Seasonal Affective Disorder - MOVED TO NON-HAIR DISCUSSION

SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users Curl Neophyte
I have SAD as well as a circadian rythm that is 27 hours rather than 24. Means I get only a few hours sleep at night. Means I drag in the a.m. Until Thursday I was so sleepy -- then I went to bed at 10pm. Woke up at 5-ish Friday and used the light box for 30 minutes. I slept like the dead Friday night, but still went to bed too late (2am)

Problem is I really need to use the light box for 3-5 days in a row at around 5am in the morning to adjust my cycle. Also,I've been told to go to bed and get up at the same time each day, but so far impossible to do.

I know I can't be the only one with a day cycle longer than 24 hours or seasonal issues. Anyone else have this? Do you use a light box or any other remedy? What works for you and what doesn't?
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  • wild~hairwild~hair Posts: 9,890Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Are you looking to swap lightboxes? :wink: [See where this is posted.]

    I used to have a lightbox, but it was gigantic so I gave it to a friend. It was literally 3 x 2 feet. It worked though. I had SAD on top of all sorts of standard depressive symptoms. At the time it was spring, so I thought if I wound up needing more light therapy come autumn, I would opt for a smaller lamp or one of those visors. Luckily I haven't needed any more light therapy so far [it's been one winter season since then].

    I am on a really good regimen for depression outlined in the Mood Cure book, using diet and amino acids, which really seems to be working for me. I was really impressed with the effectiveness of the light therapy, though.

    Have you ever tried amino acids or valerian root for sleep help? Both have been helpful to me, along with meditation techniques. It seems often these problems require a multi-part approach, you know?
  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Are you looking to swap lightboxes? [See where this is posted.]

    Oops! Thanks for pointing that out. Reposting in non-hair discussion.
    My blog - http://suburbanbushbabe.wordpress.com/
    My FOTKI - http://whatsnew.fotki.com/suburbanbushbabe/
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    Playing with my hair is a hobby. Fluffy, fine natural 4a. Goal= Healthy, beautiful hair that retains its length.
    Hear that crash? It's me falling off the CG wagon.

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