The benefits of sunlight have long been proven, but for the times when sunlight is sparse, we have adopted light boxes for mood and sleep stabilisation. These artificial light sources help to reduce the symptoms of disorders such as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and even year round depression. Manipulating melatonin , serotonin, and body timing with the (ultraviolet free) lightboxes allows people with mood and sleep disorders to benefit from the light at any time and in any place.
How Should I Choose a Lightbox?
Things to consider:
- Brightness: The right level of brightness can be determined by factoring in your eyes' light sensitivity, and the proximity of the light to your position in the room. Sensitive eyes may benefit from a light box with a white glare reducing background
- Style: If you are concerned about the appearance of your light box--in addition to its functionality--you may want to opt for a small model , a desk model , or a litebook .
- Portability: Will you be moving your light box around or travelling on a regular basis? If so, you may want to check out a small portable lightbox .
When Should I Use the Light Box?
Use a light box when it is convenient for you; fit it into your daily schedule, and use it when you can dedicate the right amount of time and attention to the session. If you have consulted a doctor about using a light box, then your doctor may prescribe you a specific light intensity, session length, and time of day for treatment. Because the light box is most effective when an individual sits in front of the light, make sure it is used during an activity that allows you to look into the box (e.g. exercising).