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NatureBright SunTouch Light Therapy

Updated on September 27, 2014

A Good Therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Studies have shown that bright light therapy can help treat symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), or the "winter blues". Many people who experience SAD will have some relief from their symptoms from sitting in front of a special light box, such as the NatureBright SunTouch Plus Light and Ion Therapy Lamp, for a certain amount of time each day during the winter months.

I bought this lamp a few years ago in early March, when winter just wouldn't let up where we live in SE Michigan. The winter had been cloudier than usual, and I had been feeling low in spirits and sluggish for some time.

I had been experiencing some level of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) for a number of years, but figured I should be able to manage it on my own without any outside aids. But I finally got tired of feeling lethargic and sorry for myself, and I researched light therapy lamps that were purported to help people with SAD. The Nature Bright SunTouch is the one I chose, based on the high reviews that it receives, and its reasonable price.

I'm happy to say that it works well for me!

A Good Choice for Easing Your Winter Blues

This simple-to-use light therapy and ion therapy box has helped to keep my spirits lifted during the winter when I don't get enough natural sunlight.

As the Product Description says about this lamp, "Light and ions combine to lift your mood, stabilize your internal rhythms, and invigorate your body systems."

During the winter, I sit with this light box shining on my face for about 30 minutes in the morning while I'm drinking my coffee and checking my email. It feels like it wakes me up and helps me from feeling as sluggish and dreary during our cloudy winters.

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Seasonal affective disorder

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a mood disorder that occurs from lack of sunlight during the winter months, especially in the higher latitutes where there are long, cloudy winters. Symptoms of SAD can include feeling blue and lethargic, being irritable, wanting to sleep more, and craving more carbs.

From 3 - 5 percent of people in these latitudes have severe symptoms of SAD, and possibly up to 30% experience some symptoms of this disorder.

According to Professor Damien Leger, of Paris, France : "Light allows all the body's rhythms to function correctly. Light synchronises the body's rhythms and the hormones as well as sleeping and waking hours, and body temperature. Probably these positive effects are missing in the winter."

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Do You Have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?

Do you start to feel sluggish and irritable during the winter? Maybe feel down-in-the-dumps or downright depressed during a good part of the winter?

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How Does Light Therapy Help?

You've probably felt the effects of bright light versus low light yourself -- during sunny weather you most likely feel more energetic and upbeat than when you've been living in a cloudy environment for days on end.

Bright light therapy, or phototherapy, is thought to affect the brain chemicals linked to mood, such as serotonin, much as being outside on a bright day would do. A light therapy system consists of a set of bright fluorescent bulbs set into a box or frame. During a session, you'd sit near this lamp set-up for a certain amount of time each day, depending on the brightness of the system, and the severity of your symptoms.

This doesn't help everyone, but for many of us it gives enough relief for us to feel more energetic and productive again.

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Light therapy box

Other Ways This Lamp Can Help You

This home lighting kit combines the healing power of 10,000 lux light and negative ions to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and other mood and sleep problems.

The following information is from the NatureBright website.

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NatureBright captures nature's healing systems in an attractive home lighting kit. The Sun Touch Plus bathes you in SkyEffect light while simultaneously releasing negative ions into the atmosphere. Negative ions are odorless, tasteless, electron-sized particles found in refreshing environments like beaches and waterfalls. This combination balances your body clock making you feel rested, refreshed, and revitalized.

Features

* Powerful Healing of 10,000-LUX Light Therapy

* Negative Ion Therapy

* Four Timed sessions - 15, 30, 45, 60 minutes

- 30-minute session recommended daily

* Four replaceable Fluorescent Bulbs

* Safe and effective, Ultra Violet free

Applications

* Get relief from Seven Common Problems, with no harmful side effects

o S.A.D. or Winter Blues

o Sleep difficulties and excessive tiredness

o Low spirits

o Poor concentration

o Shift work fatigue

o Jet Lag

o PMS and Menopause irritability

* Clinical studies show that high-density ion therapy provides an automatic antidepressant effect within a few days of use.

Why I Chose This Brand

Why Not Another Brand?

