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Curious About Getting a SAD Lamp? Here's What You Need to Know

Bestproducts.com Logo By Melanie Yates of Bestproducts.com | Slide 1 of 11: No, it's not just you — the colder months can be hard for a lot of people. These feelings of depression, fatigue, and disinterest in social activities are typically caused by Seasonal Affective Disorder (also known as SAD), and roughly 1 in 20 people in the U.S. population lives with this affliction. One popular and low-risk way to help alleviate the feelings of SAD is to use a light-therapy device known as a SAD lamp to begin your day with a much-needed dose of brightness.The Best SAD Lamps:Best Overall: Verilux HappyLight Touch LED Light Therapy LampGeometric Wood: Sunrise Sensations DayBright Light Therapy LampBest Budget: Verilux HappyLight Compact Light Therapy Energy LampGlowing Orb: ElectriBrite Light Therapy LampAdjustable Design: Carex Day-Light Classic Plus Bright Light Therapy LampTravel-Friendly: Circadian Optics Light Therapy LampTabletop Decor: ALBINA Sun LampDesk Lamp Design: Circadian Optics Lumos 2.0 Light Therapy LampWearable Device: Luminette 2 Light Therapy GlassesGentler Wake-Up Call: JALL Wake Up Light Sunrise Alarm Clock“SAD is a pattern of significant depressive symptoms that occur and then disappear with the changing of the seasons,” says Dr. Deborah Serani, psychologist and author of Living With Depression. “It affects millions worldwide, primarily occurring in areas of higher latitudes from the equator, and it tends to be found more in females than males.”Because winter days are so short, most people find themselves feeling affected by SAD due to a lack of exposure to natural sunlight. “Individuals with SAD often have an ultra-sensitive body clock, called circadian rhythm, which gets thrown off when exposed to less sunlight,” says Serani. “Though it can help to spend more time outdoors and use sunshine to your advantage, I always recommend patients to invest in light-therapy devices, because they can better control the timing and dosage of artificial light.”What to ConsiderWhile the SAD lamps of yesteryear tended to be large, clunky devices that took up an entire tabletop, many models today are small, sleek, and usually portable. In addition to wintertime use, frequent travelers may also find that packing and using a smaller SAD lamp can help their circadian rhythm better adapt to a new time zone.All of the SAD lamps in this guide are equipped with 10,000 lux light, which is the recommended standard for these products. Your main consideration for choosing the best SAD lamp for you is finding a size and design that you like, as well as any unique features like color temperature adjustment, timer functions, and wireless charging capabilities. While facing toward (but not staring directly at) a SAD lamp on a morning schedule for up to 30 minutes a day has shown to be an effective, low-side-effect supplement to your morning routine, it is also recommended that you consult with your doctor before using a light-therapy device and definitely not use it in place of regular medication or therapy.Here are the best SAD lamps to help you find brighter days ahead.

No, it's not just you — the colder months can be hard for a lot of people. These feelings of depression, fatigue, and disinterest in social activities are typically caused by Seasonal Affective Disorder (also known as SAD), and roughly 1 in 20 people in the U.S. population lives with this affliction.

One popular and low-risk way to help alleviate the feelings of SAD is to use a light-therapy device known as a SAD lamp to begin your day with a much-needed dose of brightness.

The Best SAD Lamps:

“SAD is a pattern of significant depressive symptoms that occur and then disappear with the changing of the seasons,” says Dr. Deborah Serani, psychologist and author of Living With Depression. “It affects millions worldwide, primarily occurring in areas of higher latitudes from the equator, and it tends to be found more in females than males.”

Because winter days are so short, most people find themselves feeling affected by SAD due to a lack of exposure to natural sunlight. “Individuals with SAD often have an ultra-sensitive body clock, called circadian rhythm, which gets thrown off when exposed to less sunlight,” says Serani. “Though it can help to spend more time outdoors and use sunshine to your advantage, I always recommend patients to invest in light-therapy devices, because they can better control the timing and dosage of artificial light.”

What to Consider

While the SAD lamps of yesteryear tended to be large, clunky devices that took up an entire tabletop, many models today are small, sleek, and usually portable. In addition to wintertime use, frequent travelers may also find that packing and using a smaller SAD lamp can help their circadian rhythm better adapt to a new time zone.

All of the SAD lamps in this guide are equipped with 10,000 lux light, which is the recommended standard for these products. Your main consideration for choosing the best SAD lamp for you is finding a size and design that you like, as well as any unique features like color temperature adjustment, timer functions, and wireless charging capabilities.

While facing toward (but not staring directly at) a SAD lamp on a morning schedule for up to 30 minutes a day has shown to be an effective, low-side-effect supplement to your morning routine, it is also recommended that you consult with your doctor before using a light-therapy device and definitely not use it in place of regular medication or therapy.

Here are the best SAD lamps to help you find brighter days ahead.

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