About Light Therapy
Today, we are living in a light-deprived world and are paying for it with our health. We’re in the office or store by eight, on the run all day – mostly inside – then back at home – inside again – glued to the tube or the monitor. Some call this “progress” – and to be sure, in many ways it is. But the problem is we’ve progressed faster than we’ve evolved – so it is no wonder that so many of us are suffering the effects of this new ‘indoor’ existence. We evolved to spend most of our waking hours outside, in the bright sunshine – but today our lifestyles are causing us to fight what Mother Nature intended for us by living in the dark.
The good news is that researchers in light therapy have made great strides in recent years in understanding the impact of light on our health and wellness, and there is an increasing awareness among the general population about the importance of getting enough of the right kind of light: bright light.
The reality, however, is that we are not likely able to change our lifestyle significantly to go outside and get the light we need on a daily basis. So bringing the light we need to us in the form of light therapy is the next best solution.
A teen can reset his or her internal clock by receiving bright light exposure and thereby assist the body in suppressing melatonin during the day, which means he or she will feel tired at bedtime.
In today’s wired world, many of us work all hours of the day or night, which affects our well-being and safety. Fatigue among shift workers is an internationally recognized problem across multiple industries.
If you’re dreading your days, and your low mood and lack of energy are affecting your life, you may be light-deprived. Today’s lifestyle traps most of us indoors, with little chance to experience the benefits of elevated mood and energy associated with getting enough bright sunlight daily.
Our busy lives demand that we be ready for anything, 24/7. Whether it’s because our job requires us to always be alert and attentive, or because our family is depending on us, we need to feel positive, energetic and focused.