Best alternative medicine products according to redditors

We found 1,551 Reddit comments discussing the best alternative medicine products. We ranked the 683 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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u/joebo745 · 39 pointsr/nba

I had in 7 in high school from soccer, so can confirm that they are a bitch lol.

For some advice: Consider getting on something like adderall/vyvanse for the focus issues (don't abuse it, just take the recommended dosage). Also for the depression, be wary of going on any medication. I went on cymbalta for a long while and it completely changed me as a person. When I started noticing how boring I became I decided to get off it... but the withdrawals were fucking horrible. Legit took me months to get back to my normal self. Some things that have worked: therapy (a good therapist goes a long way), sunlight or a light box in the winter times, a good social circle around you, working out, and limit your drug/alcohol use. You'll likely still have your moments where life is depressing as hell, but you just have to know you'll eventually be fine again.

I'd also recommend researching more about concussions and trying to understand everything you can about them... as it can help you cope when something pops up. Concussions can cause you to become a sex addict, more likely to abuse drugs, have anxiety, etc. there's just a lot that can happen when your brain is damaged and it can be nice to know what some of those things are so you can better address them.

Last thing: consider a good neurologist if you still get headaches. I used to get hella migraines (and still get them occasionally), but there are some great drugs out there that can help and the science gets better every day. It took me awhile to find something that worked for me, but eventually I found something that made them manageable. Either way I hope everything works out for you/anyone else who may read this who is struggling with some of these issues.

u/hollyharlow · 35 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

They make those indoor lamps that you can use for SAD. I have no idea how well they work, but maybe you could give one a try? Like this one? It's very highly reviewed. They're a little pricey but could be worth it if it helps.

u/ErikaJay · 30 pointsr/AskWomen

I was in a DBT therapy program where we made self-soothe kits one week! You put something in there for each of your five senses, things that either relax you or just give you something neutral to focus on. You can make kits for home, work, your purse, etc.. I just have a little one that lives in my purse, and some of the pieces work for multiple senses:

  • Sight: A piece of paper with a link to /r/rarepuppers ;) I need to print out a couple pictures of my cats, too.
  • Sound: A list of my favorite albums to listen to, or better yet, sing along to, which helps get my breath under control. (You could also use a small bell, tuning fork, something scratchy-sounding, ...)
  • Taste: Fancy dark chocolate with ginger crystals, because the ginger is soothing, and sometimes when I'm stressed it's just because I let myself get hungry.
  • Touch:
    • A rose quartz stone that a close friend gave me, so I can rub it or toss it around. For sight, I can also turn it around under a light and focus on all the different little facets.
    • A massage ring. When I have a really stressful presentation or conversation, I actually put this on beforehand so I can fidget with it half-subtly.
  • Smell: A small vial of a favorite perfume. (Scented lotion is another popular choice.)
u/Palatoglossus · 29 pointsr/chicago

Call me a corporate shill but I use a happy lamp and, I know it's anecdotal, but it makes a huge difference for my mood and energy in the winter months.

You can get a 10,000 lux lamp on amazon for 40-50 dollars. Use it for 30 minutes in the morning while you are drinking your morning coffee. Game changer.

EDIT: Since there were some questions about recommendations, [I use this one.] ( I actually spent quite a bit of time agonizing over what to buy since I have a min-max issue in real life and I have to say I'm happy with it. If I recall, a majority of the negative reviews were regarding the "ionizer" portion of the product which, to be frank, I have no idea about. There is no research to suggest that inhaling ionized air is beneficial. There is plenty of science to support the benefit of these lights for SAD as long as the strength of the light is 10,000 lux. This is important. Again, there is no scientific evidence to support that anything less than this will be beneficial. As with any product, user mileage will vary so I can't, in good conscious, suggest that you buy one of the "higher end" models for 200-400 dollars without knowing if you benefit so this is a good option. Having seen one of the more expensive lights be used in the resident room of the hospital I worked at, I suspect the more expensive ones do the same thing but are more aesthetically pleasing and have a larger spread of light.

As for use, the idea is to expose your skin to the light. I have it sitting on my dining room table so, in the morning while I drink my coffee and surf reddit, it's hitting my face. I use it for 30 minutes a day.

u/bubbaholy · 29 pointsr/lifehacks

That's not true. Light therapy is proven effective. Basically you expose yourself to 10,000 lux worth of high intensity blue-white light for 30-60 minutes. (Our brains are weird.) If you want to move your circadian rhythms earlier, you do it when you get up. Later, and you do it in your evening.

It works in many people. Do it consistently every morning for a couple of weeks and see what happens. I personally use this light (no affiliation) and would recommend it.

u/NurseMcStuffins · 29 pointsr/todayilearned

Get a carbon dioxide alarm? There are mostly carbon monoxide alarms, but looks like you can get either.

Really I guess I'd want a "the oxygen ratio in the air is dangerously low" alarm, a catch all.

I guess you'd need a small e-tank of oxygen too.

Edit: I remembered, safer than an e-tank, is a thing! Who will be laughing when these cans save lives!!!

5th edit, I can't format on mobile, sorry.

u/ZombieDavidBowie · 27 pointsr/GradSchool

Write every day. And it doesn't get easier, it gets harder. My first chapters were easier than my last ones. They didn't take as long. When I went back and looked at them (months later), I thought they were shit, and reworked most of them.

Keep open in a tab the whole time you write--use the thesaurus all the time. Embrace the semicolon. Outline. I hate editing. I hate proofreading. I hate doing things a second time. I forget what I've said before, and what I've said after, and I run the risk of repeating myself. Get that shit right the first time (i realize this conflicts with what I said in my previous paragraph, but I'm comfortable with the contradiction).

Get a timer. 25min. Do work. 5 min break. Rinse, repeat. Do this from 7:00 in the morning until 8:00 at night (work through lunch, work through weekends), and you can cut a dissertation in 2 semesters. I was lucky that I didn't have to work a real job while I was doing it--but I hardly left the house. Get a comfy chair and a happy light. Change your fucking life man.

Go to a good school. Make sure you want to do it. Think about career stuff now. Grad school is boring. Learn how to research. If you can't get articles through your university, learn how to talk to librarians at other universities--I saved a lot of money that way.

And I don't care how much you write right now--it is nowhere near enough.

The wall will come. It comes for everyone. You have to actively fight against hitting it. Law school people, med school people (sorry guys, if you're here)--they like to think they got the market cornered on burnout because they're up studying in groups and shit for tests over inane minutiae (which is cool, we need those people). Now I know it's an apples/oranges game, but it's not like they're pushing out new content. It's the same old bag you've done since primary school--learn, remember, memorize, test (I'm aware of the grave generalizations that I'm making right now)---but what I've been doing, and what you will do too, is a solitary fight, man. Shit's lonely. If there's something wrong with my dissertation, no one can fix it but me. You alone have to answer the questions that you create--and when it's said and done, both have to be critically valid. Stressful shit. Then there's time. There's never enough. I read over 150 books last year, and god knows how many articles. I mean, the primary works bibliography (not secondary sources, mind you) is likely over 8,000 pages of text (comparative study)--the secondary source bib is 15 pages of citations.

tl;dr: just think about it, man. it's a hell of a lot of work.

u/LoSientoMrRoboto · 21 pointsr/SkincareAddiction
I like this one because it's not a plastic eye-sore. Although it only runs for 6-8 hours depending on how full you fill it.

Don't bother buying the next mL size up...its the exact same base as this one but with the fill line drawn up higher...

u/Terrik27 · 17 pointsr/DecidingToBeBetter

Ah, something I'm unfortunately an expert at! Skip to point 3 if you just want to read about the light, I'm pasting in something I wrote on a different thread. I have suffered from really dramatic SAD for years (Minnesota) and have finally got a handle on it.

For me, it revolves around 3 categories: Exercise, Vitamin D, and Light. Especially blue light. Also, I didn't realize until I started really digging into it how poorly researched SAD is. . .

  1. Exercise: The "easiest" one. Getting your heart rate up once a day appears to be very effective in combating depression generally, and seasonal depression specifically. Being a ginormous nerd, I bought a smart trainer to strap my bike into, and cycle fast for 30 minutes every morning through virtual lava fields in Zwift. It definitely seems to help, and I'm no longer 'foggy' in the morning, but I'm still having issues fitting it into my schedule. . . it probably takes 45 minutes more in the morning, total, to fit this in. . .

  2. Vitamin D: My entire family is known to be chronically deficient in Vitamin D, so I supplemented with the suggested dose of 2,000 IU a day for the last year. While getting a blood-test for an unrelated reason, I asked if the doctor could also check my Vitamin D levels, and they were hysterically low, ~14 nmol/L. Normal levels are around 85, and anything below 30 is deficient. With this new knowledge I started dosing with 25,000 iu a day, and noticed an immediate improvement in my mood. I've considered really cranking this up as there seems to be no documented negatives from too much vitamin D (if you drink adequate water, at least) but 25K seems to be working for me.

  3. Light: The tricky one. . .
  • I had a standard "10,000 Lux!" light box that was a hand-me-down from someone who hadn't found it effective. . . I didn't find it effective either. Some research showed that these were only rated at 10,000 lux when you were 8 inches from the light and looking at it. That's not going to happen. This model made no difference at all.

  • Looking around for a DIY solution with many more lumens, I ran across this blog: and This seemed like a good way to go: find the maximum lumens per dollar possible and spend what I could justify. Out came the spreadsheet, and at 183 lumens per dollar, this LED floodlight won the prize: I was thinking of getting 2 or 3, but I've only gotten one so far as a trial. It is SO BRIGHT. I'm intending to mount this over my bike trainer to get a blast of light while exercising. . .

  • Blue light is king, apparently. . . a fairly narrow band of blue (Lower than 540nm) controls the circadian rhythm. In an effort to get enough of the blue wavelength, I tried having a very bright white light at my desk at work. This was ridiculously over-bright, led to a lot of eye-strain, and seemed to have only nominal effectiveness. To try to deal with the 'blue issue' I was going to do two things:
    Wear blue-blocking glasses every night starting 90 minutes before bed. Richard actually got me turned on to these, and they seem to work really well:
    Wire up some LED's in the specific blue wavelength to use at my desk at work. However, I happened to find an (overly expensive) ready to go solution to this from Phillips: This sits on my desk just below my monitor and beams JUST blue light into my face, within my field of vision. I can comfortably have this on for several hours in the morning, and it seems to make a huge difference. I think.
    The light and the glasses seem to agree, as wearing the glasses makes the light very nearly disappear. . .

    TL;DR: Use a LOT of blue light in the morning, block blue light late at night.
u/Firemedic83 · 14 pointsr/whatisthisthing

Q-flex Acupressure Back and Body Massage Tool

u/SkincareQuestions10 · 14 pointsr/StackAdvice

Glutathione (liposomal Setria).

St. John's Wort.

Omega 3 fish oil.

Multivitamin (possibly augment with extra Vitamin D).

Possibly a light-therapy lamp if your symptoms get worse in the winter. That specific model was used by researchers and is proven to make a difference in bipolar depression/seasonal affective disorder symptoms.

A clean diet (heavy on vegetables). Almonds, almond milk, cheerios, salads, marinated chicken breast (you can do it 8+ different ways easy), frozen broccoli (ready in 5 minutes, way easier than fresh and retains more Vitamin C because it wasn't exposed to oxygen), sweet potatoes wrapped in a paper towel and microwaved for 8 minutes. Build up an anti-inflammatory diet for yourself.

Working out. And by that I mean literally one set of 25-50 flutter kicks per day. That's it. Once. Watch how good it makes you feel.

Talking to a therapist weekly if you can afford it; twice a week if possible (Monday and Thursday for example).

(Don't roll your eyes at this one) Getting into comedy movies/stand up specials/comedy series's. Comedy has a proven anti-depressant effect. I recommend Peep Show or Southpark, maybe Family Guy, American Dad, Futurama, etc... Peep Show is my favorite of all time. When I'm at my absolute saddest I watch Peep Show. Anecdotally, I had a friend on my second deployment to Iraq whose GF dumped him. This guy was in the shitter emotionally, I mean bad, he could barely even move and just laid in his bunk staring off into space (especially bad because he was an NCO and could not show weakness in front of lower ranking guys, no matter what, but he was). I didn't know what else to do so I gave him my pirated South Park collection of like the first 12 seasons, and told him to get it back to me whenever he wanted. He gave it back to me like 4 days later and said "Thanks dude..." And I was like "Yeah man, no problem." And he said "No, thanks! You just saved my fucking life." I know I know, "then everybody clapped" but I don't give a flying fuck if anybody believes me other than you because it's real and it happened. I thought hard about putting that anecdote in here because I know nobody will believe it but that's fine with me fuck those people, I'm doing my best to help you and that means being honest no matter who laughs at me.

Finding meaning in life through religion, or (as in my case) philosophy (I'm agnostic big picture), especially ethics (deworming a child of schistosomiasis for one month only costs .50 cents, and a long-lasting insecticide net to prevent malaria for a family of four only costs $2.12. I structure my life around donating).

Treatment resistant depression can be tough. Frankly, I recommend you see a new psychiatrist. Google "treatment resistant depression" and look at your options. Maybe try to find a specialist in TMS.

(I don't mean this in a condescending way, but) Adding more gratitude to your life (eg: okay, I'm ugly (probably not true, or not as bad as you think) and poor and dumb (probably not true, or not as bad as you think) and my dog just died, but at least I didn't die an excruciatingly painful death at age 9 in the Congo.)

Frankly, I don't see you curing your treatment resistant depression with any nootropic stack.

I have bipolar disorder and the depressive phases are so terrible that I'm literally haunted by horrible delusions of how my whole family hates me and I'm going to be arrested any second because I never paid that toll booth fine from 2 years ago and I should just kill myself to spare my family the shame and I'm wasting my entire life and potential and I'm a textbook failure etc... Hearing the voice of a woman crying (hallucination) and knowing it's because I'm a failure, seeing weird shit in my peripheral vision that isn't there and thinking I'm going crazy, but still having enough insight to know it's from the bipolar disorder and knowing I'll never get better and even if I do I will be senile at age 60 from the medication because I can already feel it happening, etc... So I know what you're going through.

Personally, I only use a multivitamin, glutathione, talk therapy, a clean diet, some exercise, my code of ethics (gives me meaning), my cat (prevents me from getting lonely), and my psychiatrist's medication/ideas. I still crash hard at least once a year for 3 months in the Fall/Winter time (I will be trying my new light therapy lamp soon) but in all honesty that ain't too bad for bipolar disorder. I have not used St. John's Wort but I know it helped a friend of mine. I no longer use fish oil because it's too expensive. TBH the glutathione is fucking incredible for me. Absolutely amazing. That and the multivitamin are absolutely essential. I literally feel like I'm dying without them (and not from a place of anxiety, but feeling drained and having no energy, drained from my core, from inside my cells). Anyway.

Best of luck fam.

u/touched_by_uncle · 13 pointsr/pettyrevenge

As a squeamish female that lives on her own and is plagued with motherfucking Brown Recluse's on a daily basis this is the safest way to keep everything out of the house. Plus, your house will smell amazing.

u/extra_wbs · 13 pointsr/Finland

I have several friends that live in Finland, so I get to go and stay for free. I spent about 4 days in Rovaniemi for skiing last year. As an American looking over the side of the bridge and seeing a partially submerged speed limit sign, I thought, "Huh. The road has been flooded by the adjacent river and frozen over." Nope. They turned part of the river in a road. The river road speed limit is about 20 mph. :)

Useful information, VITAMIN D and a sun lamp are your friends. I used this sunlamp while living in Northern France. Seasonal Depression is a real thing and it blows.

Like the kind Finnish redditor mentioned, Finns don't generally do small talk. This is almost always true. Fight the urge to chit chat American style.

Also, learn sauna etiquette as saunas are very important in Finnish culture. Your board shorts in the pool and shower aren't going to fly. There is nothing better than beer and a sauna.

Speaking of beer, Finland has some great beer, but you may have to look around for it. I've some excellent beers in Finland which had complex flavors.

Remember that you are in Europe. Travel is relatively cheap once you get there, but living up north may make it a little more inconvenient and / or expensive.

Sign up for a VR account -national rail system. You can get some excellent deals.

Good luck and have fun!

u/mguzman011 · 13 pointsr/teenagers

There are some lights that help combat this.

One of my teachers had one in a class with no windows and it was pretty nice.

u/HeyWow · 13 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes

Have you considered trying light therapy? I used to get gloomy and sleepy all winter. I bought that in December and started using it every morning, it made a world of difference in my mood and energy level. There is some scientific evidence behind them, though its not definitive. Who knows maybe it was just placebo effect for me, but it made me feel so much better.

u/nauticalmile · 13 pointsr/gundeals

Pair it with one of these

You'll thank me later.

u/splat-blam · 12 pointsr/Indiemakeupandmore

I would suggest getting a wax melter and buying soy wax chips on Amazon in bulk. You can add your perfume directly into some chips (just a few drops after you had a handful of chips to the wax melter) and it will make your house smell just as amazing as you! (and you don't need to spend a ton more money) I found linen sprays really don't last that long (scent wise). Alternatively, you can also add drops of perfume to a diffuser. :D

u/aasteveo · 12 pointsr/headphones

Thanks for all the replies!! My OCD took over, and I compiled a list of every single pair mentioned by someone who uses them to sleep in. In this thread and the one I posted on r/AudioEngineering Check 'em out.

Acoustic Sheep SleepPhones - $40 for standard, $100 for wireless.

Pillow Sonic Pillow Speaker - $15

BedPhones - $54

Koss SparkPlug - $16

Senn HD280 - $100

PSC Softies Headphone Cover - $18

Beyer 770 - $230

Beyer 990 - $265

Bose QC15 - $270

Bose QC20 - $300

Shure SE215-K - $97

Shure SE315-K - $200

Shure SE535 - $440

Aurisonics Rockets - $100ish

Vsonic GR07BE - $130

Klipsch S4 - $120

HIFI Man RE-400 - $100

RHA MA750 - $120

sony 7506 - $85

Philips SHE3590GY/28 - $10

Koss KSC75 - $15

Ear Hero - $150

Sensaphonics 2max - $850

u/thecrabbyzeneth · 12 pointsr/funny on mobile, so I’m not sure this will work but this is the one I have. It’s just one of the cheapest on amazon and it gets the job done.

u/linguinee · 11 pointsr/explainlikeimfive

It's $160 on Amazon. When I go to that page, I also see a coupon for $10 off, so it would be $150.

u/punkyr978 · 11 pointsr/vancouver

I have this SAD lamp. Works on a timer and it is nice to wake up to. Other than that, I like to bike everywhere and always book a trip (even if it is only small) in February for something to look forward to.

Good luck!

u/attunezero · 11 pointsr/GetOutOfBed

Keep your curtains open. Try low dose time release melatonin (or Valarian root) to help you get to bed early. I like this. Use Sleep As Android to set an alarm that will wake you up in a light phase of sleep so you feel refreshed. After waking up use a blue light device (or get some sunshine for awhile) to help reset your sleep rhythm. Also if you live in a cold/dark/cloudy area try a vitamin D supplement. These are things that have helped me get into a healthy sleep schedule, hope it helps you!

u/geoffalan · 10 pointsr/askTO

Try one of these lamps. Works for me. Verilux VT10WW1 HappyLight Liberty Compact Light Therapy Lamp

u/rossa8 · 9 pointsr/WWU

Try a Happy Light

We learned about them in psychology class. They simulate the sun and give you the energy boost you need in the winter. Winter can be hard on people here in the PNW because it gets to be pretty dark and never really lights up till Spring.

u/budpickens · 8 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

Pillow speakers are a pretty good solution, but I just hook my stuff up to a nice speaker dock across the room.

u/kuruptlon · 8 pointsr/Music

My mom got me this Nature Bright one as a gift (she knew I get bummed out in the fall/winter). I didn’t do any research to see how it compares to others, but I’ve had it for a few years and am very happy with it.

Highly recommend a light box to help offset the season change.

Note: I don’t use the ion therapy feature as I heard some questionable things about that.

Nature Bright Light

u/monycaw · 8 pointsr/Seattle

I have this Philips goLite Blu with the timer/clock function. Whether I'm particularly happy or not... well... maybe I'm like this year round. ;)

u/must_warn_others · 8 pointsr/Nootropics

I use this one. I'm not sure if it's the best one but it has lasted 7 years, is travel-friendly and it has a good alarm clock function (with an optional audio alarm).

u/elegy · 8 pointsr/todayilearned

I am affected by Seasonal Affection Disorder, my mind functions at an all time low during the winter time. Gives a true meaning to the winter blues. They sell lights that mimic the sun, just look up "SAD Light" on Amazon or something. I try to spend 30 minutes in front of it every morning during the winter. Unfortunately since I enjoy sleep so much I'm not always awake in time to use it before work and it only works for me if I stay consistent. Still, it might be something you'd like to look into. This is the light I use.

u/HootieRT · 8 pointsr/muacjdiscussion

Ask away! I use this lamp in this model. Every doctor at my psych clinic has this one on their desk to show patients as it's the one they recommend. I also have one of the mini models that I sort of just use for reading but I figured it couldn't hurt to get another one.

