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Can Bright Light Therapy Help with Weight Management?

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You started the year with lofty goals. Get organized, spend more time with family, even lose those stubborn 15 pounds that just don’t seem to budge. As you’ve slogged through these last cold, dark, wet months of winter, you may be finding it more difficult than you initially thought to…

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Can Bright Light Therapy Help Mood & Agitation in Those with Dementia?

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Alzheimer’s disease and dementia impact ever-increasing numbers of Americans. An estimated 5.6 million people over the age of 65 live with Alzheimer’s, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. This debilitating disease robs people of their memories, their abilities to perform simple tasks, and their enjoyment of everyday life. Among the many…

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What Causes Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?

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Each year, as the sun begins to set earlier and earlier and the temperature drops, you notice you feel more sluggish and sleepy. Maybe you get more irritable, or your productivity at work drops. You want to eat more, especially those comfort foods you fall back on when times are…

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Can Bright Light Therapy Help Those with Eating Disorders?

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Eating disorders are serious psychological conditions where a disordered perspective of a healthy weight leads to unhealthy eating habits such as not eating at all (anorexia) or binge-eating and purging (bulimia). While ongoing therapy, as well as medications to treat underlying mental conditions that can contribute to eating disorders, such…

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6 Conditions of Modern Life that Disrupt Circadian Rhythms

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Getting to sleep isn’t always easy. You can do all the things you’re “supposed to” do, such as turning off screens an hour before bed, avoiding caffeine in the afternoons, and exercising daily, but sleep is still elusive. No matter how hard you try, you just can’t settle your brain….

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How Light Can Help Autistic Children With Their Mood and Sleep

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Light can have a deep influence on people. Different colored lighting can affect our moods, and a lack of natural light can cause depression. This especially applies to those with autism. Children with autism are especially susceptible to mood changes due to lighting. Lights with mellow colors, like blue, can…

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Midday Bright Light Therapy & Its Effect on Bipolar Disorder

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Early morning bright light therapy has been used for over 30 years to reduce symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and other non-seasonal depression. Could that same therapy benefit those with bipolar disorder? What Is Bipolar Disorder? Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder characterized by episodes of mood swings ranging…

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Can Bright Light Therapy Help Fatigued Cancer Patients?

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Cancer is a disease no one wants to deal with. It’s full of uncertainty, and treatment can leave you feeling worse than you did before. One of the most common side effects of treatment for cancer is insomnia and fatigue. You’re tired, but you can’t sleep, which makes you even…

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Is Light Therapy Good for Someone Not Suffering from Depression?

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You’ve probably heard of light therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and other forms of depression and anxiety. But did you know that light therapy is beneficial for everyone? Even if you do not suffer from depression, the benefits of exposure to light during cold, dreary months can’t be denied….

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