As fall begins its fade to winter, you might feel the urge to curl up like those crunchy sidewalk leaves. Sure, it could be the current political situation—but chances are the ever-darkening days aren’t helping either. Seasonal depression (also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder) affects more people than many realize. And its symptoms—which can include anxiety, apathy, general discontent, loneliness, and sadness—can be brought on by a lack of sunlight as fall turns into winter and the days get shorter.
There is one way to prep for the winter ahead—no medication, therapist, or move to Southern California required. Cue the happy lamp. Also known as the happy light, the light therapy lamp, or SAD lamp, these lamps come in every size, shape, and price point imaginable and emit a daylight-mimicking light that should make you feel more energized. They’re super easy to use, too: Just keep it on a surface close to you while engaging in the regular activities of your day—working, getting dressed, hanging out at home—whatever.
For those who have trouble sleeping due to seasonal depression (or who find the sound of their alarm in the morning to be the most brutal noise since nails on a chalkboard), there’s also the wake-up light. This cousin to the happy lamp produces an artificial sunrise meant to naturally and gradually pull you out of your slumber.
Above, a look at some of the best happy lights and wake-up clocks to help put a halt to winter mehs before they start.
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