There are a couple different light therapies on the market right now. One is for depression, as well as seasonal affective disorder, jet lag, and sleep disorders. I am going to talk about that one last, and I’m going to recommend you see your doctor before starting phototherapy. The second light getting more popular is a wake light. I found (THIS LIST) of the top 8 lights for 2017. The purpose of the light is to wake to a simulated sunrise, and it doesn’t have the precautions and potential side effects the light box may have. The wake light reportedly helps you sync your circadian rhythm, wake you up energixzed, and improve your mood. Some of the lights are the market are even able to simulate dust when you are going to sleep.
Why are people using wake lights? I, for one, think you are struggling to get out of bed, you are really starting your day off on the wrong foot. Science has said I’m on the right track.
Your body produces melatonin and cortisol on a system similar to a balance scale. When cortisol levels are high, you are alert and focused. A little more comely known, cortisol is your body’s stress hormone that leads to belly fat if used in abundance. Melatonin is where you find calm and peace. Ideally, your cortisol levels are highest first thing in the morning, and melatonin is highest before bed.
The blue light of electronics resembles the sun, so your body will produce more cortisol, if you are on your phone in the evening, which leads to restless sleep. This perpetuates a cycle when you don’t waken with higher cortisol levels. The wake light won’t cure this, but paired with orange tinted glasses or a conscious electronic bedtime, you will feel more rested.
Have you ever used a wake light? What has been your experience?
Now back to phototherapy light box for a minute. The light box is ofen used first thing in the morning, for 30 minutes. If you have eyes or skin especially sensitive to light, be sure to consult a doctor. Some drugs can also increase your sensitivity to light, like antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, and St John’s Wort. I’m going to insist you chat up your doc before you start phototherapy, especially if you are bipolar. Since the light works as an anti-depressant, too much can create manic symptoms. The results seem overwhelming positive, so ask your doc today!