So I actually have bipolar disorder and am medicated and attend therapy regularly, so YMMV depending on your other treatments but I'll describe my experience anyway:

Excluding the periods of absolute total bottom, I very much felt like the lamp was helpful, but didn't realize it while I was in it. At first it was kind of like, ok, I'm using it now, why am I still sad this thing sucks. Then I realized when I used it in the morning I was able to put on two matching socks and other seemingly menial tasks that are out of the realm of possibility for someone with major depression.

If anything, it at least wakes you up in the morning and helps regulate your circadian rhythm, if you can find the will to roll out of bed and flip it on. Takes some of the misery out of being awake when it's cold and dark and shitty.

This got SO long but let me know if you have any other questions, I'm happy to help. Oh also if you're manic-depressive talk to your pdoc about this first before you start on an I LOVE LAMP wild ride.

u/LazyG · 7 pointsr/relationships

A fan for white noise? Radio instead of TV? Can even get one of those under-pillow speakers so you don't hear it. Like this.

In the end she is conditioned not addicted, she can chose to get over it. I was like that for a while but i decided to stop, and it was fine after a few days,

u/[deleted] · 7 pointsr/BPD

Now, for what has helped me:

  • Get yourself on a regular sleep schedule: Sleep is incredibly important for mood disorders. Force yourself to go to bed at a regular time, even if you're not tired, and set an alarm in the morning. You want to sleep in 90-minute increments to align yourself with your sleep cycle. 9 hours a night is ideal. 7.5 is acceptable. Try not to get less than 6.

  • Buy a light lamp: I bought this one. They help to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) by telling your mind to wake up when it's morning but there's no sun outside.

  • Download f.lux: f.lux is a program that reduces the blue light in your computer when the sun goes down. Blue light inhibits melatonin production, and melatonin is what makes us feel tired and prepares us for sleep.

  • Buy orange-tinted construction glasses: As with f.lux, these will stop blue wavelength light from entering your eyes, encouraging melatonin production. These are relatively cheap, and a great investment. Wear them for two hours before you go to bed.

  • Make your room completely dark when you sleep: Dark therapy has had very limited study but very positive outcomes.

  • Supplement with omega-3: Omega-3 and omega-6 are the essential fatty acids that our bodies need to function, and the ratio between the two is crucial to how they help us. On a Western diet, we consume a lot of omega-6 but little omega-3. To counteract this, buy a supplement. Fish oil is a common one that is cheap and effective. If you are a vegetarian, buy Ovega-3 instead. The Japanese eat a lot of fish and have less depression. Also consider taking a multivitamin. They are not very expensive and can help to supplement a lot of vitamins and minerals that our diets lack.

  • Exercise: Check out /r/bodyweightfitness for strength training. If you buy a door-frame pullup bar, which is about $20, you can do a complete workout without having to buy a gym membership. Running for 30 minutes a day also alleviates depression, and the pace can be incredibly slow. Go at whatever pace you're comfortable at. They say that you want to be able to hold a conversation as you run and not be winded.

  • Meditate: A good book is The Mindful Way Through Depression.

  • Take cold showers: There was one study that said cold showers may combat depression. My thinking is that the shock from the cold water helps wake us up, as depression is often a lethargic feeling.

  • Consider /r/nofap : I am putting this one last because the verdict is largely out on its long-term effects. However, abstaining from masturbation for 1 to 3 weeks increases testosterone, after which it levels off to slightly above base. In my experience, periods where I cut out masturbation and porn made me more social and energetic.

    I have run out of time and haven't sourced as much as I wanted to, but this will give you a good idea of things you can do to improve your life. Please note that none of this is pseudoscience: The important themes are sleep, diet, and exercise. I won't lie to you and tell you that my life is perfect, but these have all helped me tremendously, and I can say that my life is rapidly going in the direction that I want it to.

    One last thing. Your post caught my eye because you mentioned lithium orotate. I've seen the discussions you're talking about. It seems that lithium is a trace mineral that our diets may be lacking. As for its medicinal purposes specifically to counteract what you mentioned above, I am not sure how effective it is. I have taken them before, ranging from one to four 5 mg pills a day, and they seemed to help, but it was difficult for me to tell how much was the lithium and how much was everything else I had been doing. I want to stress that I believe your current change in mood is because you've found an alternative that you believe is safe and effective, not necessarily because of the lithium itself. This is not to discourage you in any way -- I do think you should continue taking the LiOro, at least for a few weeks -- but do be vigilant against a negative turn that may be coming.
u/corndogsareeasy · 7 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Sure! This is my little buddy. He sits on my vanity propped up on some books, and I turn it on in the morning while I do my skincare routine and drink my coffee. I usually do a minimum of 20 minutes when the weather is or will be grey for several days, but try to get more like 45 when I can. And you don't have to stare into the light for the whole time, which is nice, so if you like to check your email (or let's be real, Reddit) in the morning, it's a great little quiet time for that too.

u/localgyro · 7 pointsr/AskWomen

That's the hope! It's this one -- I got it last weekend and am giving it a try. The combination of darker days outside and work being rather dismal right now had me despairing.

u/modLang · 7 pointsr/infj

I've felt the same pattern my whole life. I chalk it up to S.A.D. - Seasonal Affective Disorder. Do some research to see if it rings any bells for you.

I bought this light on Amazon and surprisingly it helps when I'm working from home in the grey days of winter. After 30 minutes or so I feel a subtle giddy "who gives a fuck" feeling floating around my brain. Makes me jump up from my desk and do silly things around the house. Weird but whatevs. I've also started taking vitamin D supplements and try to get a few minutes of sun on my face whenever I can.

But it's spring now! My favorite time of year so yay
Hope you find a way to feel better next winter.

u/ktwoart · 7 pointsr/Seattle

I have this Philips GoLITE and I'm convinced it makes a difference. I'm not sure if it's placebo, but I always feel a lot better after work and sleep more soundly on the days I use it for half an hour.

u/terrydowne · 7 pointsr/UIUC

I have SAD, so feel free to message me if you'd like to talk more about this!

Here are things that have helped me:

  1. Light therapy. You can get a lamp for pretty cheap on Amazon and it has really helped me get going in the mornings during the dark days of winter. Use it in the mornings or in the middle of the day while you're studying. This is the one I use:

  2. Diet. I know it can be hard if you're a student, but doing what you can to eat a balanced diet in the winter is super important. Make sure you're eating enough, getting enough lean protein and vegetables and avoid sugar and caffeine when you can. Try to avoid alcohol when you can, too. The caffeine thing is the hardest for me, because I'm so sluggish in the winter and feel like I need it to function. I've found that using my SAD lamp helps me wake up without coffee. Look into supplements/vitamins. When I was diagnosed with SAD, I was living in France and my psychiatrist was BIG on supplements and suggested I take some magnesium, Omega-3, and Vitamin D supplements. I encourage you to do some research and talk to your doctor, of course, but I've personally found Vitamin D supplements to be very helpful. I did a blood test when I was seeing that psych and it turned out I had crazy low Vitamin D levels at the time (like, just slightly above "your body is in shambles" level) so I've made it a point to make sure I'm getting enough Vitamin D every winter.

  3. Exercise. If you're a student, try to take advantage of the ARC/CRCE. I know it's hard when you're not feeling energetic/motivated, but even just 20-30 minutes on a stationary bike might be helpful. If you can't get to the gym, get some cheap resistance bands online and spend some time each day when you get home just moving your body around.

    I know a lot of these things are easier said than done - it's hard to force yourself to cook a healthy meal or go to the gym when you feel like you can't get out of bed. But making these things a habit has done wonders for me. I still experience symptoms and I doubt it'll ever go away, but these small lifestyle changes you can incorporate into your routine that will make a huge difference.
u/thefirststoryteller · 6 pointsr/mentalhealth

Bought my fiancee this one and it really did wonders until she put it away during spring cleaning. Now we just need to figure out where it is....

u/MarkJay2 · 6 pointsr/AskNYC

Verilux HappyLight Compact Personal, Portable Light Therapy Energy Lamp

These kind of light boxes are supposed to be work wonders for seasonal depression. Might wind up getting myself one..I hate fall and winter.

u/haoleboykailua · 6 pointsr/Seattle

My parents bought me a “happy light” when I first started feeling the winters. I think it helped... but I found that exercise was the real noticeable difference.

u/ThatsJustUn-American · 6 pointsr/Nootropics

Keep in mind most mood lamps are anemic. So you are comparing to something that itself probably isn't effective. Some are rated at 10,000 lux at 6 inches. Many don't even provide complete specs so you just don't know. It's not practical to slap a mood lamp 6 inches in front of your face anyway.

The lamp I use is this. It's affordable, rated at 12", has been clinically proven, and easy to position above your eyes -- which we think is important. Also, the wavelength is important. It's blue light which is effective. Reds don't seem to have much of an effect. There is information on that specific lamp here as well as a ton of other info on how to effectively use mood lamps. All backed by research and cited.

As an aside, that site is probably the best site I'm aware of for info about sleep, mood disorder, anxiety, and general brain cooties. It's about bipolar but much of it applies to other mental health issues as well.

u/General_Shou · 6 pointsr/Swimming

When I swam competitively (multiple practices adding up to 5-10 km daily) I would always cramp all over during practice (hand, ham, quad, foot, calf, neck, etc). I also always had muscle spasms and twitches through out the day. Everyone always said "drink more water or Gatorade" or "eat bananas" so I did, but it wouldn't get any better.

After testing a bunch of stuff out over a couple years I found two things, aside from rest, that worked for me to reduce the symptoms. They were drinking Accelerade (a sports drink with protein and carbs) during practice and taking Natural Calm magnesium supplements (before and after). Turns out that athletes that undergo high volume chronic training loads are at risk for several nutrient deficiencies like [magnesium](, vitamin D or zinc so watch out.

Oh and if you ever have trouble with knotting in your back, I suggest buying one of these back massage tools or laying/rolling on a lacrosse ball. They both will hurt like hell while you use them but it's worth it.

u/NeverEnufWTF · 6 pointsr/Whatisthis
u/knoberation · 6 pointsr/AskReddit

Buy a pillow speaker. Listen to audio books, podcasts, calming music, whatever. As long as it helps you take your mind off other things. My biggest problem getting to sleep was my thoughts wandering too much, and ever since I got a pillow speaker (2 years ago) I haven't had that problem.

u/antiaging4lyfe · 6 pointsr/depression

This is the unit I bought, cheapest and best reviews:

If you are affected by change in weather I'm sure this therapy could help you. I mean it seems like a no brainer.. the 'right' light hitting the optic nerve produces serotonin = we feel better. If it's sunny out I just read out side with my face to the sun, but any cloudy days I'm on this light big time or I slip off the rails again.

u/arrialexa · 6 pointsr/Nootropics

I've had success using light therapy in combination with supplementation to fix my circadian rhythm disorder and SAD. I used this light therapy in the mornings, supplemented with vit B12 and vit D3 in the mornings, and melatonin at night. I also use St. John's Wort 300mg 2x/day in the winter for my SAD.

u/upatstars · 6 pointsr/AskWomen

My doctor uses this one in her office. This site has info on lots of different brands.

u/GildedGilly · 6 pointsr/toastme

I use this one:

I notice a difference with one or two days.

u/DesolationRobot · 6 pointsr/InteriorDesign

A note on his option C is that we've been trained that indoor light is 2700-3000K. We call that "warm white". Anything higher than that reminds us not generally of the sun, but of large laboratories or warehouses and harsh fluorescent light. It's just a subconscious thing. But easy to try: buy one bulb and see how you like it. IMO, it will look very cold, almost blue. But maybe you like that.

They do make lamps to simulate daylight for people with Seasonal Affected Disorder. Maybe check out products like this.

u/sweetpea122 · 6 pointsr/bipolar

I have the Verilux. Its basically a lamp that provides a light similar to sunlight. The only worry is mania, but Im more depressed than manic so it hasnt been an issue for me.

I do about 30 min when I do it and sometimes a bit on the lower setting if Im dragging in the afternoon. It's on amazon. This is the kind I have link here

u/TreeTopFairy · 5 pointsr/CPTSD

One of these:

It really does help me. This is the one my doctor recommended.

u/linlorienelen · 5 pointsr/funny

Hello! Have you looked into getting some sort of sunlamp to help you out? I live in SoCal, so this sort of thing is not an issue, but I hear these can be useful, along with full-spectrum lights.

u/jsmith50 · 5 pointsr/BipolarReddit

>I know it's not as good as medicine.

There haven't been as many studies as with many drugs, but so far the research is at least suggesting they're as good or better than most antidepressants. So good, in fact, that you have to watch out for mania. Using them in the middle of the day seems to reduce this risk, but again, not a lot of research.

>I am having financial issues and it's kind of expensive

This one seems pretty reasonable:

u/faytality · 5 pointsr/chicago
u/JustBrowsinAtWork · 5 pointsr/Music

I just find that the amount of vitamin D I get in a multivitamin is sufficient. My girlfriend and I both suffer from SAD and got a light therapy lamp two winters ago. It's been amazing. This is the one we use.

u/DemigoDDotA · 5 pointsr/DotA2

So I can't really do much about the dota, but I can recommend that there are sun lamps that exist

basically the idea is that they give UV rays that similate sun exposure, you're only supposed to use it ~30 min per day. Heres the one i went with.

u/bandg3ek1993 · 5 pointsr/climbing

For a book, any local guidebook would be great. Even if they don't get outdoors too much yet it would at least be something to get them psyched to get out. I remember winning a Rocktown guidebook (not that that is really local for Florida) at a comp at my university climbing tower before ever climbing outdoors and it got me stoked and I planned a trip as soon as I could.

Also get them some robot buttholes!

u/platypuslost · 5 pointsr/Nanny

If it’s not on Amazon Prime, I’m not interested! 😂

I have this little guy and it works just fine!

u/hellamellow · 5 pointsr/hsp

A light for seasonal affective disorder has been a life saver for me!

When it’s gloomy out, and we have less exposure to the sun’s rays, our bodies produce less serotonin. I think we HSPs are often especially affected by this, I know I get super blue when it’s dark all day. I get really tired, too.

Light therapy has really worked for me and I’m glad I found it! I highly recommend getting a lamp for light therapy. There are a bunch on amazon. Here’s their best seller’s description:

Our brain’s chemistry and body clock are affected by light, and light stimulates hormones and neurotransmitters that greatly influence our overall feelings of well-being. Bright light exposure early in the day stimulates our body's production of serotonin (which improves mood and happiness) and regulates melatonin in the evening (which promotes sleep). Adding a HappyLight to your daily routine allows you to stimulate the production of these important hormones naturally, to keep your body running like clockwork.

I use one that’s also an alarm clock. It gradually wakes me up with a “sunrise” and sounds of birds chirping, so nice :)

I hope you give it a try and feel a boost in your mood and energy! <3

u/practicing_english · 5 pointsr/getdisciplined

The "don't go to sleep for a night and go to bed early the next day" advice won't work for you if you have Delayed Phase Sleep Syndrome.

The only solution that worked for me (and my situation was almost desperate) was changing my eating patterns (particularly the timing) and avoiding blue light spectrum after sunset. Your body should associate light + socializing + food with the time of the day you should be awake. If you stay in front of your computer at night watching videos and eating the brain and body think it's daytime and your schedule will get really messed up.

  1. The blue light spectrum blocks the realease of melatonin and interferes with your sleep patterns. Buy blueblock glasses (
    and wear them after sunset if you are at home (it is very important to avoid watching computer and mobile screens in the evenings before bedtime...I do it anyways but ALWAYS wear the glasses). Upon waking up, go for ten minutes under the sun, or get the room very bright (you can buy a blue light spectrum device such as

  2. If you need a miracle: Do a 16 hour fast before your intended awaking time to reset your circadian rythm. Then eat immediately upon waking up. (This guy explains it better than me:

    In theory one day should be enough. One day didn't work for me, but I have severe Delayed Phase Sleep Syndrome, my situation was desperate, and nothing worked...this literally changed my life. I did it for several days. Usually nowadays I don't eat after 18:30pm. if I'm at home. and I eat as soon as I'm awake

    Apologies for my English. If this helped you, please help me improve my English by correcting my mistakes.

u/Plemer · 5 pointsr/BlackPeopleTwitter

Not OP, but I use:

I've done the research. This is full spectrum and as good as it gets in the US.

Technically 10 - 15 minutes a day is all you need, but I just leave it on at my desk.

u/fusilli_zaitsev · 4 pointsr/Gunpla

To further your point a bit, I'd suggest a therapy lamp. I don't suffer from seasonal depression per se, but I do notice an uptick in energy with these types of lamps. I don't think you should use lamps like these all day long, but an hour or two here and there while modeling seems to be a good amount.

u/kylorenunderwear · 4 pointsr/littlespace

There's a special lamp on Amazon that's supposed to help with SAD, here's a link.

u/cheerful_cunt · 4 pointsr/xxfitness

There are a few things that have helped me, but your mileage may vary.

  1. controlling caffeine intake. I need to stop drinking coffee by 4 to go to sleep at 11 and get good sleep. My tolerance for caffeine is extremely high though, so lots of people need to stop caffeine intake earlier.

  2. hydration. It's a difficult balance because I need to be very well hydrated, but not getting up to pee at night. Usually, dowining my 24oz bottle of water 2-3 hours before bed does the trick. Two of them if I didn't drink much that day.

  3. This is my best tip. This is the tip that made me to from taking hours to fall asleep and getting shit sleep afterwards to falling asleep on the way to my bed and waking up the freshest woman alive (slight exaggeration, but only slight). Lights they use to treat seasonal depression. I got myself one and set it in my periferal vision for 30-60min while I drink my coffee first thing in the morning. This was the one I got: (Edit in case anyone doesn't read further in the thread: /u/stoppage_time brought up the fact that this could be dangerous for someone with bipolar tendencies - mania is a possible side effect. Worked out well for me, but I have depressive tendencies; talk to your doctor first!)

    Bonus point: I found that anything more than one alcoholic drink messes with my sleep a lot. Still worth it occasionally, but it's now a conscious trade off for me.

    Edit: oh my do I make a lot of mistakes typing on my phone
u/dexterbarsinister · 4 pointsr/LifeProTips

Here's another tip - the lamp does not have to be full-spectrum. It only has to have the blue wavelengths. So you can get something like this, for instance, and it will still work fine. (The retinal neurons that project to circadian areas only have the blue photoreceptor, not red or green.)

u/Wonder-Cat · 4 pointsr/Indiemakeupandmore

I bought a diffuser on amazon for around $20 and use it frequently with perfume oils I like, but I don't like on my skin. It works great and a little oil goes a long way!

u/goodtalker · 4 pointsr/MakeupRehab

Not exactly a makeup/skincare recommendation, but do you have a humidifier you love? I have one that says it creates an "invisible mist," but I've been running it for 5 days straight in my bedroom and the water level hasn't dropped AT ALL. Humidity level doesn't feel like it has changed at all in the room--I still wake up with a dry, tight face and a dry, bloody nose.

It's been a while since I've shopped for one, and I'm honestly overwhelmed by the options. They all look so different now! Bonus points for one that's not gigantic, hideous, or super loud.

u/vaanjie · 4 pointsr/PMDD

I use the app Flo in order to track my PMDD and take HTP-5 and ashwagandha root capsules during those two weeks. I feel like they help my cravings, anxiety, and depression. I have been prescribed Prozac for depression and anxiety since I was 13, and I make sure not to forget taking it (my dosage remains the same).

At night I have trouble falling asleep, so I take these magnesium supplements a few hours before bedtime. I also try to meditate for at least 5 minutes every night using the app Insight Timer. It helps me with impulse control and not overreacting to things. All of this took many years to figure out. I hope you find something that brings relief!

EDIT: I didn't know there were any possible reactions of HTP-5 and antidepressants, but apparently the main warning for supplements containing 5HTP is “do not consume if you’re taking antidepressant drugs.” It can lead to serotonin syndrome.

