Is Light Therapy Good for Someone Not Suffering from Depression?
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. Here are some other ways light therapy could work for you:
The lighting in your office can have a considerable impact on your productivity! Our internal clock is regulated by the rising and setting of the sun. So it stands to reason that light will keep you awake and alert.
Dimly lit spaces trigger the release of melatonin, which makes you sleepy, causing you to be sluggish. You may be tempted to grab a cup of coffee or an energy drink to ward off that midday slump, but wait! While they will stimulate, the effects are not long-lasting, and always end with a crash later.
If you can arrange your workspace so that you are near a window with natural light, great! But even that may not be enough with shorter days and, therefore, limited daylight. A desktop sun lamp could be what you need to reset your body’s clock and have a productive day.
Help You Sleep Better
Circadian rhythm is your body’s internal clock and is responsible for mental and behavioral changes throughout the day. Exposure to bright light can help regulate this rhythm by training your body to be awake at the right times of day.
If you suffer from insomnia, talk to your doctor or specialist about whether light therapy is a good option for you. Light therapy for insomnia should be consistent and properly timed. It is important to work together with your doctor to create a schedule that is practical for your specific needs.
Relieve Cabin Fever
Colder temperatures and inclement weather have us stuck inside more often in the winter than during other seasons. You may start to feel restless, cranky, and even depressed. Sunlight promotes the release of serotonin and endorphins which brighten your mood almost instantly. When a cluster of gloomy days deprives you of natural light, it can make you feel “blah.” Sitting in front of a 10,000 Lux light box for just 30 minutes can mimic the effects of natural sunlight, and have you feeling better in no time!
Promote a Healthy Metabolism
It’s all about that circadian rhythm! When your body is exposed to sunlight in the morning, it kick-starts your metabolism.
Your metabolism is responsible for converting your food into the energy you need to function throughout the day. Light therapy combined with exercise and a healthy diet can keep your metabolism functioning efficiently and ward off that extra winter weight from holiday indulgence.
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