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A pilot study in Toronto found that some people with fibromyalgia were sensitive to seasonal changes in light, similar to people with seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Many people do feel better in the summer. The sun helps the body produce serotonin, the brain chemical responsible for improving sleep. Spending time in the sun could be added to your treatment program if your fibromyalgia seems to improve. Consider using full-spectrum lights during winter months. If you have sun sensitivity and worsening of symptoms with sun exposure, avoid it. (Source: The Fibromyalgia Help Book: Practical Guide to Living Better with Fibromyalgia by Jenny Fransen, R.N., and I. Jon Russell, M.D., Ph.D.)

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