I've recently moved to a new apartment. My last place had windows on all sides of the building, unobstructed views and an infinite amount of sunlight no matter what time of day. I always felt happy and comfortable.
I've only lived in our new apartment for 2 weeks now, and I'm starting to feel depressed. Not only has it been super rainy outside, but now I'm in a huge courtyard-style building with limited windows and there's NEVER any natural light coming in. I have to turn lights on even during the day because it's just so dark. In addition, my sleep schedule is thrown completely off since there's no natural light to wake me up. I used to just wake up easily, and now I find that I want to sleep all day, and when I do wake up, I'm groggy and don't feel rested.
Since I can't change the way the sun shines, it seems my next best solution is to use those lightbulbs that mimic daylight. Has anyone used them before? I feel like they'll be awesome for me during the day, but what do I do at night? I don't want it to be daylight all the time, I just can't stand how much I feel like I live in a dungeon!
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on April 18, 2013
at 02:08 PM
Sounds like the stereotypical Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) to me. The day lights/light boxes are certainly something to try (but it doesn't work for everyone, you won't know till you try it). You don't need to be using them all day. The lightboxes are usually used for a "short" amount of time.
I have a Philips Blue GoLite that can use for 15-30 minutes in the morning to help reset circadian times during travel (it's also used for SAD). You have it to the side facing you in the morning (you don't stare into the light).
If your eyes are sensitive to light, you'll want to be careful with lightboxes because they can damage your eyesight.