Lathe Lavada - Edition 8

Do They Work or Are They All Hype? THERAPY LIGHTS

The winter months can be dreary for folks who live in northern regions. The days are shorter and the sky is often obscured by clouds. This

their output. While most lights attempt to simulate sunlight, some devices have weaker output, which means your body and brain won’t respond the same way they do when in natural sunlight. For instance, some lights are marketed as having “5,000 lux” or “10,000 lux.” There is a big difference between the two. Normal daylight (not direct sunlight), has the equivalent of 10,000–25,000 lux. Direct sunlight can have anywhere from 30,000–100,000 lux. Average office lighting puts out less than 500 lux. In order to be effective, you need a lamp with at least 10,000 lux. After about 30–45 minutes of use, you should notice a boost in mood and energy. While therapy lights are safe and come with few side effects, they are not suited for extended use. Many lights come with a warning not to use them for more than an hour at a time. Using them for longer than an hour can cause eye strain, headaches, and irritability. Therapy lights are not a cure-all. They can help, but they’re a short-term solution. If you feel the effects of SAD or experience depression, consult with a health professional to determine what solution is right for you.

bleak weather can lead to seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. Depression, moodiness, and lower energy typically affect people with SAD more during the fall and winter months. The disorder has several different causes, but a primary one is a lack of sunlight, which can have an impact on your body’s internal clock. The winter climate can also reduce your serotonin levels, which influence your mood. Low serotonin can bring about feelings of depression. To address this problem, manufacturers developed light therapy devices. Therapy lights, or “happy lights,” are bright lamps that can sit on your desk or end table. They simulate natural sunlight and are marketed as mood boosters that treat symptoms of SAD. But do these therapy lights actually work or are they just placebos? The answer is both . There are a lot of therapy lights on the market, but they’re not all equally effective. The difference is

CASE STUDY MARY WALTZ NAVIGATED A DIFFICULT PROCESS

her mother had started to search for a homebuyer together. However, before they could complete any transactions, Mary's mother passed away, sending the house into probate. That’s where we stepped in to lend a hand. “Lathe was instrumental in helping me get the house into my name so we could sell it after my mother passed,” Mary says. Our office went as far as helping her find a probate attorney and ensuring the complicated legal questions were squared away so she could finish the process her mother had started. “Through the whole process, [First Prime Realty Group] told me step- by-step what to do and how to do it,” Mary says. “It made the whole process of selling the home very easy — a lot less stress on me!”

Looking back on working with First Prime Realty Group, Mary remarks, “Everything was wonderful in closing. It was a great experience. They helped me sell the house as quickly as possible.” She was even kind enough to add, “Anyone who wants to sell their home for cash, I would recommend Lathe Lavada’s office because they are knowledgeable and can get the job done quickly. They will really help you.” Thanks for sharing your story, Mary! We are always happy to use our experience to help home sellers navigate complex situations like probate. If you inherited an unwanted home, take Mary’s advice and call us at 702-476-2000. You can also read her story at www.lathelavada. com/go/marywaltz.

Losing a loved one is always difficult. But when that loss is coupled with the sudden financial shock of being saddled with an unwanted home, the complexities of probate and real estate can compound your grief. At First Prime Realty Group, we’ve worked with many people facing these difficult situations. Mary Waltz was kind enough to share her story to show how she found relief during a trying time. “Before finding First Prime Realty Group, we were struggling to sell my mother’s home,” Mary explains. She and

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