Frequently Asked Light Therapy Questions
Does light therapy work?
Multiple studies since the 1990's have found that light therapy is an effective method of treating various conditions including seasonal affective disorder (SAD), the winter blues, jet lag, sleep disorders, and more. One study conducted in 2005 found light therapy to be effective for various sleep conditions and mood disorders. Another study in 2015 found light therapy to be just as effective as cognitive behavioral therapy as well as aid in treating acute depression. Additionally, many health experts including psychiatrists, sleep coaches, and physical therapists recommend light therapy as a treatment method.
What is light therapy?
Light therapy is a natural treatment used to to treat conditions such as seasonal affective disorder, jet lag, sleep disorders, and more. It involves using artificial sunlight produced from a light therapy lamp. These lamps produce large amounts of light to effectively mimic sunlight. This causes the user's body to produce the needed hormones that comes from contact with sunlight.
How does light therapy work?
Light therapy involves sitting in front of a light therapy box for 20-30 minutes each morning. The lamp mimics sunlight and causes the body to produce the needed hormones for a healthy circadian rhythm, sleep patterns, energy levels, and more.
How to use a light box?
Using a light therapy lamp is relatively simple. It's best practice to use the lamp for 20-30 minutes each morning, at the same time. This will help regulate your sleep-wake pattern. You should sit in front of the lamp with it facing directly at your face. You can use the lamp while doing activities such as reading, writing, eating, or working on a computer. To get the best results, the light should be at a comfortable distance that is close enough to received the 10,000 LUX. This distance will vary depending on the lamp however it is usually 16 to 24 inches.
How long does it take for light therapy to work?
It can take as little as two days or as long as a month depending on the persons lifestyle, eating and exercise habits, amount of sleep, and other health conditions. Adding best health practices such as a good diet, sleep habits, and physical exercise is recommended to make the most of light therapy.
Is light therapy safe?
Light therapy is generally safe to use. Our light therapy lamps feature built-in UV filters making them very safe to use. While side effects are rare, some users have reported headaches, excessive energy, and nausea. It's always best to ask your doctor if light therapy is a good treatment for you, especially if you have any light sensitivity.
What is a light therapy lamp?
A light therapy lamp is a specialized lamp that is designed to mimic sunlight. These lamps product 10,000 LUX, which is the amount of sunlight that gives us the health benefits from the sun. These lamps are regularly recommended by health experts as an effective treatment for health conditions such as seasonal affective disorder, the winter blues, jet lag, and more.
How long to sit in front of a happy light?
For best results, use your SAD lamp for 20-30 minutes in the morning after waking. It's best to use your light at the same time each morning to regulate your circadian rhythm. If you cannot sit in front of the lamp at the recommended distance, make sure to add more time to allow for the optimal amount of light to reach your eyes.
How many lumens is 10000 LUX?
One LUX is the equivalent of one lumen. Therefore, 10,000 LUX is 10,000 lumen. This is the same amount of light the sun produces in the afternoon and the amount needed to gain health benefits from sunlight. This is why health professionals recommend light therapy lamps be 10,000 LUX.
What to look for in a SAD lamp?
To be effective, experts recommend SAD lamps products 10,000 LUX, have a large surface area for a comfortable sitting distance, and product light at a downward facing position. The need to face downwards so the light enters the top of the eye, just like the sun does. Another thing they need to have is UV filter. These filter out harmful ultra-violet radiation that can cause damage to one's eyes and skin.
When to use a light therapy lamp?
It's recommended to use a light therapy lamp as early as possible, preferably when you wake up. By design, these lamps mimic sunlight. It's best to mimic when you first come in contact with sunlight which is in the morning. This tricks your body into producing hormones needed to sleep well, have energy, and function properly.
Can you use a SAD light too much?
Yes, you can use a light therapy lamp too much however this is a case-by-case basis. Users have reported not being able to sleep at night after using a therapy lamp all day.
Can I use my SAD light at night?
