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Battling Winter Blues: Managing Seasonal Affective Disorder with UV Sunbeds

As the colder seasons draw in, a percentage of the population starts to struggle with a type of depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.). More commonly referred to as winter depression (though it can present at any time of year), SAD symptoms often peak during the shorter, darker days of winter.
Managing these symptoms is possible and UV sunbeds can be one such approach. Before we dive into how they can help, let’s take a moment to understand more about S.A.D.


Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder is characterised by regular changes in mood that sync up with the seasons. Typically, S.A.D. starts in the late fall or early winter and can persist until the brighter, sunnier months of spring or summer. It’s essential to seek help if you’re experiencing S.A.D. as it can considerably affect your mood, energy levels, and overall quality of life.

How can sunbeds help?

So, how can UV sunbeds help combat the effects of S.A.D.? Here are some ways:
Boosts Vitamin D Production
Regular exposure to UV light triggers Vitamin D production in your skin. Vitamin D has been linked to mood regulation and is beneficial in reducing the symptoms of depression, including S.A.D.

Releases Endorphins

The warm glow from the UV light in tanning beds helps to stimulate the release of endorphins, the body’s natural mood boosters. These chemicals aid in elevating mood and reducing stress and anxiety levels, thus countering depressive symptoms.

Regulates Circadian Rhythms

Exposure to light from tanning beds can help maintain your circadian rhythm – the internal process that regulates the sleep-wake cycle. This improved sleep regulation often leads to better energy levels during the day, thereby minimizing fatigue commonly associated with S.A.D.

Creates a Calming Environment

The experience of laying under the warm, gentle glow of a UV tanning bed can be very soothing and relaxing, offering a comforting break from the bleak and dark winter environment outside.

Provides Mental Relief

Tanning can provide a welcome change and a sense of escapism from the winter blues.
Before starting any new treatment, it’s important to consult with a healthcare professional to ensure it’s suitable and safe for your personal health situation.
And most importantly, remember – it’s crucial to speak up and seek help if you’re struggling with S.A.D. Organizations like offer excellent resources to assist you. By reaching out and seeking help, you can gain control over your symptoms and reclaim your winter season.
Together, we can push through the dark and step into the light.