According to The Healthline Light therapy is like giving your body its own little sun to help you sleep better. Imagine a special lamp that shines brighter than the lights inside your home but isn’t as bright as the real sun. You sit near this lamp for a bit each day, and it can help fix your sleep schedule!
Here’s how it works: Your body has an internal clock called the circadian rhythm. It tells you when it’s time to wake up and when it’s time to sleep. But sometimes, this clock gets messed up. Maybe you traveled to a new time zone, work late shifts, or just naturally stay up too late. When that happens, you might feel sleepy during the day or wide awake at bedtime. That’s where light therapy comes in. It helps reset your body’s clock, so you feel tired at bedtime and awake in the morning.
Light therapy is used for problems like:
- Having trouble falling asleep at a normal time (sleep onset insomnia).
- Feeling super sleepy early in the evening and waking up super early in the morning (advanced sleep phase disorder).
- Staying up too late and then sleeping in (delayed sleep phase disorder).
Here’s what you need to know about using light therapy for better sleep:
When to Do It: If you have trouble falling asleep, use the light in the morning when you wake up. If you fall asleep too early and wake up too early, use the light in the early evening.
How to Do It: Set up the light box about 24 to 30 inches away from where you’re sitting, depending on the type of light therapy lamp you purchased from Alaska Northern Lights. You don’t look right at the light, but it should shine on your eyes. You can eat, read, or use your phone while sitting by the light.
Length of Time: We recommend a 30 minute session for in the morning for the best results.
Consistency is Key: Use the light every day around the same time. It’s like training your body to know when it’s time to wake up and when it’s time to sleep.
Safety First: All our light therapy lamps are UV FREE, this means that you will not be getting any burns.
Remember, it’s always best to talk to a doctor before starting light therapy. They can help make sure it’s the right fit for you and that you’re using it safely. With a little bit of light at the right time, you could be on your way to better sleep!