With longer nights and shorter days fast approaching, a significant drop in sunshine and colder temperatures can all add up to the potential for depression, SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and generally feeling low. Find out how exposure to UV light through sunbeds can help combat those winter blues!
Doctors believe that the reduced levels of sunlight during these coming months affect the hormones that the brain produces, and SAD can develop. Sometimes this brings about increased fatigue, loss of appetite or overeating and loss of concentration. During colder months it isn’t possible to get Vitamin D from natural sunlight as the UV rays produced by the sun are not strong enough. It is possible to obtain vitamin D principally from food and food supplements, but the main and best source of vitamin D is sun exposure.
Sufferers who use sunbeds on a regular basis, autumn through to winter not only see the benefits of a sun-kissed appearance, but the warm lighting for short, regular periods of time will drastically increase their levels of vitamin D and mood whilst decreasing the symptoms that are often associated with SAD.
Not only does the use of sunbeds during winter months increase Vitamin D levels and combat Seasonal Affective Disorder. Exposure to UV can aid in a healthy sleep cycle. Sunbeds help the body regulate the hormones serotonin and melatonin, which aid in healthy sleep cycles. Problems with sleeping are wide-spread among mature adults due to increasingly fast-paced lifestyles.
Exposure to UV rays increases ‘the happy hormone’ serotonin, and helps bring melatonin production under control. Tanning also encourages the production of endorphins, which has been proven to be good for our mental state. In fact, it’s been shown to help combat Winter Depression – a real problem affecting large parts of the population, especially in Scotland where sunlight is limited. Whether you have occasional depression or chronic, a trip to the tanning salon is a good solution.
Now that Autumn is here, we need to ensure that we keep our levels of Vitamin D where they should be, whether we choose to get this from supplements or from a regular dose of UV light as part of a responsible tanning programme, it is clear that it is essential for our general health and wellbeing, and indoor tanning is an option to bring the sunshine inside during the gloomy darker months!
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