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Need a pick-me-up this winter? Here's how HigherDOSE saunas help cure the winter blues.

Cozy knits, hot toddies, family gatherings and...quiet, relentless feelings of fatigue, gloom and mediocrity. Ah, winter. While many are packing for ski trips and cabin getaways, others are packing up their rational emotions and sending them off on sabbatical.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that starts in the fall and continues till springtime, zapping your energy and destabilizing your moods. When you need a mood-enhancing experience, HigherDOSE saunas activate the brain's happy chemicals (dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, endorphins).

Then there's winter fatigue. We're tired, because, trudging around in polyfill puffer coats is basically the same as walking around in a sleeping bag. We're exhausted from constantly putting on chapstick, losing chapstick and buying new chapstick. And we're confused, every day, when 4:30 in the afternoon feels like 10:00 pm.

Are we just a bunch of wimps? 

Nope. The "winter blues" are 100% real. Although mostly associated with winter, SAD doesn't really have anything to do with colder temperatures. Seasonal depression is triggered by shorter, darker days and a loss sunlight, which makes infrared therapy one of the most effective treatments — and HigherDOSE sauna's offer full spectrum infrared rays (far, mid and near) to give you a maximum boost. 

Why Light Matters

With the reduction of sunlight, comes a reduction in the amount of serotonin the brain produces — serotonin regulates anxiety, happiness and mood.

The time change disrupts our circadian rhythms, the 24-hour biological clock that governs waking and sleeping.  

With less sunlight, we have lower levels of vitamin D — linked to muscle weakness, greater pain sensitivity and decreased endurance.

From minor reactions to destabilizing symptoms, the effects of SAD include sadness (of course), anxiety, lack of motivation, social withdrawal, increased sleeping, carbohydrate cravings and weight gain. 

Why HigherDOSE Cures SAD Symptoms

Far infrared rays are natural, comfortable and identical to our own sun's rays (minus that harmful UV stuff). As light is absorbed through your retina, it tricks you into feeling like you've been in the sun all day.

The experience totally feels like soaking up the summer sun, it's warming, stimulating and relaxing — and just like the sun, infrared rays release natural, yet effective doses of serotonin within the body. Serotonin is a powerful happiness chemical in your brain — so, a release serotonin means a boost in your mood and increased feelings of happiness (it's part of our secret to getting you high, naturally).

It's great for curing those muscle pain and stiffness issues that tend to creep up during cold, harsh winter conditions.  

It penetrates deeply into your skin, detoxifying the body of impurities that cause fatigue.

It rejuvenates dry winter skin (which we know, can definitely be a SAD inducer), giving you that summer-esque glow — boosting collagen, enhancing tone and improving elasticity.

HigherDOSE saunas feature chromotherapy, a form of energy healing that works to rebalance the body's core energy flow.

Basically, between December and February, you need to lighten up. So, if you find yourself slothing over Netflix in bed, avoiding life more than usual, come DOSE. You'll feel better (we promise).

    Learn more here:

    http://www.ctvnews.ca/mobile/health/infrared-heat-eases-depression-symptoms-study-finds-1.2905272

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