Light Therapy Benefits
Light therapy is used by mental health providers to assuage some conditions that have proven responsive to light exposure. Light therapy involves full-spectrum light, UV light or bright-light.
Benefits for Depression
Light therapy triggers a chemical reaction in the patient’s brain, suppressing the production of melatonin that determines sleep cycles and can lead to depression or insomnia.
Benefits for Insomnia
Therapy involving a few hours of exposure to bright light can alter someone’s circadian rhythms, training the body to sleep at night.
Benefits for Seasonal Affective Disorder
Light therapy can treat SAD, a form of depression, by causing a biochemical change in the brain that reduces bad moods.
Benefits for Acne
Blue light therapy can attack acne-forming bacteria and treat severe acne.
Benefits for Lupus
Types of UV lights might help relieve the symptoms of lupus.