Get Rid of the Winter Blues with Blue Light Therapy
Up to 14 percent of the U.S. population suffers from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a form of depression that typically occurs during the fall and winter seasons due to changes in the environment, such as darker mornings and earlier nights. Heavily linked to light exposure, SAD can also cause problems sleeping. Often times, SAD sufferers feel less energized, have difficulty getting up in the morning and have trouble sleeping peacefully.
Fortunately, 60 to 80 percent of those suffering from SAD can benefit from blue light therapy, a form of therapy that exposes the patient to regular doses of blue light to help regulate the patient’s sleep-wake cycle.
In comparison to white light, blue light is stronger and more effective at inhibiting the production of melatonin, a hormone that plays an active role in promoting sleep. By regulating the dosage and number of times a patient is exposed to blue light, sleep specialists can help patients reset their natural sleep-wake cycle and alleviate symptoms of SAD.
To learn more about how blue light therapy can help you find better sleep this season, please give our FusionSleep office a call to schedule a consultation. You can contact our expert team of certified sleep specialists by calling (678) 990-3962, or by filling out our online form.