Memorial Hospital light therapy room helps fight winter blues

Some are taking extra steps to battle the winter blues.

Mary Ann Pickens makes her way to one of the light therapy rooms at Memorial's Health Discovery Center Tuesday. Like many times before, she finds a comfortable spot on the massage chair and turns on the special light.

"After you're done, you notice you're a little more energized," Pickens said. "You don't feel foggy. Amazing what a little light can do for you."

The lights help keep the symptoms that come with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) at bay.

"We've been told it can help people with a number of symptoms during the winter blues months," said Maggie Scroope, media and community relations director for Beacon Health System.

Light therapy is nothing like a tanning bed, according to Scroope. The special lights do not emit damaging UV rays.

The details in the room transport patients to a warmer location. A ceiling panel displays an illuminated sunny sky as the sound of beach waves fills the room.

The light therapy is free to the community. All you have to do is call 574-647-1801 to book a 25 minute slot.

Here is a link with more information: Light therapy

The center is located on the sixth floor of 100 Navarre Place.

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