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Light Therapy For Seasonal Affective Disorder

July 6, 2010 by  
Filed under Light Therapy, SAD & Light Therapy

Energy Increased From Light Therapy

Emerging science has shown what medical professionals have held to be true for decades: much of what ails us, especially during the winter months, is attributable to a lack of light.  Sure, there are the standard overhead lights, floor lamps and desk lamps, and compact fluorescent bulbs, but the light level is low and seldom includes the near-natural range of so-called full spectrum lighting.

Studies within the past few years say full-spectrum light is close to natural sunlight but without much of the ultraviolet range that causes sunburn and skin cell damage.  It is believed to be effective in the treatment of what doctors refer to as seasonal affective disorder or SAD, an umbrella term that encompasses a number of disorders from winter blues to depression.

White light from a large and bulky light box has been the preferred treatment of seasonal affective disorder.  One, recent three-year Canadian study reportedly concluded that bright light therapy might be as effective as the anti-depressant Prozac in the treatment of the winter blahs.

Then newer research suggested that a critical part of SAD light therapy was the spectrum of natural and full spectrum artificial light.

Those who studied it say the natural spectrum light might not be related to ~ seeing ~ the light as much as it is to ~sensing~ it in the brain, which controls the production of natural mood-altering chemicals.

Many of those who have used  light therapy or supervised its use, report increased energy and improved concentration.

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One Response to “Light Therapy For Seasonal Affective Disorder”
  1. Fbarrett says:

    So blue light is an important part of the SAD treatment? Maybe that’s why blue is such a popular color in interior design — and so frequently, “the ‘new black,’ ” as it were.