I'm going to stop taking HTP-5 for now and just take the ashwagandha root supplements, which don't seem to have negative interactions with antidepressants. Let me know if I'm wrong.

u/HornsOfApathy · 4 pointsr/marriedredpill

No idea if this is safe for you, but it works for me. Only side effects are if I take too much Ash it can cause itching. I've also gotten a bottle of it before (different brand) that made me itchy as fuck.

If anyone out there has suggestions or improvements, happy to take them!

Total cost ~ $150/m

Morning, 8:30am

  • 1200mg Ashwagandha
  • 1 TBSP Pine Pollen Tincure (under tounge)
  • 600mg Ibuprofen
  • 2 capsules Testworx (B6, B12, Zinch, Niacin) + (Tribulus Terrestris, L-Argentine HCL, Maca Root, Stinging Needle, LJ100)
  • 2 capsules Irwin Naturals Libido + Test booster (Ashwagandha based)
  • 3 capsules Psyllium Fiber (to help with 200g+ daily of protein intake)

    Evening, 8:30pm

  • 600mg Ashwagandha
  • 1 TBSP Pine Pollen
  • 400mg Ibuprofen (as needed)
  • 1 capsule Irwin Naturals
  • 2 capsules Psyllium Fiber
  • 1 tsp Creatine Mono-Hydrate (if not lifting that day)
  • 5mg Cialis daily (for enhanced fun – not for need - got an online doc)


    Edit: I forgot the best side effect of this stack: my cum is fucking massive. Every single fucking day. Easily 4x what it was before. Sometimes if I go a 3 days without cumming you need to grab a towel, not a rag. Fuck the old dribbly small amounts that clumped together before, I can shoot this shit everywhere and it has great viscosity for full facials.
u/Laglassey · 4 pointsr/Winnipeg


Tip number 1: Don't worry about it! You'll survive.

Tip number 2: Get good gear. I can't stress enough how important it is to have a good parka, mitts, boots and toque. When I was a teenager, I used to try and be super cool by not wearing proper gear and guess what? I froze. It sucked, and I hated winter. If you can't afford a fresh batch of new gear, layer up. Not being terrified of going outside everytime you need to run the garbage to the curb is going to help your mental state immensely.

Tip number 3: Get outside! It sounds weird, but if you get out and do stuff, it helps you enjoy the winter, instead of just associating it with cold, darkness and being cooped up. I like to go skating at the outdoor rinks 3-4 times a week, and ice fish whenever I can. You can also go sledding, cross-country skiing, Festival du Voyageur, or a ton of other things!

Tip number 4: If you're susceptible to SAD, get a light therapy lamp. I hate the darkness, and find that it really wears me down by around January. These lamps mimic sunlight, which gets your body to produce endorphins.

If you have any questions about cool stuff to do, or anything else about Winnipeg, please ask away!

u/ketocorral · 4 pointsr/ADHD

HAHA, I have also self diagnosed myself with this. Good old Google. A constant resource for the hypochondriacs!

I use a therapy light in the mornings to mid afternoon to help combat this (especially in the winter when I'm totally thrown off schedule) - these are the two I recommend:

Both well worth the money in my opinion. I use the little one at work and when I travel, and I use the larger one at home.

u/sienihemmo · 4 pointsr/LifeProTips

Finland gets very little sunlight in the winter, so bright therapy lamps are popular here. You could try those.

Here's a quick example of such a lamp:

There are also alarm clock models if you want it to turn on as you're waking up, here's an example:

u/sordidpelican · 4 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Well, I don't know exactly how helpful this is, but I purchased this light on Amazon two years ago. I use it every day for 45 minutes, and it is still going strong. It is not particularly handsome, but I do think it looks better than many other models out there and it is small enough to put away in a cabinet when you are done with it.

u/lindygrey · 4 pointsr/BipolarReddit

This is the one I use. Light therapy has been around forever but there aren't a lot of studies. Probably because there isn't a way to monetize it.

Some doctors will tell you that you have to wait till fall to start but that's never proven true for me. When I start feeling depressed (no mixed states, make sure you know the difference! It can make mixed states worse) I spend 10 minutes with the light 12 inches or less from my face around noon. I can increase to 12 minutes after a week and to 15 after another. Not more than that as it can cause mania.

I went to doctor after doctor who prescribed extremely expensive newly minted drugs, later I looked up the amount each of them took from pharmacutical companies and they all had taken something, one took $118,000 in 12 months! When I went to a local Depression Center that had a policy against taking pharma gifts is when someone finally suggested the light and fantastically it worked. I still take drugs but I take far fewer and older drugs that are much cheaper now. When I think of all the years and money I wasted . . .

I'll never go to a doctor who accepts free samples or gifts or speaking fees from pharma companies. They say it doesn't affect what they prescribe but I call bullshit.

u/Vermonter802 · 4 pointsr/vermont

Hello, sorry you have had such a tough time here, and that people are not social to you. As a fourth generation Vermonter, I just want to say welcome to Vermont. I wish you had it better here. Also, it is what you make of it. Taxes, and stuff are undoubtedly high, everything here is except peoples pay. It is getting worse as time goes on too. Also, you may be suffering from a lack of sunlight, a buddy of mine has one of these:

and it helps him with getting through the winter, you should give it a try.


I mean no ill feelings, and wish you the best of luck. We are not all unfriendly here.

u/advintaged · 4 pointsr/bipolar

I'm in the same place right now, so I figured if I can look outside myself for a minute and and focus on something to help you, I might feel better.

  • Search "positive affirmations" in YouTube ( I like Honest Guys and Jason Stephenson)
  • Use an essential oils diffuser or candle for aromatherapy
  • I use light therapy every morning with natural sunlight or
    Nature Light Therapy Box
  • Pet your dog (or get one to pet)
  • Read about alternative methods such as Kratom or CBD oil. (Tell your pdoc about any supplements or herbal treatments you use.)
  • Color or doodle/ bullet journal (Search Pinterest for ideas)
  • Get outside of your head for a minute and see if you can help someone else.

    [There now...I do feel better]
u/moongazr · 4 pointsr/xxfitness

Thank you for asking this, and confirming that I am not (too) crazy. I live in the upper Midwest and I've experienced SAD before but never this started with a BANG about a week ago for me.

I decided to try these things:

up my Vit C and D intake

get outside for at least 15 mins/day WITHOUT SUNGLASSES (I just read your eye needs to see a certain light
spectrum for light therapy to work, and sunglasses block that!)

Exercise daily, if even for only 15 min

Focused more on tidying up my house...when I am depressed I let it get insanely cluttered from not putting things away, and that feeds the depression and the stuck feeling.

On my next days off, go for a drive to a nearby state park and walk in the fall leaves with my dog.

Ate a LOT of Halloween candy...I would not recommend this one!

*If people ask me how I am today, I don't lie. I tell them truthfully, I've been a little down lately. You would be surprised the responses you get and how it can separate people into 2 groups... "probably a good friend" and "probably an A-hole" even if you don't know them that well.

I am also CONSIDERING one of those SAD therapy lights but have not decided if I should get a white-light one or a blue-light one because of differing opinions. I also work in a windowless office and do not get a lunch break on my 10-12 hour shifts, and I am thinking of getting a battery powered SAD light so that I can place it at my desk. This one is the only one I've found:

Hope you feel better...remember the worst part of it WILL pass, just give the sunlight thing a week or so to start working. :-)

u/7121958041201 · 4 pointsr/AskMen

Nope, but I do have both :) those salt rock lamps look pretty cool. You might hear SAD lamps called light boxes, they look like this and are basically ridiculously bright lights that make your body think the sun is up.

u/Bread_Design · 4 pointsr/LifeProTips

Buy a sun lamp! You can find them on amazon for ~$70. It changed my life when I got it. The first time I used it for 45 minutes at work, and for the rest of the day I just couldn't stop laughing at stuff. It was extremely odd because I was just smiling and feeling good. My friend bought one before I did, and told me about how absolutely amazing it was. He had always been dealing with depression and ever since he got one he said he's been so much better. He wakes up in the morning (around 5:45 for work) and uses it for 30-45 minutes while he brushes his teeth and gets ready.

It also warns how you shouldn't use it within 3 hours of going to bed because it'll mess with your sleep schedule.

It's also super great for the real busy/lazy. I use it for 45 minutes a day while I'm gaming or at work.

edit: this is the link to the one I have.

u/inthenebula · 4 pointsr/femalefashionadvice

Absolutely! Light boxes work for shift workers as well! This is the one I got, it's $50 CAD at my Costco but still reasonably priced elsewhere considering the positive reviews.

u/the_dan_man · 4 pointsr/whatisthisthing
u/DasDopeDoe · 4 pointsr/climbing

10 months in... 5.12c... 2 finger pockets... this sounds like a recipe for disaster. Your fingers aren't there yet, even though you might be.


u/twp913 · 3 pointsr/BabyBumps

I have one of these and I watch Netflix or tv on my laptop that I put on my nightstand.

I put it right in my pillow on the bottom so that it doesnt wake up the husband. Staying in bed helps me fall back to sleep a LITTLE easier. I find if I get up and do something, then Im screwed when I have to be up at 6:30am for work.

I figure Im averaging 3-4 hours of sleep a night. Good practice for when baby is here I guess!

u/wideeyedphoenix · 3 pointsr/Adoption

Thank you so much. I have known the kind of situation I came from and have always vowed to myself I won't ever get there. I try to make my parents proud as they have given me everything and I don't want to waste their efforts. I am so grateful of my opportunities and the perspective most of all.

I am so sorry to hear about your seasonal depression disorder. It's finally being understood about how bad it can really be. Have you tried any of those UV lights now available? I know they are a little pricey, but if it's as debilitating as it is for you, it won't hurt to try. Here is just the first one that popped up. It's helped many people with your condition. Amazon SAD Light

u/PartyPenguin · 3 pointsr/Accounting

It's all the sunlight he'll see.

u/Workasaurus · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

No anxiety here, just depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD/Winter Blues).

In short, things that help me:

  • Artificial sunlight lamps like this for the SAD
  • A 'baby' dose (10 mg/day) of generic Prozac provides me an almost imperceptible surge in motivation, which I completely lack when depressed. Zero side effects for me.
  • Seek out affordable therapy and attend sessions once or twice a month when you are not depressed. Increase the frequency of sessions when experiencing depression. My university offers two free therapy sessions per semester and a clinic in town does income-based payment plans for sessions.
  • Keep talking to people about it, especially those who have experienced it. You are not alone.
  • Talk to your professors about it as soon as you start slipping in their class, or even before you do. You might be surprised to learn that most professors with at least a few years under their belts have dealt with students with depression/anxiety issues. I know I was shocked to learn how accommodating/understanding all of my professors were. I missed 6 weeks of one class and one professor still took me back in and altered the course to let me still earn an A. I still wish I had come to him sooner, though. Furthermore, most professors are humans (haha) and a good number of them have personally experienced depression. These are the most understanding by far. They will not let you down, or let you let yourself down.
  • I had a problem with getting so very far into the throws of depression before seeking help/starting treatment. The following is my most important advice. The remedy is this: Make a list of your 'warning signs.' Some of mine: skipping the same class twice (or more) in a row, slacking off on showering/shaving/primping/hygiene, eating infrequently and/or abusing greasy, starchy foods, criticizing my self image, taking too long to respond to messages from friends, ignoring calls from my mom, defaulting on bills... Post your list somewhere you will see it every day, like inside the door to your closet. If you live with family, a significant other, or someone else you trust--tell them about the list so they can help gently confront you about the warning signs early on.
u/sir_fappington · 3 pointsr/DoesAnybodyElse

Truth, works great for me. This is the one I have, it's great. Use it in the morning right when you wake up. I felt a difference in about a week.

u/petuniababoon · 3 pointsr/pitbulls

I have been using this one for about a month and have seen significant improvement! It helps if I wake up early and use it first thing in the morning while I drink my coffee. At the end of a half-hour session, I feel ready to face the day!

NatureBright SunTouch Plus Light and Ion Therapy Lamp (package may vary)

u/pickinNgrinnin · 3 pointsr/SeattleWA

It's not a space heater. It is a special lamp that puts off UV rays.

u/CaptainHoek · 3 pointsr/mixednuts

Anecdotal, yes.

A friend & colleague of mine struggled with SAD for years. He, by his own testimony, tried everything, including various kinds of light therapy, before it had been more widely talked about. His self-experimentation started with different wavelengths, at different intensities, even exposing different areas of the body, at different times of day, from different angles, for different lengths of time. The guy's a scientist, who takes the function of his mind pretty seriously, so while his experimentation was definitely abnormal, I appreciated his scientific rigor. Ultimately, he found that blue light (I forget the specific wavelength he uses), especially in the upper-half of his vision (ie: shining from above center), for as little as 15 minutes, works spectacularly for bringing him back from the SADness.

Personally, I had never really felt afflicted by SAD, but I figured, what the hell, with all this light equipment around, and given the remarkable success my friend had had with it, why not see what kind of effect it would have on me? I'm prone to getting gloomy, stir-crazy, irritable on gloomy days, so when the next opportunity presented itself, I switched on one of these bad boys for 30 minutes (note: didn't use the ionizer; wasn't sure what it did; only used the light) and proceeded to feel my mood lift substantially. Maybe placebo, but at that point, and on the numerous instances of mood-lifting success, I did not argue with the results.

u/inquisitiveturtles · 3 pointsr/femalefashionadvice

I have this one!

For me, it also helps to have nice cozy slippers to wear right when I get out of bed, and coffee ready. (I have a programmable coffee maker.)

u/must_love_zombies · 3 pointsr/AskWomen

I used this one. I moved to an area with lake effect precipitation, and it honestly feels like it's cloudy for months. I started using it in the late fall, and I feel like I'm a bit in love with the bright light. Last week I looked up if it was bad to use it for more than 45 minutes.

u/vally78 · 3 pointsr/howto

I have a [sad lamp]( NatureBright SunTouch Plus Light and Ion Therapy Lamp Its pretty awesome. If you ask your doctor, most will write a "Prescription" for it, so you can use FSA to pay for it, or even some insurances cover it as a medical device, in the category as a cpap machine. I had it at my old office where there were no windows, now I have it at home, next to the sofa.

u/Nolacub · 3 pointsr/gaybrosgonemild

I know this sounds weird, but this really works …it’s a light box used in several studies.

u/bakedpotatosale · 3 pointsr/CasualConversation

I have this mood light that I've used for the past few years. I can't say it cures the SAD completely, but I think it's made it less severe.

u/gndn · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

I recently bought one of these and have been using it every morning. I have noticed some minor improvement, particularly in the mornings, with my energy level and ability to concentrate, but it may simply be placebo effect - I've had it less than a week so probably too early to tell. My advice: drink more milk than you normally would (vitamin D), and try to get a little bit of exercise every day, even if you don't have the energy for it.

u/Stretchy_Arms · 3 pointsr/depression

I have this one (Phillips goLITE). It uses a blue set of lights to create a high enough amount of lumens to simulate real sunlight.

I tend to pull it out on days when I get very unmotivated during the winter (or any other time during the year). It allows you to set the brightness, length of time the light is on, and an alarm for it to come on when you wake. Once you get used to the blue color, it's very nice.

I find that ater I use it, my mind feels more clear, and I can focus on things more easily. I also find that I'm able to be much more courteous to other people I work with (some of them are very happy I use it too).

EDIT: Edited the link.

u/Amalas · 3 pointsr/BipolarReddit

I have this light box and use it every weekday at work. I've had a few coworkers ask about it, but it's kinda hard to explain. I just tell them it mimics the sunlight which is good when it gets dark so early. I can definitely tell the difference on days when I use it and days I don't. I do 30 minutes on like 3/4 max brightness, but that's really dependent on each person.

u/screenplaytoglitter · 3 pointsr/germany

Good socks and good jackets/ coats make a huge difference. I just flipped through the comments and noticed that no one suggested one vital tip: get a coat that is a little bit too big for you. That way, you can more easily layer clothes under it. If you go shoe/ boot shopping in the US, remember that you'll be walking a whole lot more, so shy away from materials that will soak up water, melting snow, etc.

RE: therapy lights: We're so far north here in Germany that during the winter, at its worst, the sun will come up between 8 and 8:30 in the morning and set between 3:30 and 4 p.m. It can be a huge bummer. A therapy light tricks your body into thinking that it gets more sunlight than it actually does and serves as a natural mood and energy booster. This summer was really rainy and on the cold side (no joke, it was worse than a Sarasota winter), so it really helped to use the therapy light then, too. I have this model: It comes with international adapters. There are cheaper options, though, and there is an, too.

ETA: Just saw your comment about a wool coat. That will probably not be warm enough for you if you are coming from a warm climate. Check out a web site like Campmor or REI and get something water-resistant, and get the warmest jacket you can afford. It won't get, like, Minnesota cold here, but your opinion of what cold is is going to be different from almost everyone else's. During the coldest part of winter (January-February), in bad years, I usually wear ski socks, long underwear under jeans or corduroys, and a long-sleeved t-shirt under a sweater. In milder years, thick normal socks are usually OK, I nix the long underwear, and wear a short-sleeved t-shirt or camisole under the sweater.

u/InSOmnlaC · 3 pointsr/DSPD

The one I got which I love is this: Philips goLITE BLU Light Therapy Device - HF3332

Found it on ebay for like $40. Read the reviews. After like a week of usage, I found myself getting dead tired at 9 pm. Im used to going to sleep later and later, until I finally have to say fuck it, and not go to sleep one night.

Next, try to use software that limits blue light in screens for when you are using them. Get [f.lux]( for your PC and there are other options for your Android devices. They basically drop the level of blue as it gets darker outside.

Lastly, I want to try a nice sunrise/sunset simulator alarm clock to work in conjunction with my light panel. Here's the one I found which seems to be pretty awesome.
Philips HF3520 Wake-Up Light With Colored Sunrise Simulation
I've seen it drop down to $114 so I wouldn't get it now, but yeah, seems great for DSPS.

Those three things combined should work great for you, especially since you're waking up before dawn.

u/vinotinto5 · 3 pointsr/AskMen

An overall feeling of blah, not happy or sad per se just blah.

Things that help:
Exercise - very powerful natural anti-depressant

A blue light - during the winter months I get at little SAD. Here's the one I use but there are cheaper ones:

u/BipolarType1 · 3 pointsr/BipolarReddit

I have this one

it's compact, portable, rechargeable.

u/vty · 3 pointsr/Nootropics

Everybody who has commented thus far is apparently unaware of actual "sun lamps" such as

I own this unit but I can't really give a review as I almost immediately lost the power adapter and have only used it a handful of times. It's a cool little gadget albeit, damn, yes it is expensive. I'd forgotten I paid that much.

Here is a recent study;

u/timeonmyhand · 3 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes

The anxiety part that comes with it is so hard. I know I'm being irrational, but I just can't make my head stop sometimes. Using the summer/fall to build the routine was important so that once the SAD started I was already into the habit and didn't have to put too much thought into what needed to be done. This is the light I use, but mostly just because a friend of mine offered it too me. I've looked at others, and some have really neat features (someone else in this thread has one with a gradual wake up feature, that would be neat). Some people seem to respond to blue light and others to natural light, so it seems like a pretty individual thing.

u/crabcakes3000 · 3 pointsr/xxketo

Yeesh, that's cold!

Do you have a sun lamp? I have this one and find it pretty helpful, actually, for getting through the winter.

u/Kendallsan · 3 pointsr/anchorage

Happy lamp.

Might not be enough depending on the island, but...

u/jspiros · 3 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I have one of these, and I like it a lot. It uses LEDs, and should last a long time. It is a "chunk of plastic", but it isn't big, it's about the size of a DVD case, so it stores easily between uses.

u/RobotPigOverlord · 3 pointsr/getdisciplined

Sounds like ur circadian rhythm is off. Use a special lamp in the mornings. Turn on 30 minutes before getting out of bed and lie down facing the lamp on your bedside table.

Lightphoria 10,000LUX Energy Light Lamp

You could also try a low carb diet, a lot of people say it really helps with energy. It definitely helped me. Whenever i eat a lot of carbs, i want to sleep for 12 hours and i feel exhausted. I eat a ketogenic diet. One doesn't have to eat low carb just for weight loss, there are a lot of other benefits.

u/Airick86 · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Not sure how high up you're going but this might help.

u/mindfulminx · 3 pointsr/migraine

I was thinking about getting canned oxygen to have on hand just in case. I have heard it helps...Honestly, when this kind of migraine hits I would gnaw off my left hand if I thought it would help.

u/accurtis · 3 pointsr/nutrition

I have SAD, and usually a lightbox of 10,000 lux is the therapeutic amount. This is the one I have, but I haven’t used it consistently enough to see effects (mine is for SAD and sleep cycle adjustment - you’re supposed to use it within the first few hours you want to be your wake-up time so your body can adjust; I’m not supposed to use it past like 2 pm).

u/LevelReward · 3 pointsr/HelpMeFind
u/goatsthatstack · 3 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions

Sure thing! One thing that may help you as well is getting a daylight lamp, something like this is small and reasonably priced. Use it before you start a lecture and your circadian rhythym will think it's morning and help keep you awake. Just be careful not to use it very close to bedtime or it could cause insomnia.

u/alwayspickingupcrap · 3 pointsr/StackAdvice

I have bipolar 2 and am on meds, but use supplements to support me.

