Bright Light Therapy and Its Effect On Insomnia

Have you heard about DSPS (delayed sleep phase syndrome)? Many haven’t, yet there are companies out there acutely aware of DSPS and actively developing products to help combat the problem. So many of us seek out insomnia cures without ever knowing the type of insomnia that afflict us, which is why I do the work I do. Lately I’ve been delving into the research and potential benefits of the treatment for DSPS, and I’ve found the 2 most promising treatments are divided between antidepressants and light therapy bipap machine.

To understand how light therapy works, one has to understand the effects of light on our overall well being. And before you write off light therapy as “just another useless toy”, do note that The National Sleep Foundation endorses the use of these machines, they publish a guide titled “Managing Light for Better Sleep”, and they do extensive data collecting to further improve their knowledge base on the subject of restful sleep.

Many of us who live in cold or wet climates often fall victim to “Seasonal Affective Disorder”, known as SAD (truly an appropriate acronym), which often carries with it insomnia. SAD has been related to a lack of serotonin production, in which cases anti depressants such as Fluoxetine have been shown beneficial in treatment, since the drug increases the amount of the enzyme Serotonin N-acetyltransferase, resulting in an antidepressant-like effect. Most people suffering SAD or SSAD (Subsyndromal Seasonal Affective Disorder) simply fall victim to the lack of solar, light, and UV exposure. Somehow the body reacts to a lack of appropriate daily light by retarding the production of many of the hormones and chemicals we need to feel vibrant and experience normal emotive responses.

Long story short, since I truly don’t want this article to turn into a text book, SAD can be treated with light therapy, and has been used effectively as one of many insomnia cures that become necessary as a result of SAD. How it works might seem simple enough, but there has been numerous research done to dig into the deeper answers for why light therapy is beneficial to the insomnia patient and the person suffering seasonal depression.

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