SAD therapy side effects?
November 1, 2011 8:49 AM Subscribe
Has anyone tried light therapy? I started using a SAD light therapy light and am experiencing some weird side effects...
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Male, 25, currently on no meds, slight anxiety, light exercise 2 times a week.
I recently bought a small, portable SAD light to help my sleeping patterns/prevent me from being so tired in the morning/prevent potential winter blues, and because generally I really do see no sunlight every day (wake up when dark--->car--->office--->--->car--->gym/home when it's dark) and it just FEELS unhealthy not getting actual light.
I set it on my desk yesterday morning and this morning for a half an hour immediately after I woke up and let it just hit my face from an angle while I browsed email/internet. It was REALLY bright and sort of felt like tingly pins and needles on the sides of my eyeballs, which sort of radiated into this strange lightheaded/faint kind of feeling.
I came to work and definitely haven't been tired all day, or hit "the 3pm slump", but I've still been feeling really strange. I still have this sort of light, disconcerting feeling stemming from my eyes that I can't put my finger on. It's sort of this fuzzy, foggy feeling like I'm not really "there". Like parts of my brain are just television static.
Also, as strange as this sounds my libido feels so low that I notice it, like if there's an opposite of feeling horny than I feel that in my gut, like there's this empty space in me where all the hornyness once was (I'm usually excited to go home and see my gf).
I also experience waves of nausea.
Has anyone tried light therapy and experienced these symptoms? Also, am I doing it right? Should I be closing my eyes, or keeping the light further from my face? How does it work for you?