Light Therapy – Not just for SAD

Many people believe that light therapy is only used to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), however, there are many uses for a light box.

The most common use is for depression. A light therapy box is used to create a chemical reaction in your brain that aids in the production of serotonin. Serotonin, also known as the “happy chemical” is what gives us energy and lifts our mood. When using a light box for depression, you should use it in the morning with the light shining towards your face so that your eyes can absorb it. For most people, 30 minutes a day is enough exposure to get the energy needed to last the whole day but if you don’t feel the effects after 30 minutes, you can always use the light for a little longer.

Another idea for when to use light therapy is the treatment of jet lag. If you’re someone that tends to travel a lot, a light box can be a great addition to your packing list. Using the light when you get up in the morning can help give you the energy you need to stay awake during a time change. Also, when you use the light in the morning, it can help you sleep better at night because it aids in correcting your body’s circadian rhythm.

Shift work disorder is another reason someone might use a light box. If you are someone that has a hard time waking up because you have an unusual work schedule, try using light therapy when you get up. Light therapy is the perfect way to get the energy you need to make it through another work day – and you can even use it while you’re eating or watching television!