Light Therapy

I have a lot of tools that I use to help me make my life lighter. I thought I’d share one of these with you today. It literally makes my mornings lighter by adding 10,000 LUX to my bedroom. 

I’ve known for a long time that in the winter, when it is dark and cold for a much longer period of time, it affects me in a less-than-positive way. It’s so difficult for me to want to climb out of my two layers of down comforters when the sun hasn’t even come up yet! And when the sun is down even before I put dinner on the table… Well, let’s just say I would have a really hard time living in Alaska!

My own personal observations aside, research has shown that the reduced amount of sunlight in the winter does have an effect on us as humans. Some of us more than others.

The Mayo Clinic suggests that the following factors may come into play:

  • Your biological clock (circadian rhythm). The reduced level of sunlight in fall and winter may disrupt your body’s internal clock and lead to feelings of depression.
  • Serotonin levels. Reduced sunlight can cause a drop in serotonin, a brain chemical (neurotransmitter) that affects mood, and may trigger depression.
  • Melatonin levels. The change in season can disrupt the balance of the body’s level of melatonin, which plays a role in sleep patterns and mood.

Therefore, what is the solution? More sunlight! Of course.

However, if moving near the equator is not an option (sigh), you can “make” your own sunlight. Here’s where the Therapy Light comes in!

Happily, there are many companies that have designed and manufactured lights specifically to counteract the winter’s lack of sunlight. After plenty of research, I chose the Day-Light Classic Plus therapy light by Carex. And no, I’m not getting paid to advertise for them. I’m just sharing with you what I chose.

Here’s what I was looking for and why I chose it:

  1. 10,000 LUX of glare-free white light (the recommended amount for therapeutic purposes.)
  2. 99.3% UV blocked for eye safety.
  3. Angle and height adjustment (so I can adjust it and not me!)
  4. Light projection from above (the sun comes from above, so the light should too.)
  5. And it has 2 light settings so I can use it as just a reading light too.

And how do I use it? Basically, any morning that I get up before the sun does, I click it on and bask under it for at least 15 minutes. The light convinces my tired brain that the sun is up and sets my internal clock accordingly.

That’s it! Insta-sunlight!

Now, of course, this is only one of the tools in my lightening-up tool box. I don’t think it has enough power all by itself to keep me out of the darkness. But in combination with my other tools, it definitely adds to the power of keeping me in the light.

And, as always, I never intend to diagnose or prescribe for anyone else. I’m simply sharing something that has worked for me. Please always consult with your medical provider and research thoroughly any products you may be considering for your own health.

That said, you always have my hopes that you too can make your life lighter!

Do you use a therapy light?

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