Sun lamp for seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

Sun lamp for seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

SAD is a type of depression that begins and ends at around the same time every year when they days become shorter. It has debilitating symptoms, like feeling depressed most of the day, low energy, and suicidal thoughts.

Sitting in front of a sun lamp within the first hour of waking up every day can improve symptoms of SAD within a few days to a few weeks.

Overall, a sunset lamp is fun, can ease stress and boost our. However, if something is going to make you feel a little better during this time, then it’s worth investing in one.’

Health risks

Sun lamps are generally considered safe because they don’t give off UV radiation. If side effects do occur, they’re usually mild and go away on their own within a few days.

Possible side effects may include:

  • headache
  • eyestrain
  • nausea

You may be able to manage your side effects by sitting further away from the sun lamp, or reducing the time spent in front of the sun lamp.

Light therapy may also cause a manic episode in people with bipolar disorder. Speak to a doctor before using a sun lamp if you have any of these conditions.


Using sun lamps, which work by imitating the sun, may help some people living with SAD, vitamin D deficiency, or sleep issues.

People should be careful when using sun lamps. In most cases, they should look for products that do not use UV light, as this can damage the skin and lead to skin cancer.

When someone has a vitamin D deficiency, their skin needs UVB light to make the vitamin. However, in most cases, it is better to get vitamin D from food and natural sunlight than to use a sun lamp.