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Yoder
post Aug 11, 2011, 09:53 AM
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Hi! I'm wondering if anybody has any general knowledge on light's effects on the brain..

My boss likes to keep our office very dark throughout the day. It doesn't seem to affect her but I'm always tired, groggy, and sometimes depressed (especially during the winter when it's dark in our office all day and then it is dark when I leave work.)

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Jakare
post Aug 11, 2011, 06:07 PM
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Main issues with light deprivation are, vit D3 and serotonin deficiency.
D3 is easely supplementable.
The serotonin deficiency is easy aswell but a little more complicated. First of all if your are not producing enough serotonin that means you are short of melatonin aswell so your sleep quality is compromised. Then so i will recommend 0.5 to 1mg every night and a tryptophan supplement in the morning.
It would be ideal if you cant get one of those S.A.D lights (statinonay affection disorder) they were a bit expensive last year when i did some research but maybe they´re cheaper now.
Aswell you could ask your boss about having a table lamp of very bright white-blue (not orange nor yellowish) light on your work area.
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