We only recommend using a SAD lamp at night if you regularly work at night. Using a SAD lamp can cause you not to be able to sleep at night as your circadian rhythm becomes thrown off thinking it is daytime.
Is light therapy safe for eyes?
Yes, therapy lamps are safe for eyes. The right therapy lamp has a UV filter built in to protect your skin and eyes. When using a light therapy lamp, do not stare directly into the lamp and make sure there are no objects (such as sunglasses) that may be blocking light from reaching your eyes.
Do SAD lights work for depression?
Yes, light therapy is an excellent option for treating depression. Many experts recommend light therapy lamps as a method for handling this mental health condition. There even has been studies conducted finding this treatment to be just as effective as cognitive behavioral therapy.
Are SAD lights covered by insurance?
This is a case-by-case scenario. Some insurance companies will cover it while others won't. This article offers tips for getting your insurance to cover the payment for your light therapy lamp.
Can light therapy cause anxiety?
There have been no reported cases of light therapy causing anxiety. Studies have shown light therapy to be an effective method for reducing and treating symptoms of anxiety.
Can light therapy cause headaches?
Although generally a safe treatment, light therapy can cause side effects such as headaches, irritableness, trouble sleeping, nausea, and fatigue. These side affects are rare, but can occur. It's always best to consult your doctor if you have any concerns.
Can you have too much LED light therapy?
Yes, too much light therapy can cause your circadian rhythm to become unbalanced. This can cause you to have excess amounts of energy and trouble sleeping at night.
How often should you use a SAD light?
It's recommended to use a therapy lamp once per day for 20-30 minutes. Users that experience conditions such as seasonal affective disorder typically should start using their lamp in the fall when daylight hours start shrinking.
How to use LED light therapy at home?
Place your lamp somewhere you can use it each morning for 20-30 minutes. It should be in an area where you can sit 10-12" inches from the lamp to benefit from its 10,000 LUX output. Try placing it on your bedside stand, on a desk, or table where you eat breakfast, work, or perform any morning routines.
What is a 10000 LUX light?
A 10,000 LUX light is often called a light therapy lamp, SAD lamp, or light box. These are specially designed lamps that mimic sunlight. They're used to treat health conditions such as seasonal affective disorder, the winter blues, insomnia, jet lag, and more. They product 10,000 lumens which is the needed amount of sunlight to gain its health benefits.
What is full-spectrum light therapy?
Full-spectrum light therapy involves using a light therapy lamp that produces all colors in the electromagnetic wavelength. Full-spectrum light is the type of light the sun produces.
Does light therapy produce vitamin D?
It is a common practice for people with a vitamin D deficiency to use light therapy lamps as a treatment method. A study found that those exposed to lamps that product ultraviolet radiation had increased levels of vitamin D.
What time of day to use light therapy?
By design, light therapy lamps mimic sunlight. Therefore, it's important to use a SAD lamp early in the morning after waking. this mimics the sunrise and syncs your sleep-wake cycle to the times when sunlight it typically accessible.
How many LUX is needed for light therapy?
To be effective, SAD lamps should emit the doctor recommended 10,000 LUX. Anything less will require the user to use the lamp longer than 20-30 minutes while anything over 10,000 LUX does not have any additional benefits.
What are the benefits of light therapy?
The many benefits of using light therapy lamps include it's a safe and noninvasive way to get sunlight, there are little side effects, it's affordable, it can boost your energy while improving sleep, and it's a proven method for treating many health conditions including seasonal affective disorder, insomnia, the winter blues, jet lag, and shift work adjustment.
What is light therapy used to treat?
Light therapy lamps are used to treat a variety of conditions including depression, insomnia, jet lag, shift work adjustments, and senile dementia.
Where to place a light therapy lamp?
It's best to place a light therapy lamp where using the treatment method is convenient to you. This means it can be used while sitting for 20-30 minutes at a comfortable distance (10-12"). Some people place it next to their bed for treatment sessions right when the wake up while others place it on their kitchen table or desk for use while eating breakfast, working, or preparing for their day.