With longer nights and shorter days fast approaching, a significant drop in sunshine and colder temperatures can all add up to the potential for SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and generally feeling low. Find out how exposure to UV light through sunbeds can help combat those winter blues!
It is believed 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. The main and best source of vitamin D is sun exposure.
The Benefits of using Sunbeds during colder months
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:
- Increase Vitamin D levels and combat Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Boosts mood – the UV light encourages our bodies to produce more endorphins & Serotonin
- Exposure to UV light can also aid in a healthy sleep cycle.
- Boosts Immune System – UV Light reduces your chances of getting the cold & flu and can prevent several types of autoimmune diseases.
The HAPPY HORMONE!
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 Seasonal Affective Disorder or just need a pick me up, 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!