Light therapy is a way to treat conditions by exposure to artificial light.
Light therapy is thought to affect brain chemicals linked to mood and sleep, and can ease pain symptoms. Using a light therapy box may also help with other types of depression, sleep disorders and other conditions like PTSD. Light therapy is also known as bright light therapy or phototherapy.
Why it’s done
You may want to try light therapy for a number of reasons:
- Your doctor recommends it.
- You want to try treatment that is safe and has few side effects.
- You want to increase the effectiveness of antidepressant medication or mental health counseling (psychotherapy).
- You need to avoid antidepressant medications during pregnancy or while breast-feeding.
- You are working with a doctor to lower the dosage of antidepressant medication.
Conditions it’s used for
Light therapy is used as a treatment for several conditions, including:
- Types of depression that don’t occur seasonally
- Jet lag
- Sleep disorders
- Adjusting to a nighttime work schedule
Benefits of Full Spectrum Light Therapy
- Improves mood
- Enhances color perception
- Boosts mental awareness
- Improves the synthesis of vitamin D in the human body
- Minimizes dental decay incidences
- Enhances productivity
- Perfects the result of therapy in the treatment of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)
- Enhances visual clarity
- Improves the results obtained in the treatment of sleep disorders