This website has comprehensive information about lifestyle and supplements that make a difference. I highly recommend that you explore it completely. (It looks clunky/unsophisticated, however I have researched the MD who created it and he is respected in the field...although considered a bit of cowboy.)

Fundamentals you may have already addressed: Exercise, bipolar specific cognitive behavioral therapy, establishing a consistent daily routine (an ongoing process for me).

Most effective for depression is light therapy; it can actually trigger mania, so be careful. It has rarely failed me. I use a dawn stimulator and morning lightbox. The combination of light and dark therapy I think is ideal but I haven't added dark therapy (I'm on reddit at night and can't break the habit).

Re: your stack:

  • Make sure you are taking a EPA /DHA combo of at least 60%. And the DHA is important. Don't just take EPA.
  • Assume you're on methylfolate 15mg?
  • Probiotic: I'm not familiar with Symprove. However you need to choose the probiotic strains (name and number) that have research backed evidence of helping with depression. I used the resources of r/HumanMicrobiome and this spreadsheet to choose these strains to take: Lactobacillus casei DN-114001 - mood (NOW probiotic-10). Bifido. Longum/Infantis 35624 - Immune modulation incl. TNF, IL-6, CRP, depression (Align Digestive Support) because there was crossover with my other problem, rheumatoid arthritis. With some work, you can find something specific for you.

    Personally, I would stop all supplements except methyfolate, NAC, fish oil (EPA/DHA >60%) and maybe theanine if it helps you sleep. Add a light box in AM. Make sure you are taking melatonin 300 mcg (not more than that) every night (add a low dose time release melatonin if you still wake at night.) Give it one month of consistent use then re-evaluate.

    Good luck and feel free to DM me!
u/we-dge · 3 pointsr/xxfitness

I keep one on my nightstand and every morning when my alarm goes off I pull it onto the bed and blast my face with light for like 15 minutes. At the very least it helps me wake up and feel more alert. I have this one and it hasn’t given me any problems in the year I’ve had it.

u/princesspeach223 · 3 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions

I bought something similar to this and really like it!
Verilux HappyLight Compact Personal, Portable Light Therapy Energy Lamp

u/Olanwa · 3 pointsr/bipolar2


Same as the "light box" that Lismox just asked.


It is set up to help get you going with broad spectrum light that you aren't getting with the dark. It's been helping a lot. My doctor recommended it.

u/HaveABanana1 · 3 pointsr/sleep

Lot of factors here but I’ll try to give the best insight I can.

  1. To answer your question, most people I’ve worked with usually can see a shift in their CR after 4-6 weeks of consistent sleep scheduling. Now, most often, this is 3rd shifters who are trying to move from a regular diurnal pattern (e.g. 10pm-6am) to something that would fit a graveyard shift (e.g. sleep from 11am-7pm). This is a massive shift, and the one you’re describing isn’t, so wouldn’t take as long to move it 2 hours earlier bedtime/rise time.

  2. I’m concerned that if you’ve been getting 10 hours of sleep consistently and not feeling rested upon waking. Have you had a sleep study? This doesn’t sound like insomnia, but could be an organic sleep disorder (OSA, circadian rhythm disorder, restless leg). You’ll see this a lot on this sub (for good reason) but you should consider a sleep study.

  3. Lastly, if your circadian isn’t sending you enough “alerting” signal in the morning, you can jump start it through what we know regulates it: light. Making sure you have enough light coming into your room in the AM will get it jump started. If that doesn’t work, you can look into a light box.

    Hope that’s helpful! Best of luck to you.
u/theinsomniacoach · 3 pointsr/insomnia

Start by improving your circadian rhythm. All the time I see people talking about taking melatonin, which is complete and utter nonsense.

Your body is PERFECTLY capable of producing melatonin by itself. The only reason it doesn't do so is because you don't expose yourself to the right circadian cues (zeitgebers). Because of that, your body can't tell what time it is and can't tell that it's bedtime.

First of all, you need to massively increase your light exposure, especially early in the day. Get daylight exposure in the first hour of the day. Ideally, you should spent all day outside. Of course, in modern society this isn't feasible for most. Some workarounds to this are to at least go for an hour outside to take a walk. Almost everybody should be able to do this.

Secondly, if you're inside most of the day, you should get a blue lightbox, like this one:

Just put it at your desk or wherever you're at inside and set it beside you. You'll notice that you'll feel a lot more awake when you use it as well.

This is the most important element of fixing the main circadian clock and fixing the cortisol/melatonin rhythm, which is responsible for wakefulness and sleepiness.

You should only use melatonin if you use shiftwork or when you travel to another timezone. Remember, melatonin is not a sleeping pill, it's a darkness signaler, which is what most people don't understand. It doesn't knock you out.

Since you also mentioned a lot of noise from your brothers, I advise you to get some decent earplugs. I buy wax earplugs and wear them every night, they work wonders in drowning out medium levels of noise.

Drinking more water doesn't help with sleep, I don't know where you got that. In fact, it'll only make things worse since you'll have to get out of bed to pee every night.

I would keep up exercise, but don't do endurance type work like running. Try short heavy weightlifting workouts. This will enhance your metabolic strength and make you more resistant to stress, thus reducing anxiety.

u/Earlybp · 3 pointsr/mentalhealth

It’s so normal to feel defeated with SAD! You do all these things and it just still rears its ugly head.

I have had it for years and this year made the leap to spend the spring in a sunny place, because last year I was literally doing everything and still feeling the effects.

Drugs help.

Light Therapy helped me a lot.

I use this light: Carex Day-Light Classic Plus...

Exercise helps a lot- I do HIIT.

Stress exacerbates SAD.

I really hope that you find some relief. It’s not your fault. You’re not doing life wrong. You have a disorder that is fucking things up.

u/carrotwithnoleaves · 3 pointsr/WomensHealth

You could try a therapy “happy” light . I have seasonal depression and it makes me feel all of these things but I’ve had a huge improvement since using the light in the mornings!

u/heyyeahheyyeah · 3 pointsr/LearnJapanese





u/NEET_Here · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Rock climbers use this for that.

u/nurkdurk · 2 pointsr/climbharder

Tendons get poor blood flow. You can dip your hands in cold water (Dave Macleod and Anderson brothers have details) to stimulate flow.

It seems gimmicky, but accupressure finger rings seem to make my fingers recover faster from hard days. I'm not sure if they actually get blood flowing, but the pressure does seem to bring relief.

u/joewith · 2 pointsr/climbharder

Something like this?

You just put them on your fingers and roll them around?

u/TheShowIsNotTheShow · 2 pointsr/EOOD

Can verify: once lived wayyy north. You can get hand-held SAD lamps for $40-50. I used to get into a swimsuit and do yoga in front of it as mood-maintenance pretty regularly in the winter. Here's an example of one!

u/kizhang05 · 2 pointsr/LawSchool

Verilux HappyLight Compact Personal, Portable Light Therapy Energy Lamp

This is similar to the one I have.

u/John9798 · 2 pointsr/CBD

L-theanine, magnesium, D3/K2, therapy lamp each morning. Omega-3's.

I think NAC is something many should try, (I take 1000mg 2x a day) it's been the #2 thing that's helped my anxiety/OCD/irritability issues other than CBD.

L-tyrosine is the other thing that I take in the morning and I have much more energy and motivation, it's been better than coffee. Amino acids are amazing. I also like red panax ginseng for mood/energy/relaxation.

Gut health is important. I take a probiotic 2x a day and also 5g of psyllium husk for fiber (you won't ever need more than 1 square of toilet paper again). Apple cider vinegar is great for heartburn, I take a tablespoon or so in some water each morning. Many people have gut health issues, and they aren't properly absorbing vitamins/minerals even if they are eating a healthy diet.

Ashwaganda works for many, it didn't for me.

Hemp flower has been great, a backup when I need a bit more than the regular CBD oil. NAC and L-tyrosine I couldn't live without though, they have helped a lot.

u/Phoenixfangor · 2 pointsr/WinterBlues

This is half the usual recommended Lux (this is 5000), but studies ( have shown that you just use it longer for the same affect: It's $40 and I paid $40 in 2014, so the price is pretty stable.

u/c4t3rp1ll4r · 2 pointsr/xxfitness

We have this one and it's really great. My husband has severe SAD and this light in conjunction with OTC vitamin D has been so incredible, both in terms of his depression and his overall energy levels.

u/pihkal · 2 pointsr/IAmA

Ahhh! Well, different light bulbs have different color temperatures, some are more reddish or bluish, but in this case, I'm talking about devices that use blue-only LEDs. They appear as pure blue. I have an older model of this light.

At the end of the day, avoid blue wavelengths. Remember, "white" is our brain seeing a lot of visible wavelengths, so it includes blue wavelengths, too. Avoid computer monitors, compact flourescents, white lights of all sorts, really. Watching TV is not too bad, since the blue pixels aren't on as much during a film/tv show. Older incandescent bulbs are ideal for DSPS, but otherwise, buy the warmest-colored LED bulbs you can. The yellower, the better. They also sell these amber "blue-blocker" wrap-around glasses that promise to block all blue wavelengths at night, though I haven't tried them.

Halogen bulbs are not very blue; they're good at night, but won't help that much in the mornings.

u/nmyunit · 2 pointsr/Nootropics

that's it, I'm pulling the trigger on a Philips GoLite. they're cheap enough now it's worth a shot

edit: now debating the merits of using full spectrum bulbs in my home office instead of the GoLite. not sure if they will be as effective when used on a ceiling fixture... anyone know?

u/SillyStrngTheory · 2 pointsr/Seattle

My doctor gave me this info some time ago:
> The usual dose is 10,000 lux, beginning with one 10 to 15 minute session per day, gradually increasing to 30 to 45 minutes per day depending upon response. It may take four to six weeks to see a response, although some patients improve within days. Therapy is continued until sufficient daily light exposure is available through other sources, typically from springtime sun.

I don't know, (I haven't spent much time looking so I could certainly be wrong,) but I don't imagine most desk lamps are capable of outputting that much light. Here are some of the suppliers they gave me. I don't have any first hand experience to offer since I didn't end up buying one at the time (though I may reconsider soon. Oof, Seattle winter...)

u/duffstoic · 2 pointsr/sex

For Seasonal Affectiveness Disorder specifically, get one of those blue lights and have her shine it in her eyes for an hour every morning. I have a Philips GoLite, costs about $125, makes a huge difference. Or you can go outside and get direct sunlight first thing in the morning.

Then get rid of blue light at night, either by wearing a pair of ugly orange glasses or replacing your bulbs to be more orange (blocking blue light) and putting your devices in the new "night shift" mode in iOS or using a program like flux.

Blue light in the morning makes you feel good, blue light at night ruins your sleep. Depressed people virtually always have sleep issues.

EDIT: also magnesium. Magnesium deficiency may play a role in depression, and supplemental magnesium improves sleep which can help with depression. I recommend magnesium glycinate.

u/SortYourself_Out · 2 pointsr/AskReddit
  1. Get a blue light box to help you control your circadian rhythms and sleep in a regular pattern. Here's a good one. Use it daily in the morning after you first wake up. (Be careful with this if you're bipolar, as it can trigger mania if you use it too long.)
  2. Start taking fish oil. Start slow and work your way up to 3000 -
    6000mg. Here's a decent fish oil.
  3. If your doctor prescribed you medication, take your damn medication.
  4. Start weight lifting. Go easy and then go hard.
  5. Read. Reading always helps pull you out of yourself.

    This shit passes. It's cyclical like everything in nature. Misfortune can only last so long before it expends itself and balance returns. Remember that. It passes.

u/esfoster · 2 pointsr/N24

After I showed my sleep specialist my sleep log and my home sleep study came back negative for sleep apnea, he recommended 3mg of melatonin a few hours before bed and using a blue light for 20 minutes in the morning.

This is the Philips GoLITE I just got in the mail yesterday. I'd heard of it before and mentioned it when he said blue light, and he said it was a good one.

I've only had the chance to try it once this morning. I didn't feel any sort of immediate energy boost like some people talk about, but I didn't have any of the negative side effects either. I'm curious to see what happens with my schedule over the next few weeks.

But let me be perfectly clear... I'm only playing around to see what happens. I know what I can take in terms of struggling against my natural schedule, and I know when to give up. (Last thing I tried was less than 3 days.)

I always recommend anyone with non-24 or DSPD free run their sleep and work their life around that. Because fighting it long-term is probably going to suck worse.

u/JNewp1 · 2 pointsr/SeasonalAffective

Mine is helping!

I’ve got this one

Carex Day-Light Classic Plus Bright Light Therapy Lamp - 10,000 LUX - Sun Lamp Mood Light

u/-sideways- · 2 pointsr/bigboobproblems

I am seconding the roller advice, so just to add to the advice already given-

I find rollers help relieve inflammation and help stretch out tight areas after I've been on my feet or on the computer all day. It works best if I do it pre-emptively instead of waiting until I'm super sore because what it seems to do for me is inhibit how quickly the pain worsens rather than relieving the pain altogether. Feels great while you are doing it though.

Here are the types I use:

Large studded foam roller - I've heard the groovy ones give a bit more of an intense massage/stretch. I use this for my upper and lower back and my hips, I literally just lay over it and roll around using my body weight to stretch out large areas at a time

Small Massage roller - this guy gets right into the joints and knots, great everywhere, especially on base of the spine, hips and the muscles around your upper breast and ribcage

Accupressure stick - different brand but similar product, and this gets into the upper back knots and joints that I can't otherwise reach.

I also use resistance bands 'cause they're cheaper than weights and easy to take around with you, as well as anti-inflammatory tablets and heat creams (non anti-inflammatory) with Methyl Salicylate and Menthol like Deep Heat or Tiger Balm - the way I understand it is that the heat from the cream confuses pain receptors and acts as a distraction from the pain. It's the only that gets me off to sleep some nights! (Be sure not to take anti-inflammatory tablets and use anti-inflammatory creams at the same time)

Hope that's helpful! Good luck to you, back pain is a nasty bitch.

u/Wolfhound_Papa · 2 pointsr/SexToys

It’s a Q-Flex. It is a back massager designed by a 13-year old girl and received funding through Shark Tank.

Q-flex Acupressure Back and Body Massage Tool

u/ViciousJungleChicken · 2 pointsr/AskWomen

Crazy cat lady here, I have four in my apartment. Unless they are lying to me, everyone that comes over is always shocked I have cats because it doesn't smell like it "should". I have two air purifiers in the house these and I have this one that sits directly on top of the litter box. I've had my four cats around 10 years and also fostered probably about... 30. So I feel like I've tried it all and I finally have a good ritual and set up. I use this litter box because it's big and tall which they prefer but also easy to get inside when it's time to clean. I use this track mat because so far it's really done the best to keep the litter from traveling far from the box. And like you, I clean it 2-3 times a day. The litter that is. I use this litter which is LIGHT YEARS better than anything else I've ever used. One of my cats also has horrible allergies and this is the one litter I've found that she doesn't react to. It also doesn't dust so you don't have to constantly feel like poofs of litter are showing up around the house or on the carpet or furniture. I also vacuum every single day. I have one vacuum I use for the floor where there may be litter tracked and another I use that never touches litter. I think this is fairly important. This vacuum honestly is the best I've found for hair. Miracle worker. Unless you can afford the Dyson Animal. I also have this spray that I'll use for my carpet and fabric once a month or so and I feel like it makes a huge difference. And then lastly I also keep windows open whenever I can and I have this diffuser and put oil in it a few times a week and let it run for a bit, plus it looks cool with the lights :) Oh! and one last thing that I think is great... put one of those cardboard scratch pads near the litter box so the cat has to step over it to get anywhere else. Like off the track mat but near the box. I do this and all the cats inevitably use the scratch pad for fun when walking by it but I'm convinced it also cleans their paws from any litter left over before they start walking around the rest of the house!

u/BadWolf_Bae · 2 pointsr/ShitMomGroupsSay

This is the one I got, but there different ones that hold more water and look more appealing. This one does the job though!

u/GothicCastles · 2 pointsr/Amsterdam

Weird question: where can I buy an electric scent diffuser (similar to this) in Amsterdam?

Edit: Thanks for the answers! Now to choose one...

u/daisycraze88 · 2 pointsr/mentalhealth

I've found it helpful with sleep. I typically use lavender at night and it really calms me. Using it during the day has been somewhat helpful but I've noticed if I'm around the scent too long or it's too strong I'll get a headache. I'm sure everyone is slightly different, but I will say it's definitely helped. I got into a routine of using it at nighttime about an hour before bed. I would turn it on while getting ready for bed then spend about an hour awake with it just relaxing. I tried to get into a routine with it so my body and mind would understand it's time to relax and settle down. Honestly that in itself has done wonders for me. I don't use it as often during the day as I do at night. I have close friends who have diffuser bracelets and necklaces and they've said good things about those.

This is the oil and diffuser I purchased off Amazon. I wasn't looking to spend a lot since it was my first time using either but I'm really happy with both products! Eden's Garden has tons more than just lavender if you'd prefer something else!

Lavender Eden's Garden

Essential Oil Diffuser

Edit: Added more info about how I use it at night.

u/armchairingpro · 2 pointsr/blogsnark

I bought a humidifier that also does oil diffusing. We got it when we both got kind of sick with crappy coughs a few months back. I don't know if it actually helps, but I doubt it hurts.

My SO is an incense type of dude so he's enjoying putting in eucalyptus oil in the evening when we're just sitting around or watching TV. I bought this one and it's going strong, so far. It lasts all night.

u/h34r · 2 pointsr/GiftIdeas

Consumables like super fancy coffee, or a hot sauce set, gourmet salt and pepper grinders something like this, or how about an aromatherapy diffuser with some various essential oils like lavender and sweet orange?

Edit: I can see how a diffuser might not work with allergies but since it's just drops of pure oil into water with no additives and not applied to the skin, maybe things like tea tree oil or spearmint (or something you know for sure she isn't allergic to) won't bother her.

u/mady_me · 2 pointsr/StackAdvice

I take this . It's a capsule.

u/xaricx · 2 pointsr/Hypothyroidism

I picked up this one from Amazon. Absolutely love it.

u/grandcrapids · 2 pointsr/Michigan

If you are struggling with depression or anxiety, doctors will often just diagnose you to give you a prescription. There are many things you can do outside of medication to help that don't require insurance and are practically free!

If you believe it goes beyond mood issues, then find a non-profit in your community that can connect you to resources.


Build connections--like you are doing on Reddit but also in your community. Look on for meet ups in your community. If you're religious, find a good church and get involved.


Get sunshine & Vitamin D: especially important during the winter up here, that alone can lead to really bad focus issues, depression, and sleep disturbances. If you can, get a "Happy Light" on Amazon that will help with seasonal depression.


Find physical activities that you enjoy: Bonus if it connects you with other people. Exercise alone can improve mental health leaps and bounds


Find an outlet: if you're a creative person, create. If you don't think you are, give something a try and don't judge yourself! Write a short story or doodle.


Find online resources: there are countless meditation and yoga videos on youtube that are free and extremely helpful. Find one that resonates with you and practice, practice, practice. Strengthening the mind is just the same and strengthening a muscle. You must be proactive or it will atrophy.


Hoping you find answers and help. <3


u/loveyounshit · 2 pointsr/SeasonalAffective

This is what my psychiatrist recommended and I bought. It works wonders.

Verilux HappyLight VT22 Lucent 10,000 Lux LED Bright White Light Therapy Lamp

u/Blanketburritobaby · 2 pointsr/Narcolepsy

The ‘tiredness behind the eyes’ is the PERFECT description of it.

I’m not sure if a lot of narcoleptics deal with it, I’d say they probably do but not necessarily to the level you do (being diagnosed with SAD).

I’ve not been formally diagnosed but both my GP and specialist suggest I may also have SAD along with narcolepsy.

It’s especially bad in winter. But literally when any day where it is overcast and you can’t see the sun, it’s worse. For me it’s all about the sun, so a cold sunny winter day is so much better than a humid cloudy summer day.