I make many product decisions based on reviews of other users. The NatureBright SunTouch Plus Light and Ion Therapy Lamp has over 200 reviews on Amazon.com, with an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. That and its more reasonable price on Amazon.com compared with other light therapy systems made the choice easy for me.

It's been working flawlessly for me for 2 1/2 winters now, and it does what it's supposed to do -- it reduces my feelings of lethargy and irritability, and I feel happier and more productive than when I go without it. It takes 4 - 5 days when I first start using it for the season for me to notice the effects.

I sit near my NatureBright SunTouch light for 30 minutes in the morning, while I'm drinking my coffee and checking email and news online. Since this is my regular routine most mornings anyway, it's never been difficult for me to find the time to use this lamp. The instructions say that it works best if the unit is at eye-level, 12 to 18 inches from the face. I have mine a couple feet away, and it works fine.

I keep the negative ion emitter on all of the time. I don't really know if that affects me, but I figure it can't hurt. I read a few reviews that said that they don't like the smell while using the negative ion emitter, but I don't notice it.

One drawback is that the fluorescent bulbs do need to be replaced periodically, because they aren't as effective after 2 - 3 years. Fluorescent bulbs shine less brightly over time. I suspect I'll need to replace mine next year. Replacement bulbs aren't particularly cheap but since this system works well for me, I'll gladly buy the bulbs for the continued beneficial effects.

Also Helps With Jet Lag and Other Sleep Difficulties - Light and Ion Therapy

If you suffer from SAD (seasonal affective disorder), this light and ion therapy box will help you feel better. It also helps with jet lag and other sleep difficulties.

Replacement Bulbs, Set of 4

The fluorescent bulbs in therapy light boxes should be replaced periodically to maintain the effectiveness of the unit. Fluorescent bulbs grow dimmer with age, and are less effective.

Find a Variety of Light Therapy Lamps on eBay

You might be able to find good prices for various light therapy lamps on eBay.

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      dereklad 5 years ago

      I have used a light for several years and would not be without it

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I never have. Am so grateful that as far as mood goes, I'm on the happy side for the majority of my life (no matter what is happening around me, I can stay centered and haven't had to deal with SAD or other mood disorders) - I feel for people who go through this though, must be really hard.

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      Karen 5 years ago from U.S.

      @vineliner57: I agree whole-heartedly about the Vitamin D3! I live in the northern U.S. and definitely feel the affects of lack of sunlight. I use both the light therapy and Vit. D during the winter. Thanks for your comments!

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      Hal Gall 5 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      Light therapy is great for SAD. I also find that vitamin D3 helps tremendously, as it is my understanding that the sun helps the body make D3. About an hour a day in the sun helps, but if you live in Northern climates, the sun is at such an angle that you could stand outside all day and not get much if any D3 naturally. Great lens!

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      mavens 6 years ago

      This unit is a great value, nice size, good appearance and quiet also

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      Karen 6 years ago from U.S.

      @omribs: It elevates my mood and energy levels during February and March when otherwise I feel sluggish and in low spirits, especially if it's been a cloudy winter.

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      omribs 6 years ago

      So what is the effect of this light therapy?

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      spiritualll 6 years ago

      HI!

      Very good lens!

      I appreciate it!

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      howtocurecancer 6 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      ohcaroline 6 years ago

      I really noticed the effects of the winter gray days when I lived in the mountains. I don't have that problems in Florida now. I could see how it would be really helpful though.

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      GrinningFool 6 years ago

      I am sensitive to it. Never used a light box though. Working Night shift doesn't help, especially in the winter when there are times when I wont see the sun for days.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      No, but we have plenty of sun in Canberra, where I live. Nice lens and well presented for top marks.

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      Karen 6 years ago from U.S.

      @darciefrench lm: A vacation to a sunny area would be my first choice, but it's not always possible :-) The Caribbean sounds really nice right now!

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      I experienced SAD as a child and young adult- often would need to medicate in January. A vacation to a sunny area would have cured it for sure- but life had other conditions in mind. Good idea to use a lamp - I'm sure most folks are in the same boat and can't just up and go to Florida when SAD hits -:)