- According to the APA, the most widely used treatment for SAD is light therapy.
- These functional light therapy lamps from Amazon could help you feel less blue
January 21 is Blue Monday, a day some call the gloomiest day of the year.
And while the factors that came together to pinpoint the third Monday of January as Blue Monday — weather, debt, the time elapsed since the holidays and failures keeping New Year's resolutions among them — aren't necessarily scientifically sound, Blue Monday highlights many people's changing moods during the winter. Notably, those who suffer from SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder. For many, this is the underlying cause for their winter blues.
This involves buying specialized lamps that emit bright light to mimic natural outdoor light. These devices also filter harmful UV light. The thought is that since the lack of sunlight could contribute to SAD symptoms, such as trouble sleeping, more light could help ease or reverse2 them.
It's important to note that light therapy isn't for everyone. So unless you have been diagnosed with SAD, consult a medical professional before introducing it into your daily routine.
If you're ready to test out a lamp, there are a few things you'll want to consider, namely price and functionality.
In the latter category, you'll want to find products that have 10,000 LUX brightness, which is thought to be best for maximum effectiveness and safety. When we scoured the Amazon Best-Selling category for light therapy products, we found a few standouts that feature 10,000 LUX brightness for under $100.
These products have been vetted by thousands of Amazon customers who given them the seal of approval.
They include Verilux's HappyLight Liberty 10,000 LUX Light Therapy Energy Lamp ($79.95 ; amazon.com), Circadian Optics Lumos 2.0 Light Therapy Lamp ($64.99; amazon.com) and Beurer's Daylight Lamp with Natural Sunlight Simulation ($49.99; amazon.com).
If you have extra cash, here are other best sellers for more than $100: Aura Day Light Therapy Lamp ($103.89; amazon.com) and Northern Light Technology's Boxelite 10,000 LUX Bright Light Therapy Light Box ($189.99; amazon.com).
These tried and tested lamps are an easy way to make Blue Monday and the rest of winter feel, well, a little less blue.
Note: Prices above reflect the listed retailer's price at time of publication.