Because of this my sleep doc tried me on light therapy glasses. After the trial, they would be 300 dollars and that was outside my price range. Instead i bought a 10000 LUX light therapy unit from Amazon. When I told my doc he said he that one it should be comparable to the glasses. I usually use it for 30 minutes when I first wake up every day in winter and I do think it helps.

u/DarkOctober · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

To: sassyma

From: DarkOctober

Now that it's a new day, I hope you're feeling a little better and your good karma is starting to kick in. Just in case it hasn't, karma, quick!

Weird and random things happen to me all the time. One of the latest things to happen was just the other day, my boyfriend and I were quoting Robin Hood, Men in Tights and the line was, "A toll is a toll. And a roll is a roll. If we don't get no toll's, then we don't eat no rolls" (I think we were making rolls for dinner). Now, keep in mind this movie is from the 1993, so it was totally random. Now for the weird part. I very rarely venture out of RAOA cause most people are dicks, but I ended up clicking on a thumbnail and reading the comments. Third comment from the top was the quote we had been saying from Robin was pretty weird to say the least!

If I win, I would love this peppermint oil($6.15 under new and used with free shipping) I like to put a few drops on a tissue then suck it up in my vacuum for a nice clean scent :) Thanks for the contest!

u/grauenwolf · 2 pointsr/WTF

Since there seems to still be some confusion

Pepperment Extract

Pepperment Oil

One is a drug used for upset tummies (and apparently rat control), the other a yummy flavoring for candies and cookies.

u/mouthie · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Fear cuts deeper than swords.

1 something grey

2 something reminiscent of rain Well it's a rainbow necklace and without rain you don't get a rainbow ;)

3 unusual food related item um yeah talk about yummy dreams hehe

4 something for someone else a psy gangnam guy mask for Liz. She swears she's going to marry that man lol

5 a book you should read One of my favorite memoirs of all time by Frank McCourt growing up dirt poor in Ireland. I would like to read a thousand times

6 item less than a dollar an mp3 from the 80s oh yeah!!

7 something about cats, nothing on my list, will edit soon

8 something beautiful but not useful this shirt is lovely but I have no clue where I'd ever wear it.

9 a movie Grease!! Everyone should see it because it's effing amazing!

10 for hurting zombies You could attack them with this amazing pizza cutter that looks like a saw!!

11 profound impact would be this awesome stream mop, cleaning is getting difficult for me sure to health issues and this would make life easier

12 add on item eyebrow shapers

13 most expensive I have no computer at the moment. I use a kindle. I need a computer to keep me business organized amongst other reasons.

14 bigger than a bread box, well a bread box could fit inside this laundry bag

15 This pretty ring is smaller than a golf ball

16 This peppermint oil smells wonderful

17 sfw toy would be this belching hamburger keychain

18 back to school zipper pouch to keep your lunch money in

19 my current obsession is kitchen or cooking gadgets hence this adorable ice cream cone hinged container

20 awe inspiring....umm sock monkey headphones...amiright??

Bonus item made in Oregon hand warmer clay mug

Bonus item

u/TechyEsq · 2 pointsr/migraine

Yay! I'm so happy to find someone I can help with this! Here's what I use -

You can do what I said above or use an oil diffuser by your bed when you lie down.

u/mousicle · 2 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions

Get him an under the pillow speaker so he can hear the alarm but you can't.

u/Anthrogirl2013 · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

I do this too! We bought a pillow speaker off amazon that is just like a black flexible piece of padded fabric that I shove under my pillow. Husband can't hear it and I can still a listen for the baby. It's like this one. I love it!
Pillowsonic Stereo Pillow Speaker by Pillow Sonic

u/kermityfrog · 2 pointsr/headphones

Pillow speaker

There are different models made by different companies.

u/LightShadow · 2 pointsr/SuicideWatch

These days as in winter? You may have SAD (I have this), where a lack of sunlight and exercise actually wears you down and makes you depressed. Try going outside for a minimum of an hour a day, preferably mid morning to afternoon (while the sun is still shining) and just walk around enjoying nature. Getting a lamp can be very effective (I've heard, I don't own one).

Good luck my friend.

u/GrilledChzSandwich · 2 pointsr/WinterBlues

Late to the party, but I use a carex daylight classic. I tend to sit under it a bit mostly. IIRC, distance is 18 inches for 10,000 lux, but I could be wrong. Had it for years.

Carex Day-Light Classic Bright Light Therapy Lamp - 10000 LUX - Sun Lamp Mood Light

u/1YearWonder · 2 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes

I have two questions. Are you in a place that has shorter days in the winter? and Have you ever heard of a thing called SAD?

Its basically a seasonal depression that happens to some people caused by a reduced amount of sunlight. This is usually from shorter days in winter combined with regular working/schooling hours (which keep you inside for the short time it is light out). It really throws my Mom for a loop, but she got something like this to have at her desk at work, and apparently it works like a charm.

You should for sure go have a chat with your doctor just to explore the options and make sure that this isn't something more serious (self diagnosis is bad, and I'm no doctor), but this sounds a lot like what my mother goes through pretty much every winter.

u/40minutesto5 · 2 pointsr/eldertrees

Mayo description

There's obviously a thousand styles, different powers and features and so on, but this seems like a solid example here. Pretty much a faux sun. Funny that you mentioned these, u/introspeck.. bought my dad one for Christmas last year.. knowing him he probably doesn't use it so I may have to steal it from him and try it out

u/pinchymcloaf · 2 pointsr/vancouver

Don't get the small dinky ones, or those 'blue light' ones, they don't do much. I'd recommend this one:
A bit pricey, but it's great. I have it on a timer to go off in the morning before my alarm clock, really helps me wake up.

u/rocktopotomus · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

there are diy instructions;

but since I've never wired anything aside from switching out one light switch for another I opted for one on amazon.
i'm using this one while reading this thread;

u/ahmsbipolar · 2 pointsr/BipolarReddit

I'd go with this rather than the little blue one had it been more affordable at the time. But now this one is cheaper than the other.

u/buildingbridges · 2 pointsr/AskWomen

I highly recommend this one you just have to take the rubber bands off the bulbs before you turn it on or it smells like something is burning.

u/xcxcczxcxzczxxczczxc · 2 pointsr/depressionregimens

Didn't help me, I bought and found it to be ineffective.

Sunlight works however, honestly even being outside on a cloudy day works. I was very disappointed after having high hopes with that lamp. Then again everyone is different and YMMV

u/RunsInJeans · 2 pointsr/insomnia

Your body produces melatonin to help you sleep. It produces it based on what time of the day it thinks it is which is affected by exposure to sunlight. By exposing yourself to light in the evening it prevents your body from producing it too early in the day and then running out of it in the middle of the night.

If your problem is that you can't fall asleep at your usual bedtime then you'd want to do the opposite and expose yourself to sunlight (or artificial light) as soon as you wake up or at least in the earlier part of the day. This could help synchronize your melatonin production to your sleep patterns. Like this guy.

This is the lamp I use but there are many more available out there.

Good luck.

u/Kaleshark · 2 pointsr/leaves
That's the lamp I got; there is a review on Amazon which explains why you should NOT use the ion therapy part of this otherwise excellent lamp.

You can find this album on iTunes and if you want to give it a try, one of the tracks is the short version of yoga nidra. It's the one I've mostly done and is great. If you like it you can get the long version track, too; I think the other track on the album is some weird yoga music, I just have the two guided meditation tracks.

u/AlphaHooker · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Holy moly! Yeah putting you in a tanning bed would be like putting a fork in a toaster. My husband is a redhead freckleface too :D

They have home lamps that basically treat you like a lizard! Kinda. Its things like this so you can at least get some "sun" without the burn.

u/lifelurker · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

A simple Google will give you tons of products. I don't know where you live, so it's pointless to give you specific stores to buy it from. However, you should read customer reviews to make sure they even work.

u/ashV2 · 2 pointsr/entwives

<3 Some extra lighting could help, and maybe even set aside some cash for one of those sun lamp type things to make the shorter daylight hours in winter more bearable.

If you haven't already, investing in one or two plants that don't need a lot of light can add some cozy comfort to a room too.

What are your favorite colors? Can you decorate within those to create a happier space? I really like yellow and turquoise, and am always trying to find things in those colors. Even just a few throw pillows or knick knacks and a brightly colored cozy blanket can help. Throw down a cute dollar store blanket or some cheap cozy pet beds for the puppers to cuddle with you too!

...and maybe some brightly colored dollar store baskets to help organize your craft stuff and/or stash :D

IF you're able to, get outside as well even for 10-15 minutes during the day when the sun is out. Even if you're not smoking, but toking in your new cozy spot, and then trying to adventure out. It makes a a bit of a difference to get a change of scenery.

Edit: If you could find even just a futon mattress in good shape on Cragislist or something, you could fold that against the wall, hang some lights, put down some blankets and throw pillows, and call that a lounge/smoke spot too. If you Google reading nook ideas, you might be able to get some more inspiration on how to convert that into a smoke spot ;)

u/YahwehTheDevil · 2 pointsr/GradSchool

Do you take supplements? They're far from a panacea, but deficiencies in certain micronutrients can wreak havoc on your mental state.

Omega-3s, from fish oil or an algae supplement:

>There appears to be reduced depressive symptoms in bipolar disorder when the depression is of a large magnitude (similar to the anti-depressant effects of fish oil in general). There may not be a reduction in depressive symptoms with lower severity depression (a trend to increase has been noted) and manic symptoms do not appear to be significantly influenced


>Vitamin B12 deficiency can potentially cause severe and irreversible damage, especially to the brain and nervous system. At levels only slightly lower than normal, a range of symptoms such as fatigue, depression, and poor memory may be experienced. Vitamin B12 deficiency can also cause symptoms of mania and psychosis


>An inverse correlation between vitamin D and depression (lower vitamin D status being related to more depressive symptoms) was first reported in 1979 and associations have resurfaced in those at risk for cardiovacular incidents, fibromyalgia, and in women during the winter

And, if you're a vegan or vegetarian, or if you exercise a lot, zinc:

>Overall, persons with depression seem to usually have lower zinc concentrations in serum and the worse the symptoms of depression the lower the zinc concentration tends to be

There are some other good supplements for mood, such as inositol and creatine, although you'd have to be careful because they can interact poorly with your bipolar and make you manic. I'd also recommend a light box to wake up to in the morning. I live in New England, and when fall comes I start feeling really off with the lack of morning sunlight.

u/henriettabazoom · 2 pointsr/toronto

I've used a bunch. This one is a little pricier, and it's hands down the best. My tiny apartment is on an interior corner, so zero light in the winter. Turning this thing on makes it look like a bright May day inside.

u/roz-is-world · 2 pointsr/bipolar2

I bought this one back in 2015 and I found it helpful: NatureBright SunTouch Plus Light and Ion Therapy Lamp (package may vary)

u/monkeyhihi · 2 pointsr/getdisciplined

I struggled a lot with this too. I tried putting my cell phone far away from me when I went to sleep so I would have to get up to turn it off; I tried the alarm apps with the crazy captchas that made me do math before it would turn off (I would just sleepily wind up removing the battery, and eventually got good at drowsy math)... I even tried the crazy-loud alarm clocks made for deaf people..... Nothing worked.

I would up taking a shotgun approach to this as well.

I started off with some very cool looking blue-blocking glasses that I would religiously start wearing once it was sundown, and wouldn't take off until I went to bed. I would take some melatonin at the same time as well.

Now, the real pièce de résistance was a sunlamp--of which there are many kinds that I used alongside the Sleep as Android phone app. There's a specific captcha on there called "Let there be light" that forces you to turn on a lamp before the alarm will turn off. By adjusting the sensitivity I made it so that only the INCREDIBLY BRIGHT sun lamp would turn it off, which combined with the sun lamp finally did the trick. By the time the alarm had turned off, I really did start feeling invigorated by the bright light.

Don't feel like you need to jump in to the deep end and wake up at 6:30 right away. Set realistic goals, and once you establish a rhythm you can adjust times based on your schedule.

Best of luck, friendo!

u/flwrchild1013 · 2 pointsr/depression

I have one and it worked while I was using it. The problem is that the instructions say you need to sit in front of it for 30-45 min/day. I used to use it while I was checking my email in the mornings before I went to class, but finding enough time in one session to sit down was difficult for me.

u/temple_noble · 2 pointsr/Weakpots

This is the model I have. I don't know if there's anything fancier out there. It has held up for two years now. I never use the ionizer thing.

Bonus, it's a cat magnet. the lighting makes for some dramatic portraits.

u/dillonEh · 2 pointsr/betterCallSaul

This is what I have. Not sure what they're called other than "therapy lights." It seems to work if I lay directly in front of it with my shirt off for 30 minutes.

u/distraughtinak · 2 pointsr/DeadBedrooms

I bought this one 8 years ago when the price was $130. It's now $52. The "ion therapy" is a quack, it's nothing more than an ozone generator. It the light part works awesome, and I love the timer! My light is still going strong after 8 years!

u/hippityflippity · 2 pointsr/SeasonalAffective

This one works well but I like the hue of light a bit less than a few that are a bit more expensive (it is bluish and feels less like basking in the sun): NatureBright SunTouch Plus Light and Ion Therapy Lamp (package may vary)

This is my favorite one (nice sunlight-like hue, nice and bright-feeling): Northern Light Technology Boxelite 10,000 Lux Bright Light Therapy Light Box, Black

The evidence behind both of these is good. You just gotta make sure you are sitting close enough and long enough (should be no more than a couple feet away and for about 30 min/day).

I use this device to make sure I'm getting enough light and for long enough (not exactly what the product was made for but it works - it measures anything over 2500 lux so you will know if you are sitting too far from the light): SunSprite Wearable Light Tracker

Hope this helps! I'm a bit of a light-junkie so PM me or post here if you have any questions.

u/paper_alien · 2 pointsr/xxketo

I'm a firm believer that the only thing stopping you is yourself. Easier to say than do though. Be disciplined, put reminders up that are highly visible, and find a way to be accountable that kicks at your guilt. I had to learn that it's not "motivation" that gets you there, it's discipline, and a solid week of whining about being hungry and crying about the fact I wanted chips... Everything you do in life is a decision! YOU have to decide you want it, because where there's a will, there's a way. Here's my motivation that keeps me going. I had to learn to stop making excuses for why I was failing.

I'd recommend you get rid of *all your crap food in the house. Change rules with your roomates to where you don't share food with them, or even better, get your own shelf for your groceries, and a mini fridge for produce so you can't be tempted by seeing all their goodies. Get an air purifier for your room so you can retreat if someone is going to bake pizza, or cookies that smell enticing.

I might also recommend a SUN LAMP if you work overnight. It will help with your sleep, which will help everything else out. The body does weird things when you don't rest properly. Had one since end of college and I swear it's the best thing ever IF YOU USE IT REGULARLY.

I hope you can find something I've said helpful, best of luck. The road to any form of recovery is never easy.

u/Esteam · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

My doctor prescribed me this one for my sleep apnea. 30 minutes a day in the morning, every morning.

u/Live4Sunshine · 2 pointsr/CBD

Nature Bright SunTouch Plus Light and Ion Therapy
by Nature Bright Company

I like the ions and the timer. I build up from 15 minutes a day to an hour -- brought it to my office. I live in Central NY which is gray and cold all winter. I try to get sun but you don't make vitamin D unless the earth is at the right angle. I have been trying to go to Florida for a long weekend each March/April to kick the blues.

u/LittleHelperRobot · 2 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes


^That's ^why ^I'm ^here, ^I ^don't ^judge ^you. ^PM ^/u/xl0 ^if ^I'm ^causing ^any ^trouble. ^WUT?

u/piratesgoyarr · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Ahhh! They have them on amazon! Just found them. THIS You should seriously consider getting one. I used to sit with mine on every day for half an hour at my desk when I worked in an office.

u/Nav_Panel · 2 pointsr/bestof

I tried this one at a friend's, then I bought my own... Cheapest on Amazon that seemed to actually work. Make sure you're 12 to 16 inches from it while using it.

u/sazzer82 · 2 pointsr/GetOutOfBed

there is an app for your iPhone that makes you solve puzzles or math problems in order for it to turn off. works well for me. i also recommend the Philips GoLite

u/HenryCakes · 2 pointsr/bipolar

>Does anyone here live in Seattle?


>Does the weather affect your mood?

Yes, but not in a consistent manner. The sun can make me feel good, or it can make me miserable because I can't enjoy it. Sometimes dreary weather is nice during depression because everyone else has to stay inside too. But it's not really something I think about. My disorder affects how I feel, as well as my thinking, my diet, my exercise routine.. I'd put the weather way down the list.

>How do you cope? Has anyone tried a lamp?

I got this light about 5 years ago. I use it as an alarm - no sound, just a bright blue light. It's an awesome way to wake up. Then I'll use it for about 20 minutes. It definitely convinces me it's time to be awake. Beyond that, it's hard to say. I can never tell if this sort of thing works because my mood isn't consistent enough to measure a difference.

>Did it trigger mania/hypo?

I didn't know it could. I did have a hypomanic episode last time I started using it, but I had just started taking a stimulant as well.

I don't really know what to say about your situation. Personally, I would move here for the job, but I have kind of a "fuck my disorder" attitude where I do stuff out of spite when I feel like I'm being limited. I admire your caution.

Would it have a significantly negative impact on your future if you tried it for a year and changed your mind? Seattle really is an amazing city, and this isn't just hometown pride. I'd also say the people here are above average when it comes to mental health awareness. I don't talk about it much but it's nice to be around that kind of crowd.

Yeah you should do it!

u/DonSlice · 2 pointsr/aptliving

I've done a few different things:

  1. Upward Facing Floor lamp.

  2. Put in a chandelier without wiring.

  3. Get a happy light to offset the lack of sunlight.

    Otherwise, take regular breaks to stretch your legs outside - go walk, jog, or just sit on a bench for a few.

    Good luck!
u/gr8terevil · 2 pointsr/productivity

Just to preface, I've never lived nocturnally like you, but based on my research/knowledge this is what I would try if I were:

Circadian rhythm doesn't have to not help you at all, you might be able to manipulate it by changing some of the things in your environment.

If I were working nights and was inside, I'd get at least one blu light like this: (non ref link) and set it up on my desk and just leave it on while working. That should, to a degree, trick your body into thinking it's daylight and make it easier to shift your circadian rhythm. I would turn it off when the sun is up so I get natural light that way before I go home.

The second thing I would do is install blackout shades in my bedroom so that it can be totally dark, and I'd spend at least 30 minutes in it (fully dark) with maybe one dim light on to read/work by, and not using screens unless using flu.x as well. That way I'd trick my body into thinking this is the natural sleep/sunset time, and help it start to get more tired.

The third thing I'd do is as soon as I wake up at 8pm or whatever time works best for you, take at least 5,000ui of Vitamin D. This is another good way to signal that this is the wake-up time your body should expect, and after a couple weeks can make waking up and falling asleep happen at more regular times.

The problem with all of this of course is that you're going heavily against the sun-influenced natural circadian rhythm, and I don't know what would happen long term. I'm sure you've experienced some of the negative effects of living out of sync with the world, and it's possible that taking it to this extreme could make it worse.

I have to say again though: this is PURELY SPECULATION. I have NOT tested this, but were I in your situation, this is what I would be doing. If any of this is crazy based on other people's experiments with this lifestyle PLEASE let me know. I'd be curious to find out if it works too though!

u/wannagetbaked · 2 pointsr/ADHD

Hey man I have struggled with this before - I set the alarm like 45 minutes before I need to get up and take my Meds then.

First of all you gotta really think about what you are doing...if you aren't finding a way of being at work that inspires you then you aren't gonna wanna be there. Trust me there is an inspiring way of being in almost every situation. Some are more difficult and even then it can be rewarding to inspire yourself in the face of difficulty. I'm not talking about forcing yourself to grin and bear something. I am talking about fundamentally dealing with your goals and identity to literally see your circumstances differently.

Like it or not lateness is a function of priority. ADD people have a problem focusing on things long enough to make them a high priority. It's how often you let the commitment invade your present thinking. Get in the habit of reminding yourself about these things.

Also rationalization man... don't tell yourself it will be okay. It won't be. At times your reputation is the only thing you have going for you. Treasure it and keep your commitments. decide how much time you realistically need to get ready and get to work 10 minutes early. now respect that schedule. every time you sacrifice your comfort and easy breezy way of being to the schedule it gets easier to follow the next time. Eventually it's automatic.

