How do you use a light box therapy?
Here are some tips for using light therapy:
- Get the right light. Your light box should have a 10,000 lux exposure.
- Avoid staring at the light. Keep the box just off to the side and about a foot away.
- Take your time. You should absorb light from your lamp for about a half hour a day.
- Start in the morning.
How long should you sit in front of a light box?
Use the light box in the morning for 20 to 60 minutes, depending on your individual needs. Start with 20 to 30 minutes of the light box every morning to see if that helps boost your mood and energy. If isn’t making a difference, try longer periods, up to 60 minutes each morning.
How long does it take for light box therapy to work?
Many people experience some benefits from light therapy within a few days. Symptoms of depression should improve in about 2 weeks. If they do not, you can increase your time in front of a 10,000 lux lamp to 60 minutes per day. If this does not work, you can reach out to a doctor for advice.
Can you overuse a light box?
Overuse of a SAD lamp can produce insomnia or other side effects. Follow manufacturer recommendations for position. Your lamp should come with recommendations for how close you should position yourself to it. This is very important, as your distance from it will affect the lamp’s lux capacity.
When is the best time to use a light box?
Start light therapy in the early morning, as soon as possible after awakening (between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.). Response usually starts in a few days, and by two weeks the symptoms should be definitely improving. Most people need to continue light therapy throughout the winter until the springtime.
Can light boxes damage your eyes?
Most people can use light therapy safely. The recommended light boxes have filters that remove harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, so there’s no risk of skin or eye damage for most people.
How often should I use light therapy at home?
You may need a treatment each week for about a month. Then you might need maintenance treatments every month or every few months. Some at-home devices may also require a substantial time commitment. You might need to use your device twice a day for 30 to 60 minutes for four to five weeks.
Does light therapy work if your eyes are closed?
Some clinicians recommend occasional looks directly at the light for brief periods. Can I get light therapy with my eyes closed? The positive effects of most light therapy studies have been done with the eyes open. The standard 10,000 lux for ½ hour session assumes your eyes are open.
What should you not use with LED light therapy?
Individuals should not use LED therapy if they take certain medications, such as isotretinoin (Accutane), for acne or use topical treatments that cause sensitivity to sunlight. People with skin conditions should speak to a dermatologist before using LED light therapy.