Understanding How Light Box Therapy Works


If you find that you are consistently feeling depression symptoms over the fall and winter months, then maybe light box therapy will work for you. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is when the weather affects some people’s disposition. The depression symptoms generally set in during the late fall, when the days become shorter, and last until spring when the sun is present more often and the days become longer.

Light box therapy is a safe and easy treatment for SAD that can be done in the comfort of your own home. There are few side effects associated with light box therapy and it has proven very effective for many people who suffer from SAD.

Your symptoms before trying light box therapy might include low energy levels, increased appetite and consequent weigh gain, fatigue, inability to concentrate, increased desire to avoid social situations and sleeping a lot. This seasonal-patterned depression is believed to be caused when reduced sunlight leads to a reduction in serotonin production in the brain. The neurotransmitter serotonin has a calming effect, so when there is decreased production, symptoms of depression can begin.

Light box therapy works by mimicking outside light. When someone suffering from SAD spends time using light box therapy on a daily basis, it causes a chemical change in the brain that eases the symptoms of SAD. Alaska Northern Lights has been producing effective light boxes that have relieved SAD symptoms from people for more than 20 years.

You don’t have to suffer through the dark, long, winter months any longer. Try light box therapy. It is a safe and easy treatment, so you have nothing to lose by trying. For many people, light box therapy brings quick relief, helping to ease depression symptoms within a week. Your relief could be just a week away.