for him to try.

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    I just wanted to follow up on this post in case it may help someone else.

    I bought myself the happy light by verlux. It has made a tremendous diffrence ! I can sure tell the days I dont get to use the light.It was a bit expensive but very worth it. I also noticed a bigger diffrence when I remove my glasses. My eyeglasses have built in protection from uv/ub rays and I think it may block some of the benifits of the light when I wear them.

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    [QUOTE=raedar63;4900436]I just wanted to follow up on this post in case it may help someone else.

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    Don't know if it'll help everyone, but my grow lights for my special plants seemed to make me more energetic.
    I get close to them often, with snipping off a leaf or admiring a bloom...worth a try. And lots cheaper.

    But for full blown depression it may make a terrific difference, those light boxes are marvelous, I'm told by
    some folks who have them.

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    I got some full spectrum light boxes to use when I was working and not outside so much. They made a big different. I sat in front of it in the morning reading the paper and eating breakfast. Before I knew about SAD, on my lunch hour I would go to Lowe's and walk around the lighting department with all those fixtures lit up - it always gave me a boost and I never knew why. Then I learned why and got some lights. One for the kitchen and one for work, which I didn't use all that much.

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