You are gonna do great. For Awhile. you will invariably have a breakdown and feel like it was all for not and start believing silly things like you are intrinsically an irresponsible person or whatever meaning you make from it. Identify the cause of falling out of integrity with your commitments. Did you fail to frame it in such a way that you paid attention to it. Did you let yourself fall into a pattern of dismisal or justification? identify and recommit and you are clear and on the path towards building and identity of punctuality and integrity. You will literally feel your commitments like a drive and feel the need to complete them and you will derive satisfaction from doing so. It's great man.

Also a kick ass alarm clock tied into a freaking bright light never hurts
Philips Blu Light Alarm Clock

u/SlaughterMeister · 2 pointsr/loseit

Here you go.

Good luck.

u/NeutronStarPasta · 2 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions

If it's truly SAD related - a vitamin D supplement would help *some* - as would a Happy Light (that's it's actual name): Not a doctor but I've personally used both and it's not a cure-all or magic bullet, but it does help some.

u/ihmurria · 2 pointsr/saskatoon

I have a verilux that helps make a dent, especially when combined with vitamin D (I'm doing about 2000 IU and it's definitely helping more than the 1000 was last year).

This is the model I have: and it looks like they also sell via amazon:

My parents bought it for me but I'm fairly certain they shopped either online or via catalogue, didn't pick up live and in person at a store

u/tolvak · 2 pointsr/Seattle

My favorite one of the 4 I've tried over the years, by far, has been the Day-light Sky light. Pricey, but I like how it can tilt over my head while I'm at my desk at work, it definitely tricks my brain into waking up. I usually flip it on the super bright setting for 30 minutes to an hour, then turn it off for a bit, then I'll use it for the next several hours on the slightly lower setting. Hot tea, good music, and that light makes winter afternoons nice.

My second favorite has been the Verilux HappyLight Liberty 10k, I bought this one at Bartell Drugs. I tried another variant or two of the Verliux, and I liked this one the best of those. For me, having the light shine from above eye level seems to work better for me, so I usually set mine up on a small shelf, though it works fine just sitting on the desk too. I sort of have the same regiment with this one, I'll use it on the super bright setting for a little while, maybe 30 minutes or so, then switch it down to the lower setting for the rest of the evening (though I try to turn it off a couple of hours before bed).

I tried the blue light, but I found that I preferred the more normal feeling lights. Honestly, I don't think its the spectrum that seems to make the biggest difference for me, its just having a really bright light to trick my head into going into awake mode.

In addition to the bright lights, forcing myself to get up and walk around the block can help fight the dreary feelings for me, or if its super nasty out walking around somewhere airy and busy, like Pacific Place (or similar indoor place), helps me feel more awake. Also, try to do some social things regularly if possible, even if you aren't feeling super social. I've found its easy for me to accidentally forego hanging out with people for a couple of weeks if its messy out, then realize I'm feeling more cabin fever than usual. Movies in the theatre can be fun in the winter too, as you are sort of transported by the big screen to some far off place while being warm and dry.

Those are my coping mechanisms. I love winters here in almost every way, the clean, crisp air, even the cool, damp, darkness is calming for me. Its just convincing my brain to feel awake that can be tough for me. If it really gets to me, I try to take a week or two and go somewhere sunny in February or so if possible (though I realize this isn't an easy option for everyone).

u/OsmoticFerocity · 2 pointsr/DecidingToBeBetter

I've had good results from a combination of these:
Leviton LT113-10W 1000-Watt Advanced Digital Plug-In Timer, 6-Foot Tethered Remote, Grounded Plug, Receptacle, Auto Daylight Savings Adjustment, White
Carex Health Brands Day-Light Sky 10,000 LUX Bright Light Therapy Lamp (DL2000)

I set the timer for the same time as my alarm and for twenty minutes. It has really helped.

u/oreotiger · 2 pointsr/Seattle

I didn't want to go with anything cheap because I wasn't sure they'd be effective at all. If you're willing to rethink your price, I bought this and I really like it. One symptom of the effect lack of light has on me is the way my eyes get tired -- it's not "being sleepy", it's my eyes not wanting to do anything and me feeling lethargic. The light helps a lot with that. I don't use it a ton because I'm not on any kind of consistent sleep cycle, but whenever I do use it, it's very helpful.

Can't help with anything of a lower price, though, unfortunately.

u/MayorOfClownTown · 2 pointsr/chicago

Yeah dude, get some of that D in you and a happy lamp. My doc said (don't cheap out on that shit).

I bought that guy. I need to stick i on a timer. From some reason I don't even want to turn it on in the morning. I always forget, when I was using it it did help though! Hopefully it can go in the closet soon.

u/Butterbean6 · 2 pointsr/bikecommuting

Could it be a mild case of Seasonal Affective Disorder? It's very common. My wife uses this SAD lamp every day and it really helps to keep her mood and energy up throughout the winter.

u/iamaradar · 2 pointsr/femalefashionadvice

You can definitely just show up to classes at Gold's (maybe not spinning, sometimes you have to reserve a bike). I used to go to Gold's when I lived outside NYC.

I have this lamp which was ~$25 cheaper when I purchased it a few weeks ago. I like the angle, and that it's not as unsightly as some other sunlamps because I tend to leave it on my kitchen table all week. There are definitely cheaper options out there though.

u/herman_gill · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Looking like a douche a few hours before bed and turning off all the lights off in your room at night (especially when you're actually asleep). Not doing any heavy working out before bed (which you already are probably fine with).

On the other end of the equation: waking up with a bright ass fucking light in your room rather than an alarm clock because you don't get enough sunlight in the morning. Attach it to one of those stop/start timers and set it to turn on 10 minutes before your alarm.

Other than that, all the supps that do help you with getting to sleep also improve sleep quality at least a bit. But yeah, not having any night lights or anything peering into your room will help improve your actual sleep at least a bit.

u/Will_BC · 2 pointsr/bipolar

What kind of job do you have? You don't have to reveal too much, I'm just wondering if it's office work, if you work with people or by yourself, or what sorts of things you're allowed to do. When you see your doctor, make sure to bring this up. My pdoc prescribed me modafinil, it doesn't exactly deal with depression but it gives me more energy and helps counteract the fogginess. I don't know where you live, but if it's a relatively high latitude like I do, you might have some Seasonal Affective Disorder going on as well. Every fall/winter after I was diagnosed sucked really bad, until last winter when I got a light box. This is the one I have
and it really helps me. It's small but it's bright and it would fit on a desk.

u/fellandfound · 2 pointsr/grandrapids

I've been using this one for two years now for Seasonal Affective Disorder. It's the best one I've found for the price and it's currently on sale.

u/fitsofthefather · 2 pointsr/BipolarReddit

Sure! I'll give OP a chance to respond but if they don't want it it's (probably) yours. I say probably because I did some major cleaning and have to figure out where I put it!

It's this one:

I have a spare because my boyfriend was trying to be helpful, but didn't realize 2 of these is no better than 1!

[edit] found it!

u/vaqari · 2 pointsr/depression

Mine are both unfortunately somewhat expensive.

A sunrise alarm clock. This is the one I have. It works great but has apparently been discontinued. It was $60 when I bought it. Helps me to wake up and actually feel rested. Usually I wake naturally at dawn, but dawn is much later than when I have to get up in winter.

SAD Lamp. The one I have is portable.

u/Pikablu · 2 pointsr/Charlotte

Bought this beauty last week thinking I may have Seasonal Affective Disorder. Turns out I was incredibly wrong and the damn thing just makes me feel nervous. But it might work for you! Price is 35 and comes with everything but the box.

u/Bad_Bishop · 2 pointsr/Nootropics

I decided to get this:

Lightphoria 10,000LUX Energy Light Lamp

The sheer number of reviews seems to suggests how effective this model is. Costs about 125 sgd for me, so not so huge of a dent in my wallet.

u/Seabored · 2 pointsr/GiftIdeas

Here are some "natural" treatments I am trying for depression: SAM-e, HTP-5, St. John's Wort, and light therapy with the Lightphoria 10,000 LUX lamp. HTP-5 and the lamp can help to alleviate depression and help you maintain a regular sleep cycle.

This is the lamp: Check out the reviews.

u/SailNW · 2 pointsr/quittingkratom

I have this one

There are a ton of them on Amazon

Lots of difference price ranges. Basically, it mimics sunlight and kind of tricks your brain into thinking you're looking at the sun. I like to put it on the corner of my desk while I work. It looks like a sunny window out of the corner of my eye.

u/poidogs · 2 pointsr/WinterBlues

This one:

is my favorite. I've used several different kinds, and this one is powerful and compact.

Occasionally you can find happy lights on sale at Costco, but that is super variable to location and time of year.

u/lackstoast · 2 pointsr/getdisciplined

For some weird reason they don't make very many that are actual alarm clock ones like this that you can set to turn on at a specific time, so they're a little harder to find. This is the one I have, but it looks like it's unavailable now, sorry. :/ You might be able to find another one though, or just google the brand and maybe it's somewhere besides Amazon?

You can find tons of light alarm clocks like this one that I also have (except it wasn't such a ridiculous price when I bought it—wtf?), which are helpful and nice, but they're just regular lamps and not the super strong blue light, so they won't have quite the same effect. If you just need a little help though, it could be good. Just make sure you know what you're getting—if it doesn't explicitly say 10,000 lux somewhere, you're getting just a regular lamp alarm clock like this one.

This is the one I use at my desk, but you have to turn it on manually. So you could have your alarm go off, then turn it on, then lay there for a while, but that's not quite as helpful as having it light up gradually while you're sleeping.

u/Skyblacker · 2 pointsr/bayarea

It is: Boost Oxygen Natural Energy new medium size 100 inhalations

u/digitalyss · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Every time I go to Denver to visit my husband's family, I get altitude sickness when we go to Red Rocks.

I suggest an oxygen bar in a can -- the can itself has an in-built mask.

u/7Aaron · 2 pointsr/BipolarReddit
u/teawrit · 2 pointsr/bipolar

Yeah, I ended up getting this one, still quite expensive but about half the price of others. There were some cheaper ones but they only had 5,000 lumens. It is expensive but when I think about how much I pay for my therapist and psychiatrist it's really not too bad.

u/Mjeecay · 2 pointsr/climbing

Try these.

I have been using them for awhile now and find that they help quite a bit. They increase blood flow to my fingers. Very useful when my fingers are tight in the morning after a hard session the night before.

I also jammed my pinky playing basketball the other day and low and behold.. the rings have been working wonders. The swelling is almost gone within 2 days.

u/alaskaline · 1 pointr/ibs

I also react poorly with any SSRI antidepressant, but this is an old tricyclic antidepressant which has very minimal side effects. You take it right before bed so you'll wake up a bit groggy. But the rest of the day is pretty smooth.

Try peppermint oil immediately. It will give you instant relief.


I usually shoot it with a shot glass and chug water to chase it. It's been a life-saver.

u/ColinAllCarz · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Forgot to answer migraine question. Excedrin kind of helps, but I'm a bit gun shy of that medication. I took it for a while and actually got hooked - ugly, huh? I've seen a neurologist and suffered from migraines since my teenage years. At one point I had them as much as three times a week. I'm on Topamax daily preventive and have a couple of reactive options as well. OTC stuff doesn't work too well.

Few things you might try immediately at onset:

  • Antihistamine like benadryl washed down with a coke or coffee. The combo of antihistamine and caffeine work well - I found this out from a friend who paid about $5000 Stanford study.

  • Peppermint essential oil rubbed into your temples and forehead. I even get up into my hairline where my migraine is. I don't know if you've seen the product Head-On, but this works better. Lavender essential oil works okay rubbed onto your pillow (or a drop on your light bulb as a ghetto diffuser), but hasn't worked quite as well for me.

  • Lastly, I made a very large cool pack. I bought a high thread-count, hypoallergenic pillowcase and filled it with sushi rice. I sprinkled it with lavender essential oil and keep it in the freezer. Bam - way cheaper than something you'd buy online.
u/Link255 · 1 pointr/mycology

I take a few drops of this. If it's particularly bad I sometimes put a larger amount in a gel capsule. It is VERY potent, you might just go straight for the gel caps and avoid getting it on your tongue.

u/Chippy569 · 1 pointr/headphones

I posted in your original thread about some behind-the-head Sonys for super cheap, but I also remembered that my wife uses one of these speakers you slip into your pillowcase with great success.

u/kachunga · 1 pointr/ZReviews

Pillowsonic Stereo Pillow Stereo

It's a set of speakers you put under your pillow and apparently you can only hear it when you put your head on it.

I'll be anxiously waiting the sound test.

u/Damcomybastards · 1 pointr/headphones

This may not be what you're looking for, but hey, who knows.

u/Tangurena · 1 pointr/cscareerquestions

You have several different problems that are all piling on top of each other:

  1. Your money situation is bad.
  2. Your project is bad.
  3. Your depression is also bad.

    For #1:
    Start saving money. If you have the equivalent to 3-6 months' expenses, you will be free of a huge amount of stress. /r/personalfinance can help with reducing expenses and coming up with a practical and feasible budget.

    For #2:
    I would like to recommend some books. Brownfield Application Development in .NET. While this book is aimed at .NET, it applies to other platforms as well. This book describes how to add unit tests, organize and standardize the project so that you don't have the situation where only "Bob" can build the project (using continuous integration, you can be assured that the project can always be built and ready to go. Working Effectively with Legacy Code. This is the standard book for how to deal with legacy projects. Death March. [Death marches]( are common in software development. Depression and stress is a very common reaction to demands for too many features in too little time.

    For #3:
    Depression is common at this time of year. Especially in the northern hemisphere due to shorter day lengths. I found that I get something called seasonal affective disorder. It was really bad when when I worked a job where I got to work before dawn and left after sundown. To mitigate things, I had to go outside and walk around in daylight for 2 15-20 minute periods. Even when it was below zero (the altitude was about 9500 feet or about 3000 meters). There are lights which can help replace some of the daylight that you aren't getting because it is winter time.

    I find that exercise helps me with fighting off depression. Something as simple as a brisk walk every day can help. I found that the best thing for me was group exercise classes. Such as Zumba. It is simple, musical and no one will be critical of how good or bad you dance.

    Another thing that can help is to have a sense of humor. The movie Office Space is one that almost everyone in IT should watch.

    You might find more help over at /r/depression .
u/bboyjkang · 1 pointr/technology

> order lamps

>According to Nature News, Ian Morgan, a myopia researcher at the Australian National University, has estimated that children need to spend around three hours per day under light levels of at least 10,000 lux to be protected against myopia.

Maybe this might work:

> Day-Light Classic 10,000 LUX Bright Light Therapy Lamp

u/MuchFaithInDoge · 1 pointr/trees

This microscope, but I also put a bright light right next to the scope, otherwise the light only comes from below the subject, making it a silhouette.

Edit: This is the light I used

u/NestingOrangutan · 1 pointr/bipolar

This is what I use. It's important to work with a doctor when starting light therapy though.

u/stupidcoxhelp · 1 pointr/Narcolepsy

This is the light box I use. The legs are annoying but it's so cheap so I bought 4. If you buy a light therapy box, definitely go with a trusted brand like the ones you find at your sleep center. I'm very happy with carex as a company. I had an issue with one of the lamps and they promptly sent me a replacement, despite it being past the warranty. They even followed up with me to make sure I got it.

I have it set up on a Wemo plug, but any smart plug will do. I would wait until black friday, all of my smart plugs were free-$5 on Amazon during a promotion, and I bet Amazon will have something for black friday.

This is one of the bulbs that is tunable. I have a few around the house now, I can't remember which is which, and I'm currently out of town. Bulbs also go on sale during black friday and prime day and all that jazz.

Good luck and happy sleeping!

u/smishmortion · 1 pointr/LifeProTips

Check out the following four things:

  1. Vitamin D is believed to aid in seasonal depression associated with winter

  2. I don't know the real efficacy of it but many swear by [UV lights for the winter] (

  3. Exercise and get out. Sitting around while only make you wallow. Whereas keeping busy releases endorphins which help mood.

  4. To learn more about winter depression look into SAD or [Seasonal Affective Disorder] ( You may find through research on google scholar or something that I can't think of right now

    Good luck
u/sugarloafer · 1 pointr/lifehacks

Sounds like you have what I have:

Light therapy in the morning (20-30min) with melatonin at night works wonders for me.

I suggest this lamp:

The only issue is figuring out when to have the light therapy (it's effective at 730 am for me but not 930 am etc)

u/TiderA · 1 pointr/EOOD

If you can't find the sun, bring the sun to you!

I have one of these and they really legitimately work. It's awesome.

u/envelopes5 · 1 pointr/EOOD

Do you use a sunlamp? I have really bad seasonal affective (it makes my OCD pretty debilitating) but a sun lamp has helped me immensely in ways I couldn't even predict. Here's the one I use. Seriously life changing--definitely give light therapy a try if you haven't yet. (Also this isn't effective treatment for people who experience mania as it can trigger that so read up.)

u/dshafik · 1 pointr/self

You should definitely look into a sun lamp - this isn’t a tanning deal, it just put out bright blue-hued (e.g. sunny daylight hue) light. You set it up to be indirectly shining in your eyes for about 15 minutes and it peps you right up.

I have one on my desk. You’re looking for 10,000 LUX (not Lumens).

Something like this:

But preferably native 240V not the 110V we have here.

I believe Wirecutter has a review so you can read more about them - google it ;)

Source: former Brit, now in Seattle by way of 15 years in sunny Florida. It’s the only thing getting me through the winters.

u/jpreeves · 1 pointr/getdisciplined

Consider checking out light therapy.

This sucker changed my life (don't use the "ionizer" part, though):

It seems like a highly personal thing, but 30 minutes in front of the light box every morning has helped fix my sleep cycles like nothing else, and it's better than relying on supplements to get to bed. 14 hours after my session I feel like a tranq dart hit me. If you try it out, give it a few weeks; you can always just return it if it doesn't work for you.

As for waking up feeling like garbage, that can be a blood sugar thing... try a few spoonfuls of almond butter right before bed, or some oatmeal.

u/jlynnbizatch · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

In addition to indirect sunlight, you could try light therapy. It's essentially reproducing the sun's light inside. There are plenty of products available such as this one and these.

u/Control-Dopamine · 1 pointr/NoFap

Yes here is what saved me..Supplement with some vitamin D and use a high energy light therapy box to emulate the sun for about 30 minutes a day in the morning...There is alot research on how they help with seasonal depression. If you don't know what i am talking about ..

If you buy one make sure it is 10k Lux , anything less then that wont emulate the sun..
There is alot of scientific research on their benefits for Seasonal Depression.

u/mr_richichi · 1 pointr/IWantToLearn

Last year I got myself a SunTouch Plus and it has really worked wonders for me. I used to have MAJOR and debilitating seasonal depression but now I find I am just a little drained feeling. I think if I increase my time with this I could maybe even maintain a better feeling.

Other then that, just try to eat healthy and exercise when possible, those two things combined make a huge difference as well.

u/KMMin14 · 1 pointr/Supplements

I typically do turn all lights off except for one on my night stand prior to bed, and read for 20 minutes to an hour. I've been looking at a few lamps on Amazon that are pretty cheap but have some good reviews.

u/givemeanew_name · 1 pointr/mentalhealth

This was the one I used. I liked it because it also had a negative ion feature, which also boosts your mood. Sometimes I'd lend it to my coworker and she found it really helpful, too (even her dog would sit in front of it!).

Also maybe check out some of these vids by therapist Kati Morton


What should you expect from therapy

What makes a good therapist

5 signs you are seeing a bad therapist

How to get the most out of therapy

Which type of therapy is right for me

depression playlist


Some other things that help me in the winter are planning a vacation somewhere warm if possible, even if it's short, getting outside even if it's cold, opening the blinds to let the natural light in, surrounding myself with "warm" things (cozy blankets, hot tea, springing the extra money to keep the house a few degrees warmer, pictures of warm scenery), and putting on my shoes when I first get out of bed. That last one is hugely important because it helps me set the tone and keep my schedule. If I don't, it's incredibly difficult to get up and moving and the whole day is lost. It also helps my depression in general to use a weighted blanket for sleep and to set up regular things to do with friends/family- grabbing coffee once a week together, going for a walk after dinner with my husband, taking the dog out, etc.

Hope you find what works for you!

u/A_WASP_ATE_MY_DICK · 1 pointr/mindcrack
I think this is the actual lamp that he has. If not, it is still a sunlight lamp.

u/delayclose · 1 pointr/Frugal

That's a completely different device though. The OP is trying to recreate a wake-up light, which aren't meant to be very bright. The light goes on 10-30 minutes before your sound alarm and gradually gets brighter with the intention of gently bringing you closer to wakefulness before the alarm goes off.

