Do you love to tan all year long? Are you obsessed with the tanning bed or laying out in the sun during summer? If so, your obsession might be more than just a desire to look tan.
Believe it or not, researchers are finding that an addiction to tanning might be quite real. In a previous blog post we talked about this reality.
Tanning Addiction Information
As we mentioned in our previous post, there are tons of scary things that tanning can do to you. Wrinkles, cancer, damage to the skin, early aging signs. It's enough to make most people think twice before using a tanning bed. However, this isn't always the case.
We know that tanning beds are healthier for us because the UV rays aren't natural but, they're still dangerous. Just like natural sun exposure, rays can cause all types of problems if someone is exposed for too long and too frequently. A new study supports the fact that those who tan regularly experience changes in brain activity. The activity mimics patterns of drug addiction.
If you fear a tanning addiction in yourself or someone you love after reading this and our previous blog, consider your options for treatment. Believe it or not, you can get help for a tanning addiction just as you would substance abuse. More than one million Americans use a tanning bed every day. That means the probability of addiction is large.
You can regulate tanning by being mindful of how often you're doing it. Try to limit it to a couple times a week at first and wean down from there. You can also join an addiction support group that will help. Addiction comes in all shapes and sizes. No two are alike. Don't feel ashamed of yours. Own it and get the help you need to fight it.
Tanning Addiction Research and Findings
According to cbsnews.com, "In experiments with mice, scientists found that exposing the animals to a daily dose of UV light boosted their blood levels of beta-endorphins within a week. Beta-endorphins are "feel-good" hormones that act on the same brain pathways as so-called opioid drugs like heroin and morphine."
When the mice were induced with UV endorphins they became less active. Their sensitivity to touch was less. They also had a lower temperature and had symptoms of withdrawal when they didn't have any of the endorphins in their system. These signs included teeth chattering, shaking and trembling.
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