OT: Seasonal Affective Disorder

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  1. David 76

    David 76 Forty years a fan

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    8893,
    I have always heard that good lights really work Ask your Dr. for a reliable brand. Or better yet, ask a psychiatrist.
    Taking vitamin D is kind of a no brainer.
    Good luck.
    PS About to come home. Followed your recommendation regarding truffles and gelato. No donkey though.
     
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  2. Deadrody

    Deadrody

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    FYI - you can't make a box out of light. Just sayin'
     
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  3. Dove

    Dove We can't stop what's comin.

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    No no no. Light, as in opposite of heavy.
     
  4. August_West

    August_West Ask me about Cuba's Healthcare outcomes

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    We dont get that many of them, but when we do we get the beauts.

    I would be entirely confident in saying that there is not a nicer day in the country than on the CT shoreline today.

    Excatly 70 degrees. Zero clouds, still winds. Just incredible.
     
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  5. 8893

    8893 Curiouser

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    @Fishy , to save me the trouble of researching, can you tell me what you use for ice spikes for your running shoes? I want to keep up as much outside running as I can, and that has always been a deterrent for me since I tweaked a calf muscle slipping while running in icy conditions a few years ago. Thanks.

    BTW, after seeing this product on Shark Tank a few weeks ago I just bought it because on some nights my evening runs have been running a little late. They just arrived yesterday and I'm looking forward to trying them out this week; they seem pretty legit:

    Night Runner 270
     
  6. 8893

    8893 Curiouser

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    Ha. Now that I've posted that Night Runner link I'm getting banner ads here for 15% off with the code "SHARK15."

    Too bad I already purchased, but a nice savings of almost $10.
     
  7. 8893

    8893 Curiouser

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    Thumbs up on the Night Runners after first use. Definitely great for being seen on any of the three settings (regular, high, flashing), but need to use the high beams to able to see far enough ahead to avoid uneven pavement, potholes, etc. Not an issue; will just need to charge them more frequently in between uses.
     
  8. intlzncster

    intlzncster i fart in your general direction

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    Be sure to keep keeping us updated on the Night Runners 8893.
     
  9. Fishy

    Fishy Puncher of Throats

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    I use Kahatoola MICROspikes.

    They might be a little bit of overkill depending on where you're running, but I tend to run on a rail trail or on trails in the winter and neither are plowed - they tend to turn to ice and packed snow quickly so I can make use of the spikes. If it's actually snowing or if it's powder, I have a pair of running shoes that actually has a nylon bootie on it, but that's overkill.

    If you're mostly on pavement, something like Yaktrax Runs or Kahtoola NanoSpikes are probably a better option.

    Given that I generally run on a rail trail if I'm running at night, I'll generally skip the light all together. The thing goes in a straight line for 12 miles, so as long as I'm landing on pavement, I'm okay.
     
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  10. 8893

    8893 Curiouser

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    Yeah, I got a little excited. What can I say? I'm a gadget geek and I can usually conjure a few more weeks of enthusiasm for exercise with each new purchase. Wait until I tell you about my new headphones. Oh, and the Apple Watch I've got my eye on...

    Thanks, Fishy. I am mostly on pavement and the Kahtoola NanoSpikes are the ones I was looking at. I will take a look at the Yaktrax to compare.
     
  11. intlzncster

    intlzncster i fart in your general direction

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    Hahaha excitement is a good way to combat S.A.D.
     
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  12. 8893

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    I'm going to try a multi-front approach to the S.A.D. this year.

    Apparently the Vitamin D level is easily detected with a routine blood test now, so I'm going to get that tested around early December to see if there is any deficiency. If so, I'll take some supplements. That's an easy one.

    The light therapy is something I'm still researching. I am concerned about any potential for retinal damage, which is apparently an issue with some of the lights. I've had way too many eye issues--including retinal ones--to want to chance that, and I don't want to have to wear tanning goggles or anything like that because that's way too involved to be realistic for me. I am thinking about getting something that I could put next to my treadmill and use during the two-mile brisk walk/jog I've been doing almost every morning.

    I'm going to make a concerted effort to keep getting out in the actual sunlight whenever I can.

    As for the Night Runners, they are part of what I'm really hoping is Plan A, which is to embrace the darkness, because it ain't going anywhere. I had forgotten how much I actually love the solace, focus and exhilaration of a cold, dark run, so on the days when I can't get out in the sun, I'm thinking that the Night Runner lights will help me embrace the dark and make a positive association with it. Of course, the exercise alone will help in any event.

    Thanks for your input on the light you use btw.
     
  13. intlzncster

    intlzncster i fart in your general direction

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    Light therapy boxes should be designed to filter out harmful ultraviolet (UV) light, but some may not filter it all out. Look for a light therapy box that emits as little UV light as possible. (the one I linked earlier is pretty good in that regard)

    They produce only a tiny amount of UV light - much less than normal daylight, so it's not a worry in that regard.

    But if you've had eye problems, I'd definitely ask your eye doc about it first.
     
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