You seem to be thinking of something like this, where the idea is to have "light therapy" sessions while you're already awake, right?

u/ltwinky · 1 pointr/Coachella

I have this one. It's plenty bright and has an adjustable timer.

u/rightasrain0919 · 1 pointr/Teachers

So here where I'm at...
Lights to replace the standard fluorescent tubes

A new sun lamp

A three-panel canvas with a forest print.

I'm replacing the dark burgundy lamp shade in there with this.

Plants I'll work out once everything else comes together but the spider plant sounds like an idea.

Thanks for all the ideas everyone!

u/bzentine · 1 pointr/sleep

Here is a link to a random one

Then they have those things to plug into outlets to make the thing plugged in operate on a timer. Here is an example

I saw someone suggested a sunlight alarm clock. If you end up getting one, I’d love to know how you like it. I’ve been thinking about getting one.

u/propagandist · 1 pointr/science

> Light therapy means staring into a 10,000 lux light for 20-30 minutes when you first wake up. You put it about a foot away from your face. The blue spectrum of light can provoke a manic episode in bipolar people though, so watch out if you have that problem. The one I linked to above has blue spectrum (because blue spectrum is significantly cheaper than pure white).
> It also provides some comfort when I am dealing with fatigue (i.e. that jet lag feeling) from altering my sleep hygiene. It's the same sort of comfort you get when stepping out into the sunshine on an early autumn afternoon. You know, when you bask in the sunshine. It feels like that.

u/alice88wa · 1 pointr/Seattle

I know exactly what you mean about the sleepy eyes! I guess I didn't even realize it had gone away for me until I just read this (got mine about 2 months ago). But yes, my eyes just felt tired and like, drowsy.

And yes, OP should absolutely pay more for a quality product. The investment is so worth it. I really like mine although I don't use the 'ion technology' at all. The footprint was smaller than I feared and the light quality is really great. I have to make myself not use it.

u/NoTimeForInfinity · 1 pointr/IAmA

Welcome to Oregon!

Get one of these to ward off teh winter! It makes a difference I promise. The alarm clock is great too!

What are your top three tips to warding off existential dread/depression?

What are some of your favorite songs to shake the blues?

u/bluhend · 1 pointr/Lighting

hey, thanks! which article are you referring to? but towards what you just said, let me ask you I use this light box for probably 3 or 4 hours a day, is that too much? any general advice on the best use of this?

u/melrom · 1 pointr/GiftIdeas

Need a budget.

u/akcoder · 1 pointr/anchorage

This light is cheaper and better. Has a built in timer. I've had mine for 8 years and it's still going strong! The ion "therapy" is a quack, it's an ozone generator. But the rest of the light is awesome!

NatureBright SunTouch Plus Light and Ion Therapy Lamp (package may vary)

u/dayna-mite · 1 pointr/AskReddit

I don't know about actual light boxes (if my roommates weren't gone for study week, I would ask one of them). However, from my short amount of research I just did for you, I liked this one the most.

The most common "bad" comment is it smells like burning plastic. which makes sense for the amount of wattage that is needed for the therapy... and how hot it would get.

but yeah. I liked that one.

u/kokobolo · 1 pointr/bipolar

No not a tanning lamp.

This is the one I had:

NatureBright SunTouch Plus Light and Ion Therapy Lamp

If you've never been manic I wouldn't worry too much about it. Even if you do become a bit hypo you can always just turn off the lamp and wait for it to go away. Just be aware of how your mood is. Good luck !

u/LionessSekhmet · 1 pointr/aspergers

I use a sun lamp for 30 min every day. It definitely helps with seasonal depression, lethargy, and that desire to Eat All The Carbs that I tend to get in winter. However, it doesn't help much (for me) with my sleep schedule or getting mentally & emotionally adjusted to the darkness, especially since using the lamp itself is a change in routine. Despite those shortfalls, it significantly improves my life in winter.

This is the sun lamp that I use, if anyone is interested. They're a bit expensive but not awful; I recommend giving it a try to anyone who suffers from seasonal depression, lethargy, or weight gain.

u/Exomianne · 1 pointr/medicalschool

I ended up getting the Sun Touch Plus, and my friend got the more portable Circadian Optics, and I visited a school that has a Northern Lights one that looks like a lamp, but that brand also sells a bunch of (relatively large) ones.

3 guesses for what state I'm in x.x

u/puttysan · 1 pointr/CasualConversation

It's definitely a known effect that lack of sunlight can cause darker moods. Have you looked into getting a Seasonal Affective Disorder Lamp? Lots of people find them to be useful.

u/Hashtaglibertarian · 1 pointr/Showerthoughts

I work nights because my circadian rhythm is definitely reversed.

However I know that light therapy has been shown to work for fixing circadian rhythms too. It's not just any light - look on amazon for the specific kinds. Essentially you wake up and stare at this light for 15 minutes and it helps your body wake up. It also works for seasonal depression. It also resets your clock so your asleep earlier.

Example - NatureBright SunTouch Plus Light and Ion Therapy Lamp (package may vary)

u/foreverk · 1 pointr/LifeProTips

Buy something like this. My husband and I both occasionally get seasonal depression and this made such a difference. Turn it on while browsing reddit or doing work on the computer and it really will help!

u/wainwrik · 1 pointr/Fibromyalgia

10,000 lux

Here's the one I have:
Nature Bright SunTouch Plus Light and Ion Therapy

u/technicalk0 · 1 pointr/Narcolepsy

I swear by this sun lamp! I use it mostly for the winter blues, but I bet it would help with energy levels too.

u/fruitheart · 1 pointr/getdisciplined

Daily tasks

  • body weight exercises
  • back and leg strengthening exercises
  • eat healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner

    Irregular tasks

  • visit cfmeu building and ask about work
  • Ask supervisor about employment opportunities either under him or elsewhere?

  • buy depression supplements including 'saffron' and light
  • Cut out Y.Yang from your interest list, she's not into the same things as you and remember the Y.Lai experience, it gets draining but hard to leave. People are addictive after all..
  • Cut 'Bain from your interest list, since she's incredible but her nose is not ideal and she doesn't know/like to let to dance (or hasn't demonstrated so yet!). But, her mind is really special. Friend her for that intelligence and her character! Wow.
  • Cut Catherine from your interest list since you felt kinda bored and not totally proud when you hung out....I guess..reluctantly, you should do the same for Raj* for the same reasons :< won't help a face.

  • insight, become less grandiose
  • insight, go from pick up artist to boyfriend material
  • apply to become a psychepi here or there
  • buy running track pants that I can wear under my other pants for warmthy (actually, don't do this - save money)
  • consider upgrading formal, walking, running and hiking shoes in one go (actually, don't do this - save money)
  • use debit card statement to track expenses, but cancel transefrs from one of my own accounts
  • get warm but manouverable gloves maybe from aussie disposals or similar
  • ask the low cost dentist at uni about jaw...

    Heroic task

  • Complete then submit for assessment (first draft submission) and feedback from classmates 7 Lesswrong-complice pomos of scientific research (both musculoskeletal and psychiatric research projects) 3 pomo sci done


  • cut down possessions and property
  • upgrade your engagement as appropriate
u/gnorrn · 1 pointr/IWantToLearn
u/BadLifeBrendan · 1 pointr/Panicattacks

Thank you! Light therapy is basically re training your body to wake up to "natural" light. Humans have historically woken up to the sun rising and shining in our faces, which is arguably the cause of a lot of depression and anxiety in our culture today. So my therapist recommended me two things, the Philips HF3520 wake-up alarm clock and the NatureBright SunTouch plus.

The Philips alarm clock wakes you up with a simulated sunrise in your room plus some more "gentle" alarm noises (aside from the beach with the annoying seagulls - unless that's your thing lol) which so far I'm loving. There are a few videos on YouTube of it that give you the run down on how it works, it's really cool.

The NatureBright light is basically a bright as hell light you shove in your face for half an hour within 15 mins of waking up. I've done some google research on the therapy and some say that with the alarm clock you would get your sufficient light therapy for the day but my psych was very insistent that I use the 10,000 lux lamp, especially if I could only afford one.

Which brings me to my next point... These aren't cheap at all. The total for both lights was $316 CAD with the fastest shipping, which to me could potentially be worth it if it helps even a little bit with my depression and/or anxiety. I know I've already spent over that amount on medication and I'd rather try to wean myself off of the meds and use more natural methods. I'm hoping this works, and so far it seems like it will be pretty effective, and maybe if someone else reading this decides to try light therapy it could help them out as well.

u/dr_poop · 1 pointr/Buddhism

I originally expected to find it to be hokum. I don't really do homeopathic or alternative medicine stuff. But I have found it to really work for me both with energy level, mood, and sleeping well.

I have a bigger one for home, but this one is currently at my desk and it's great.. 10,000 lux seems to be a good target to look for, but I'm not an expert.

u/csmoot · 1 pointr/bipolar

I bought this one and use it for 15 minutes each morning.

If you get one, whatever one you get, it needs to be about 12-18 inches away from your face and your eyes have to be open. I set it on my desk and do my morning reading while it's on.

u/Gophertime · 1 pointr/askscience

What about this thing, any risk of blue light hazard with it? I've been using one for a couple years for SAD and jet lag.

u/rockypinnacle · 1 pointr/Health

I've found a blue light box to be very helpful.

u/mahlzeit · 1 pointr/Fitness

You could maybe try using a light therapy device. Since I'm using this I feel like I'm much more well-rested in the morning (9/10 nights in contrast to maybe 1/10 nights before), although I'm not actually sleeping any longer.

u/diggcalledtheymissu · 1 pointr/AskReddit
u/erasmus42 · 1 pointr/AskEngineers

They have medical devices specifically made for this, such as:

Research has shown that it is blue light in the morning that is most effective for regulating sleep cycles, and it must shine into your eyes.

I've found that taking 1mg of melatonin a few hours before bed works well.

However, it would be best if you saw a doctor about it and get prescribed a proper therapy. It could be something else like sleep apnea or mild depression, which require different treatment.

u/justiceT · 1 pointr/AdviceAnimals

Sure, Here is the one I have, I'm sure there's a newer model now. Should be able to get one for under $100. check eBay.

u/biodebugger · 1 pointr/Health

Light affects at least three things I know of: Vitamin D (UVB), circadian rhythm regulation (want more blue early in day, less blue after dusk), and mood (I think light intensity is important, not sure about spectrum).

I second dbilz's comment about vitamin D3 supplementation for the first. For the other two I sit in front of a BLU light during breakfast (~ 20 mins) whenever it's cloudy or dreary. I don't know for sure that it helps, but I think it does. I suspect this is safer than using a UV bulb.

u/cdahlkvist · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Yes, there is another one by Philips that is programmable. They didn't have it available when I got mine but it is fully programmable.

I'm not pushing Philips products, it's just the brand I have experience with. Again, I am sure there are others for cheaper out there.

Also, as Jerome said, you can just get a electric timer. Much cheaper than paying extra for the programmable one (it's cheaper than the one I have though).

u/Richy_T · 1 pointr/explainlikeimfive

I have this one and tried using it for a while but truly, I didn't really notice much difference. I maybe should give it another go but I misplaced the charger and we're coming out of winter now anyway.

u/xGGxGGx · 1 pointr/LifeProTips

Agreed. I use the Philips Golite every morning at work:

u/fyrie · 1 pointr/helpme

Rugs and tapestries. Bright or light colored. Also get yourself a happy lamp. I have one and it keeps my mood up during dark and rainy days.


u/PartyDannyTanner · 1 pointr/NoFap

I got myself one of these a few years ago because of the low daylight hours in the winter. Essentially this helps with keeping things bright with how gloomy and dark winter can be.

u/jesse_james · 1 pointr/macsetups

I find the Verilux HappyLight ( to be a wonderful addition to my desk. Sure, it takes a while to adjust to having a small sun beaming in your peripheral, but when you identify yourself as the "outdoor type" and your desk doesn't face any desks, anything that will combat seasonal affective disorder can't be all bad.

u/virak_john · 1 pointr/Columbus

Exercise. Don't drink too much coffee. Don't drink too much alcohol. Buy a happy light. I bought this one. I don't care if it's the placebo effect. It works for me.

edit: Now included the link. Whoops.

u/LittleMissBlue · 1 pointr/AskReddit

I overeat, oversleep, and take Vitamin D supplements. My best friend bought me a light box as an early Christmas present: -- I never bought one for myself because it seemed expensive and I was very skeptical of light therapy, but holy shit, it actually works. I just put it next to my laptop while I'm Facebooking/LiveJournaling/Redditing for 30-45 minutes in the morning, and it really helps me get through the day. I just wish I had bought one for myself sooner instead of waiting for someone to buy one for me; I was diagnosed with SAD many years ago, and basically did nothing to treat it and was miserable for a long time. :/

u/hambot · 1 pointr/BipolarReddit

I got the Lightphoria for about $70. It's 10,000 lux and hopefully it'll work as well as the spendy models.

u/hellnoggin · 1 pointr/insomnia

Its possible that the lack of exposure to sunlight in winter is affecting your circadian rhythm. Consider getting a SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) lamp and try 1 hr exposure each day in the morning. If nothing else, it'll probably improve your mood.

Here's an example of what I mean (no affiliation)

u/dolcebellaluna · 1 pointr/BipolarReddit

The fall is really triggering to me for a variety of reasons. I was simultaneously raped and diagnosed with bipolar disorder in the same October of 2008. I've also coincidentally always been under a lot of stress from work. I've already found myself sleeping more, eating less. I just pulled out my "light box" and am going to start setting that up in the mornings. Here's the link. We'll see how it goes. I'd prefer not to add any more medication to my cocktail if I can curb this on my own.

u/blackbirdblue · 1 pointr/Frugal

I've got one of these.

u/maiden_fan · 1 pointr/sleep

I have tried many things over the years, not even sure which ones were the best ! Looks like you are already doing the basics right, so something else is off. There is no one right answer for any person. Here are some other things you can and should try that helped me:

  1. Order a cooling pillow pad that you can put on top of the pillow. I use it and it helps me fall asleep much faster. I ordered one from amazon. the brain needs to experience 2-3 degrees lower temperature than the rest of the body to doze off.

  2. How is your state of mind even when awake ? Do you find it hard to be relaxed or calm ?
    Try meditating daily using Try the 10 minute session. can you do it easily ? If not, that's an important signal right there - your mind is too anxious or has a hard time slowing down. Try learning to slow down at will with this website once or twice daily and this will greatly train your inner system to relax and go deeper at will. It's all about practice when you are awake.

  3. Try calming or white noise generation machines - they play the sound of waterfalls, ocean waves, white noise and so on. They are really cheap but help engage the mind to slow it down and avoid it from getting side tracked.

  4. What's your sleeping ritual ? Do you just try to sleep and get stuck in your thoughts ? Browse the phone ? Read a book ? All of these have dramatically different sleep induction effects. Reading a non-fiction book on kindle works amazingly well for me. If I take the phone with me, it keeps me awake for a couple of hours.

  5. I know someone who had a high concentration of heavy metals in his body - that completely messed up his sleep. He had to go through a prolonged process to get those out in some hospital but it eventually helped. Not sure how you would get tested for that and its a less common thing. but trying some detox treatments anyway to get any junk can only help. Try wheatgrass pills or other detox stuff on amazon.

  6. Have you gotten blood work done recently ? How are your vitamins/minerals ? If you are very short on D for example, that can totally interfere with melatonin production. another biggie is magnesium. Taking magnesium mixed with water promotes calmness - I have had great success with this, in feeling relaxed and sleeping in general. Specifically I have: Sometimes treating simple imbalances like these can change things dramatically.

  7. Yoga is another very versatile solution to issues like these. It promotes healthy hormonal activity and exercises the lymph system - very critical for getting rid of your inner cellular junk. It requires more effort than stuff I've described above, but its positive effects on your mind, body and inner organs are well known.

  8. Try using sunlight therapy: Not sure how much sun you get so this really depends on that. Getting sunlight in morning regulates your melatonin cycle. This simulates that and just using it for 15-20 minutes everyday has a very strong effect.
    For example:

    That's a bunch of stuff I know from first hand and others' experience. Most of these may be experimental for you and will work to varying degrees. But my philosophy is if it doesn't hurt, no harm giving anything a fair shot !

u/EllitrixApt · 1 pointr/WinterBlues

It says that model isn’t available anymore. I have one at my house and one at my job.

u/gir722 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This link gives a great breakdown on what to look for in the light box. This lamp on amazon is similar to the one my mom has. It's perfect for on a desk at work or while reading. Fair warning these lamps can get very pricey!

u/gloomduckie · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

You might have seasonal affective disorder (I have it too). It's when the lack of sunlight in the winter months leaves you feeling depressed and lethargic. I would recommend getting a faux sunlight lamp and also drinking lots of orange juice and taking walks in the morning while the sun is high in the sky. The lamp will also help you sleep better at night if you have it on you all day. You should be feeling better and more motivated if you're able to do what I'm suggesting.

u/xandarg · 1 pointr/EOOD

Hey bud, normally I'd have a ton of exercise tips, but it sounds like you already know what works and just have to find the time. If you need more time, try working out from home. An adjustable dumbbell set and a bench are really all you need, heck you could make due with just a pull up bar and your body weight, as well. Let me know if you want advice finding exercise alternatives you can do at home.

You mentioned you might be suffering from SAD as well (less daylight in the winter worsening mood). I do too, and something that I recently found actually, honestly works is a sun lamp. Every morning I wake up and spend 30 minutes in front of this little thing reading/doing computer work/stretching my hamstrings/meditating. It's just critical that your face is 1-1.5 feet from the light, but you shouldn't look directly into it. Here's the one I got for $60. It helps me feel more awake all day, and GREATLY reduces the frequency of days where I feel deeply depressed. It doesn't make me feel like I'm magically the happiest person on earth, but it helps me feel normal instead of having that weird cloud of anhedonia over my head in the winter. My doc prescribed it, and I'm so glad she did!

u/McDuchess · 1 pointr/aspergers

This: is the sun lamp I have. It's small, so can easily be transported back and forth to your job.

Just doing what you do, for a half hour in the morning, with it on the highest intensity, really helps with energy levels.

This is the new and improved model. I got the original one 15 years ago for a (requested) birthday present. I was traveling a lot for my job, and I could throw it in my suitcase and use it in the hotel room before I had to go spend the day teaching home healthcare nurses how to do charting on a laptop.

u/modernparadigm · 1 pointr/cfs

JFC, I'm so sorry to hear about this.

You said you got your hormones checked--do you mean your thyroid levels at an Endocrinologist? I suddenly got worse this year, and I found out that I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (autoimmune of the thyroid). Sometimes they just test your surface TSH levels, but with Hashi's, it fluctuates (thyroid stops working well, then tries again to work etc.) So you have to test the "antibodies". Give it a go, if you haven't.

I've been through several birth controls in my life, but there was also one instance where I became SEVERELY fatigued on it. Like ridiculously fatigued like you've mentioned. I'd never had that kind of fatigue happen before, so my brain is always like, "did I get lupus?" or something.
But turns out, once I stopped the birth control, I was better. That one messed up my energy.

I second the light therapy box if you're stuck indoors. I have this one and it's great. There are cheaper ones too.

Also vitamin D! Seriously! If you aren't getting enough sunlight, your fatigue will get worse if you are vitamin D/and calcium deficient. Also your b12 levels/iron levels, if they are low can contribute to fatigue. (Low iron specifically, can make you anemic--but you have to watch this vitamin, because too much IS very harmful.)
Have you got your vitamin levels checked?

I live in Japan, and I'm thinking about applying for some caregiver help--but unfortunately, I've been out of the States for so long, I don't know how it works. But I do know such programs MUST exist for people with disabilities.

It looks like someone underneath me (mynipsareonfire) knows a little bit about it. Please take all of their advice.

I think of course, even though you don't want your grandparents to be your caretakers, you can ask them, just for this--to help you fill out the forms for the people to come to your house and judge your disability and talk to you about it. Do be afraid to ask for help when you need it. You can tell them this will get you back up on your feet a little.

Anyway healing vibes and energy to you. I don't have a lot myself, but I wish I could give some to you.

u/aunawn · 1 pointr/DIY

Something like this?

I think you leave it on as much as possible to treat SAD. It's a bit expensive but if you can set it up on a timer it might work great as a wake-up light too.

u/acatnamedsam · 1 pointr/getdisciplined

The two things that have improved my sleep issues the most are giving up caffeine and using a light box.

Caffeine never kept me up at night, so I resisted giving it up for years. But when I finally gave it up for a month as an experiment I found I needed less sleep, and it was so much easier to wake up in the mornings.

