Has anyone here used a sunrise simulator? If so, which one & did it work? I'm interested in buyng one. I don't have SAD, just hate waking up in the dark.
hello there everyone, im lily.
i guess there are two reasons that i am interested in this community. first, i have seasonal depression, and have been using a sunlamp for the past three years, but last year it didnt work as well as it did when i first started, so i am interested in other ideas about light therapy, and how being careful about other cycles, like, sleeping and eating schedules, might make october - april a bit easier for me. also, i am very closely attuned to my menstrual cycle. first, it works like a clock (really, like a calendar), and i am generally careful (although not as much now as i used to be) to record its comings and goings. ive done this sort of record keeping since i was thirteen, but, surprisingly, it never occurred to me how important this hormonal fluctuation is to me until last year when i started taking birth control and, well, it drove me crazy.
so, i am quite affected by natural cycles, for better and for worse. im very excited to find this community, and i hope there will be some lively discussion on it, although im unclear as to what form exactly that discussion will take. :D
oh, does anyone know where i could find a pretty moon calendar to buy online? i had a really nice one but, well, it was for 2004. i would also love to find one that had more than one year.
I originally stuck this extract up while testing the layout, but hey, it makes a good introduction too. There's more on the user info page.
This community is for discussing biological rhythms in humans and how they relate to various conditions. We have a particular interest in light therapy.
Chronobiology is a field of biology that examines time-related phenomena in living organisms. These cycles are important in many essential biological processes that occur in a "scheduled" fashion, such as eating, sleeping, mating, hibernating, migration, and cellular regeneration.
The most important rhythm in chronobiology is the circadian rhythm, which refers to the 24-hour daily biological cycle; however, many other important cycles are also studied, including:
Infradian rhythms, which are long-term cycles, such as the annual migration or reproduction cycles found in certain animals or the monthly menstrual cycle of human females.
Ultradian rhythms, which are short cycles, such as the 90-minute REM cycle in sleep or the 3 hour cycle of growth hormone production. They have periods of less than 24 hours.
Tidal rhythms, commonly observed in marine life, which follow the (roughly) 12-hour transition from high to low tide and back.
Please do not post rants about having a bad time with your illness, or questions such as "am I pregnant?" which would best be discussed elsewhere.
Do let me know if you have any ideas about this community, for instance what to put on the user info page.