13 January 2021

Adding More Light to Life

Just a box booboo

The mood therapy lamp arrives in an undamaged brown bubble bag. The lamp's box, I think somebody took the care to inspect it before shipping, and taped it back up. I refused to get upset about it or believe the lamp is damaged. I've had enough of things going wrong. I was determined the lamp will work!

It does. I haven't started daily lamp sessions yet because the light might help with the winter blues/depression, but it doesn't stop me from watching late night television or encourage me to rise with cheer up lamp enthusiasm. 

I also put up Mikomer privacy window film to increase the daylight indoors. The installation is easy. It also wears well on the window year round with no problems.

Mokomer window film

Depression on all levels is not easy for me to manage. I've read how such things as exercise, light, aroma therapy (scented oil plugged in) in the winter can help. Finally, I'm giving them all a try, my sort of group therapy endeavor. I believe it will help prevent depression episodes where I lie on the sofa for days thinking this is what being in a casket must feel like. Gruesome and frightening to be in a place like that. 

Another improvement is a gorgeous brushed aluminum pharmacy reading lamp. I can now read, paint, and do crafts any time of the day or night. However, I have yet to find a cure for insomnia. I expect being wide awake in the AM will decrease with more light and exercise during the daytime.

Have you tried a light lamp in the winter? Any tips to help with insomnia?



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21 comments:

  1. Interesting to read your post.

    I think many do suffer with Seasonal Affective Disorder : S A D
    You may be interested in reading this post
    https://thelowcarbdiabetic.blogspot.com/2019/11/seasonal-affective-disorder-sad.html

    Also this post may give you some tips to help you sleep
    Simple Steps To A Better Night's Sleeps : Five Suggestions
    https://thelowcarbdiabetic.blogspot.com/2020/12/simple-steps-to-better-nights-sleeps.html

    All the best Jan

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    1. Much thanks, Jan
      I will read those posts today.
      Stay safe

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  2. I got one of those lamps for Christmas and am faithfully using it for half an hour every day. I don't know if it's just me but it does seem to be affecting my sleep patterns in a good way. I've only had two sleepless nights since I started using it - and one of those is expected because I never sleep when I have to do the much-dreaded trip to the grocery store. When I'm sleepless I get up and head for the couch in the living room and fire up my tablet to play solitaire for an hour or so. It seems to re-set my mind enough that I can sleep. But having said that, I know better than to head back to bed because that will wake me too much....so those nights I spend on the couch. Don't know if that might help you or not. I'm taking the 5HTP and Vitamin D regimen again too and so far I'm warding off most of the depression - that, and refusing to immerse myself in listening overly much to the news.

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    1. Maryanne,
      Reading your post, I remember that reading can make me sleepy. Card playing I will try as well.
      Grocery shopping is stressful. Its also stressful when to forget something or run out, and won't go back until next trip.
      Stay safe

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    2. Sorry that sounds weird...your post doesn't make me sleepy. Reading books does.

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    3. LOL - I knew what you meant! I don't dare turn on the light enough to read b'cause it upsets Resident Chef and then he's awake too. No sense in both of us suffering. If I pick up a book I could be there for hours before remembering that I'm supposed to be sleeping. Solitaire or playing mah-jong on my tablet is just enough to do the trick.

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    4. Yes, to sleepy by mahjong.
      I almost face planted on my desk playing mahjong, in the daytime. I will try it at night. :)

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  3. I will be eager to see how you find this lamp. I’ve considered getting me.

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    1. Marie,
      I've read it takes a week or so to show results. The light on high is happy to see

      Stay safe

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  4. Oh Dear May... I don't claim to be experiencing what you do, but I've had my own moments in the last few weeks stretched out in bed or on the couch thinking despondent thoughts. My heart goes out to you reading how you're feeling and how you're coping. I'm curious about people's experiences with light lamps too. Just reading your post makes me want to give one a try, and gather together my own "support group" to get myself through this winter. A friend recently gave me an "sniffer" with an essential oil blend called "Hope". I keep it by the computer (for some reason) and I was just sniffing it a few minutes ago. I don't know that the scent helps at all, but I get a little lift from the fact that a friend thought of me and made it for me. I'm thinking of you and praying for you.

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    1. Becki,
      You and yours are in my prayers.
      There has been two deaths in my extended family this week. I plugged the fairy lights back in. A small thing to do, but every positive sign of hope helps.

      Stay safe

      Aroma therapy with essential oils have helped me as well. Each time I go to my kitchen, I get a cheer up boost from the plug in Apple cinnamon oil.

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  5. You are in my prayers. Sorry, have not any advice to give. Hope days are getting brighteršŸ™❤️

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    1. Thank you, Lone
      Today brightened up when I visited your blog, and saw the sweater you made. The design is perfect. It looks like an easy pattern for me if I don't add the extra colors.

      Stay safe

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  6. Oh do hope the lamp works for you ~ sending you lots of distant reiki healing energy hugs ~

    Moment by moment.....

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. Carol,
      Thank you. I feel better already.
      This morning I began with 10 minutes sitting far enough away. The highest setting is not ideal for this beginner. It was too bright. Tomorrow I'll lower the light.

      Stay safe

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  7. I sure have felt some amount of depression especially this past year. And we are very cloudy here so far this year...I don't know much about the light but I hope it will work for you. My sleep is broken up into chunks of hours here and there-I have Gunsmoke on while we sleep-it keeps me from thinking if I wake up. Weird huh?!

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    1. Debra,
      I can see James Arness' velvet voice is a comfort, like a western bed time story being read. Having a screaming horror show on, now that would be weird. :)
      Chunky sleep defines perfectly my sleep pattern.

      Stay safe

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  8. Depression is rugged and all the worse this time of year when days are so short. I hope the light and window cover is helpful. I've danced my own dance with this one (as has Number One Kid, far more seriously). Sending all good thoughts and empathy.

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    1. Jeanie,
      The first light session this morning didn't have the drama I anticipated...Well that's done. It was sort of funny. The natural light...Even without the sun shinning, the window privacy film is amazing. The amount of light without blinds or draperies almost feels like the sun is out.

      Stay safe

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  9. Seasonal Affective Disorder is so unpleasant. I hope the lamp works for you. You are being proactive and tackling the issue head on. Good for you!

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    1. Lorrie,
      Getting things for the winter blues in place before spring arrives feels wonderful. :)

      Stay safe

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