The light box is a new addition, but it's been amazing. The trick for me is to use it as soon as I wake up for about thirty minutes. It helps me wake up in the morning, but most importantly I find it so much easier to fall asleep at a reasonable time. I didn't expect that, so it was a pleasant discovery.

Good luck!

u/shinyacorns · 1 pointr/Seattle

I have a cheaper one and it works fine:

My doctor said it should be 10,000 lux.

And yes, Vitamin D is also essential.

u/skysplitter · 1 pointr/Paleo

There's a difference in between the lamp you listed and one of the lights meant for SAD. But, I have both the one you link to and this one for SAD.

The "wake up" light you've got a link to is OK for an alarm clock/wake up device. I've had it for a few years and it wasn't until I combined it with the Sleep Cycle app that I've found it really helps wake me up. (I should say I am NOT a morning person and have a difficult time getting out of bed in general.) That being said, it's just a wake up device. It's not meant for SAD because the lighting is not bright enough.

The little Sphere gizmo I use for SAD I turn on twice a day- once in the morning and once in the early afternoon. It has buttons to do a 15, 30 or 45 minute cycle. I just do 2 15 minute cycles and have found that it really helps with SAD. I live in Washington, DC now, but I wish I knew about these when I lived up in MA. I think it would've made a big difference when I was in college, etc.

TL;DR- Wake up lamp is maybe worth it at best. SAD bright light lamps, if you have SAD, are worth it IMO.

u/Kikiface12 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I definitely bring lots of book.. on my tablet! Yay for the kindle app, right?!

Also, I can't speak for the effectiveness as of yet, but everyone seems to be posting about canned oxygen to help with the sickness.

I'm probably going to ship some to Grammy's house, because I don't think it'll clear TSA haha

u/xaronax · 1 pointr/tifu

That's just poor planning.

u/jaggededge242 · 1 pointr/AirForce

Practice with pure O2, they sell canned O2 in some stores, and if you get the balance right you can oxidize your blood at a high percentage before running.


CAUTION: Too much O2 can make you sick/light-headed.




Edit: Pro-tip breathe in a bunch of oxygen, get sick and after that get a waiver.

u/msantangelo · 1 pointr/dogemarket

I mean I agree, given that they're about to go and make orders available for all, but at the same time if someone wants the invite NOW ~$3 USD isn't bad for it.

Also, really, come on dude, no need to curse about it.

u/landsharkxx · 1 pointr/starbucks
u/Acernal · 1 pointr/infj

Maybe try a Verliux lamp, or one specialized for seasonal affective disorder? I've never tried it personally, but an old family member of mine was gifted one of these since she could hardly leave the house. Seemed to work well - might be cool to have on a desk, or wherever you spend a lot of alone time.

u/twelvis · 1 pointr/vancouver

I have this one

I don't have anything to compare it to, but I like it. It's quite easy to move around with you and very bright.

u/MelonKnights · 1 pointr/ADHD

Oh, that can be tricky with coworkers. I got some of these acupressure rings, and they make a nice fidget toy, and kinda help me destress a bit. I'm not sure if that will help you.


u/McDreads · 1 pointr/climbing

[These are great too!](Goda Acupressure Massage Rings (Set of 5)

You can take them anywhere and they feel great! There’s are the ones I use but there are cheaper options on amazon

u/CrippledMonki · 1 pointr/bouldering

Like everyone said stretching throughout the day and proper hydration. I also use these and really like them

u/minnie1008897 · 1 pointr/xxfitness

So the page is gone for the one I bought, but here's an alarm clock version that's unfortunately pricy and here's the one I had previously that isn't as bright. I'd recommend getting something bigger or brighter than the second one.

My current one is insanely bright and makes all the difference. It's called "NatureBright SunTouch Plus Light and Ion Therapy." It is 10,000 LUX. Since your purposes are for waking up, you might want an alarm version anyway.

u/LaTortugaConQueso · 1 pointr/NoStupidQuestions

Mmmmk... so I've been awake for like 23 hours at this point but I'm going to work a 12 hour shift tomorrow so I'm going to try to answer now without sounding loopy.

Okay so, it's kinda shitty that the doctor threw so many prescriptions at you. I mean, I'm not a doctor, so obviously their word always trumps a tech. I just really don't like when doctors hand out prescriptions to try to fix problems that might be solved without them. I want my husband to try nuvigil because he DOES have OSA, and he's getting treatment, and still super tired.

Anyway, so I mentioned delayed sleep/wake phase disorder earlier. The name of this disorder is kinda misleading because it makes it sound like there is something wrong with you, but in reality it's a set of behaviors that got you there. It would be super nice if your body just did exactly what you told it to do, and you could sleep exactly when you wanted right when it was convenient, but unfortunately it doesn't always work that way. So, you mentioned having issues where you'll be tired through most of the day but then you get a boost at like 11pm. This is, for the most part, normalish. Your circadian rhythm is kind of like a rolling tide all day and all night. For the average person there is a specific time of day you're most awake (10am) and going to get groggy (4pm) and it happens when you're asleep too! IIRC 4am, while you're sleeping, is when you're the most "awake" during sleep. So with delayed sleep phase disorder, you've basically conditioned your body to do this normal circadian rhythm process but not at the right hours. This actually is super super common for teenagers to do, and I actually do it myself. I have very serious problems being on a 1st shift schedule and when I was on first shift I would find myself drifting towards staying up till 4am on the weekends and then I would be fucked trying to sleep Sunday night. So this is what I think has happened to you. The "best" way they say to fix this is to set your sleep time later every day in increments of like 30 minutes until you've made it around the clock and land at a more normal people time to sleep. That is completely and totally insane though and I have no idea who would be able to do that, you'd have to have no job or school or obligations at all. The easiest way to do it is on a weekend stay up all night long until you're fucking exhausted and then go to bed at a normal people time, like 10pm. After that, you have to force yourself to commit to it. You will definitely find yourself drifting again if you allow it, but you have to be firm about your bed time, and eventually it'll stick. So that's my first set of advice.

My second advice is to buy a light box. Most of them are really expensive but I bought this one which is pretty reasonably priced and unobtrusive. Use that fucker every. single. morning. Make it part of your getting ready process. Alarm goes off, you turn on your light, and then sit in front of it for like 20 minutes while you go through your phone, eat breakfast, whatever. This should help you a ton, like you have no idea. Your body needs this light to tell it to wake the fuck up, and it should help with grogginess a lot. It won't happen overnight but in a few weeks if you stick with it there should be improvement.

My other general tips that I'm sure you've heard before: take melatonin like an hour before bed every night. I actually do this and it really helps the quality of your sleep. Doing this goes hand in hand with the light therapy in telling your suprachiasmatic nucleus when it should and should not be signaling sleep. Also if you're determined to look at your phone leading up to bed (I'm guilty of this) then install an app to filter out your blue light. I have one and it's on a timer so I don't even have to remember to turn it on. But if you really can be disciplined, read a book before bed. And don't get in bed until you're ready to sleep. If you still can't sleep, don't just lay in bed tossing and turning. Get out of bed for like 20 minutes and read a book and then try sleeping again. Sleepytime tea also can be helpful if it has valerian root in it, which is proven to make you drowsy. And of course, never ever ever ever EVER drink caffeine after lunch. This is my firm rule here, this will fuck with you in ways you don't even realize. Once you've tapered down your caffeine, if you try drinking it again you'll notice how fucking wired it makes you.

That's all I've got, hopefully it was helpful. Let me know if you have any more questions, I don't mind answering at all!

u/meriendaselgato · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I bought mine at Bed Bath & Beyond, but I had to check which local store had them since only 1 of 5 stores in my area carries them (you can use a 20% off coupon btw, which took my price down to $32 from $40). You can also Amazon Prime it for the full price of $40. This is the model I have.

u/SuckinLemonz · 1 pointr/Rabbits

It is not the best situation, but if you get them a sun-lamp (sold as "SAD lights" on amazon) or "full spectrum light bulbs", that will help a LOT. If you get the sun lamp, be sure to protect the cord so they can't chew it. Also, you can get multi-vitamins from oxbow and those will help too.

You can also get a portable play pen to set up outside for a few hours every day so they can have sunlight. Make sure to get one with a top AND bottom so that they don't escape or get attacked by animals.

u/jessicasaidicould · 1 pointr/DecidingToBeBetter

I have the hardest time getting up too... this happy light changed my routine— I turn it on at 6.30am and I’m more willing to leave my bed at 7am than without the light, plus it helps with my seasonal depression :)

u/Magicverse · 1 pointr/lawofattraction

Have you tried an SAD lamp? I have one and it helps. They are used specifically for this purpose, they provide the light spectrum missing at this time of year.

Here’s an link to one from Amazon: Verilux HappyLight Compact Personal, Portable Light Therapy Energy Lamp

u/McGillFilterResearch · 1 pointr/mcgill I've purchased this one and have been using it for the past 3 years. It's really good, i personally think it helps me a lot :)

u/kourtneykaye · 1 pointr/AmateurRoomPorn

This is the one I have. I originally bought one for my boyfriend who spends all day indoors so I needed a small, desk sized one. He liked it so much I bought myself one haha

u/IAmAcatonredditAMA · 1 pointr/AskTrollX

You can always get a lamp like this if you don't want to go to a tanning bed. My aunt who lives in Seattle swears by these things.

Edit: nvm, just noticed you mentioned it in another comment. Carry on :)

u/campermortey · 1 pointr/cscareerquestions

This is the one I got. I keep it on my desk, at about 10 o clock position to my face. It's affordable and does the job

u/AlexDeGreat · 1 pointr/WinterBlues

I bought this from a pharmacy

Seems crazy haha, but I find it very helpful, i use it for 45 minutes in the morning, not every morning

u/jvans · 1 pointr/sleep

You can nudge your circadian rhythm forward (fall asleep earlier) with proper blue light exposure. The science is interesting but essentially it causes your body to produce melatonin earlier in the evening which helps induce sleep. The easiest way to do that is to go for a walk outside right after you wake up for about 30 minutes or alternatively there are blue light therapy products that can help.

On the flip side of this, you want to avoid blue light in the evening, as this can suppress the expression of melatonin. Don't look at electronics before bed, and / or buy blue light blocking sunglasses and wear them for a few hours before you fall asleep.

u/whiteycar · 1 pointr/Calgary
u/TheDrunkenOwl · 1 pointr/mentalhealth

This works surprisingly well. It's a bit expensive, but in my opinion it's worth it (There are others that are cheaper, this is just the one I use).

I set it to turn on 30 minutes before I have to get up.

EDIT: Side note, my psychiatrist recommended this for SAD.

u/TheVast · 1 pointr/halifax

We're still hard-wired to want to slow down, pack on pounds and wait out the winter. My gym motivation has taken a real hit, too.

Have you ever thought about one of those S.A.D. lights? I thought these were all useless until my s.o. got one and I must say I've noticed a motivation improvement come February when it's breakfast time and still dark out.

u/Justcallitanight · 1 pointr/Nootropics

Can I ask where you bought yours? I tried searching on Amazon and wasn't able to find that one. While I like the look of yours better I saw this one and was considering giving it a try, but I do like how your's stands more upright.

u/Mia-X · 1 pointr/StackAdvice

I think that he was talking about something like this:

I personally only need it during winter when I don't get enough sunlight.

u/sometimesineedhelp · 1 pointr/AdviceAnimals

Have you had a full blood panel done lately? Thyroid, dehydration, & low iron or vitamin D & B levels can all affect energy levels. The insomnia you describe can still happen if you are tired when you go to bed, it's hard to turn your brain off.

For just one week do the following:

  • Drink 16 oz of water first thing in the morning, again at noon, and about 2 hours before bed in addition to drinking smaller glasses of water whenever you are thirsty and with every meal.

  • Take some vitamin D & B12 supplements (if you are a menstruating woman, go ahead and take the iron too, but if you are a man, wait for a blood panel to tell your doctor if you are low or not)

  • Get a SAD light, and sit under it for 15 minutes first thing in the mornings at the same time each day while you eat breakfast - I like this one

    That's what has helped me.
u/solsiegel · 1 pointr/pornfree

I've been using a light therapy box for 30 minutes every morning at 8:30AM because I'm participating in a sleep study with Columbia University. After six weeks of that, I have to attribute a lot of improvements in mood and energy levels throughout the day to this light and maintaining a regular sleep schedule because of it.

u/VisJerryhouseSizzler · 1 pointr/bjj

I use one of these things because it lets me apply pressure without upsetting my alignment and allows me to use easy force. Great for a ton of muscle groups and for self defense in a a pinch according to my kids

u/andi1235 · 1 pointr/LifeProTips

These work pretty well. But shop around, you can find them cheaper. I've seen them at 5 Below, for example.

u/claycat · 1 pointr/SexToys

It's actually not designed as a sex toy, it is a back massager for getting to knots in the shoulder.

u/um_hi_there · 1 pointr/essentialoils

I have a small, cheapy one from Amazon, and it's perfect. It was maybe $15 on sale. I don't think you need to spend a lot on one, or get a big one. The small ones will go for hours on the intermittent setting, which is the way to go.

Mine is something like this, but like I said, whichever one it was, I didn't pay full price.

u/Str8_Pillin · 1 pointr/asktrp

Axe body spray and black ice air fresheners.

For real, basic stuff like dishes, laundry (clothes and sheets), trash, old shit in the refrigerator. General maintenance will keep the smells from mysteriously appearing.

And then, get a candle. You don't need 20. Not every square inch of your place needs to smell like mangos and lilacs. If you have 1, and the rest of the place smells like nothing because you're not an animal and you clean, then that should be enough to give the illusion of your whole house smelling like that first room

EDIT: And if you really want to go all out, this thing works pretty good from what i've seen. I don't actually have one.

u/nighttvales · 1 pointr/Indiemakeupandmore

Yep! I have this guy.

I haven't had luck with primarily tea scents on my skin yet so I usually just away, but this sounds so nice I'd pick it up for my home! If it works on my skin that's just a bonus. Thank you for your feedback. It's definitely going on my wishlist.

u/bmalbert81 · 1 pointr/AskMen
u/stealyourfaceforabit · 1 pointr/shrooms

Can’t find the link for my specific model, but I got this one for a friend and she loves it


u/ThePinkPanther2 · 1 pointr/AskMenOver30

A lot of the recommendations so far are pretty solid. In your case because you travel so much, I would also suggest using smell (aromatherapy) to enhance your life. The way that some thing or some place smells is key to our experience of that object or location. When we are most moved, our senses directly inscribe our remembrances. Even our mood and behavior is influenced by smell.

I caution against using air fresheners, or aromatherapy, as a daily practice simply because of possible side effects (e.g. air quality, migraine, etc.). But in moderation, it has been known to help alleviate stress and other psychological issues.

When you travel half the day on the road, you may be cutting yourself off from a huge range of scents that people take for granted. By testing different essential oils and using a small portable diffuser like this one or an even smaller one like this, you could easily create a self-care travel kit that provides you with some extra comfort.

u/Lt-SwagMcGee · 1 pointr/LifeProTips

Its both. This is the one I have at home.

You can get cheaper ones on Amazon like this one.

As for essential oils, I find that lemongrass, eucalyptus and tea tree oils emulate a Thai massage parlor the best. These are the ones that I use. You only to add 2-5 drops each time so a small bottle can last you a really long time.

u/InsurrectionalLeader · 1 pointr/ZeroWaste

It’s this one from Amazon (linked below). It’s plastic though if you’re trying to avoid that. Young Living oils (MLM company) has a wood and glass option. It’s VERY expensive, but I linked that too in case you’re interested!

Your main concern with “cheap” diffusers is the plastic lining. This should be a good, hard plastic otherwise your oils will erode the lining and you’ll be diffusing plastic. I’ve had mine for nearly a year and I love it. Just something to keep in mind if you want a different diffuser. :)

Amazon Diffuser

Wood and Glass diffuser

u/RT626 · 1 pointr/adaptogens

Organic Ashwagandha Root Powder 1200mg - 120 Veggie Capsules - Ashwaganda Supplement - Black Pepper Extract for Increased Absorption

u/justaguy82 · 1 pointr/Nootropics

I have been taking Ashwagandha - they also have a black pepper extract. I got them from Amazon. I have also been taking a b12 supplement. I have been feeling better and better, closer and closer to normal.

u/danobro · 1 pointr/StackAdvice

Our current stack looks like this and is still a work in progress. Please comment as to what might be better options, thanks!.

Updated 8/30:

Protein Smoothie - Garden of Life, 1x/day in am

Green Drink - Garden of Life, 1x/day in am w/ prot smoothie

Multi - Centrum Silver then changing to Pure Encapsulations, 1xday in am w/ breakfast

Lecithin (phos choline) - Moms Organic Market sunflower<br /> no link<br /> <br /> Fish Oil - Nordic Naturals, 2x/day in am/pm<br />;amp;ie=UTF8&amp;amp;qid=1503340380&amp;amp;sr=1-30&amp;amp;keywords=nordic+naturals+fish+oil<br /> <br /> B12 - Jarrow Forumla Methyl, 1x/day in am<br />;amp;th=1<br /> <br /> Ginko - Moms Organic Market, 2x/day in am/pm
no link

L-theanine/Gaba - Allergy Research Group, 2x/day in am/pm;amp;ie=UTF8&amp;amp;qid=1503340983&amp;amp;sr=1-5&amp;amp;keywords=allergy+research+group

Melatonin - Moms Organic Market, 1x/day in pm<br /> no link<br /> <br /> Digestive Support - Trifal Ayush Herbs, 1x/day in pm<br />;amp;ie=UTF8&amp;amp;qid=1503341173&amp;amp;sr=1-11&amp;amp;keywords=ayush+herbs<br /> <br /> Magnesium - Mega Mag Moms Market, 1x/day in pm
no link

Aloe Vera - Solaray, 1x/day in pm - plan to discontinue when done;amp;ie=UTF8&amp;amp;qid=1503341317&amp;amp;sr=1-1-spons&amp;amp;keywords=solaray+aloe+vera&amp;amp;psc=1

Vitamin C - Viva Naturals, 2x day in am/pm;amp;psc=1

DHEA - Zhou, 1x day in am;amp;psc=1

Phos Serine - Doctors Best, 2x day in am/pm<br />;amp;th=1<br /> <br /> Alcarn - Natures Trove, 2x day in am/pm;amp;psc=1

CoQ10- Garden of Life Raw, 1x day in am;amp;psc=1

B Complex - Garden of Life Raw, 2xday in am/pm;amp;psc=1

Current on order:

Turmeric/Curcumin - Key Nutrition;amp;th=1

PQQ - Health Through Nutrition;amp;th=1

Resveratrol - BRI Nutrition;amp;psc=1

Alpha GPC - VitaMonk;amp;psc=1

Alpha-Lipoic Acid - Doctor`s Best;amp;th=1

Bacopa Monnieri - Pure Mountain Botanicals;amp;psc=1

Ashwagandha - Nutra Herbs;amp;th=1

Bacopa will be replacing Ginko and Alpha GPC will replace the lecithin. Any other suggestions are welcome, the stack in its current form is a bit unmanageable however it helps to empty the capsules into the protein smoothie in the morning and into a blueberry keifr milk smoothie in the afternoon or early evening.

u/PsychSoclWrkr · 1 pointr/mentalhealth

Verilux HappyLight VT22 Lucent 10,000 Lux LED Bright White Light Therapy Lamp

u/jwh7699 · 1 pointr/wallstreetbets

You may have already bought one like this. It's good to give a try.

Verilux HappyLight VT22 Lucent 10,000 Lux LED Bright White Light Therapy Lamp

u/chrisssypoo · 1 pointr/bipolar2

Sorry you’re feeling that way 💛 my husband’s psychiatrist recommended one of these lights to help him through the winter. Have you heard of them/considered them before?

u/jmurphy42 · 0 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

These are a more effective treatment, vastly safer, and more cost-effective in the long run to boot.

u/Heretical_Fool · 0 pointsr/gaming

Too bad this isn't a thing.

u/MEatRHIT · 0 pointsr/bodybuilding

That would be the idea behind these.

u/Cuisinart_Killa · -3 pointsr/getdisciplined

I used a bluelight. It simulates traveling, and creates a sensation of mental well being. You set the light to the side, and set the intensity. It creates a sensation of walking / traveling while you are working or whatever.;amp;qid=1501198761&amp;amp;sr=8-6&amp;amp;keywords=blue+light

The original one was called a "golight" but is very hard to get now.

Humans have a desire to get up and travel every day for food, exploration, etc. The light simulates that
and it creates a mental state that is very pleasant. Don't overdo the brightness or time, more is not better. If you use it too long you feel like you have sunstroke. Quite amusing.