Can you overdo light therapy?
Table of Contents
- Can you overdo light therapy?
- Can I use my SAD light at night?
- Do SAD lights produce vitamin D?
- Can you use light therapy twice a day?
- How often should you use light therapy?
- How long should you use a SAD lamp for?
- Is it possible to use sad light therapy too much?
- Can You induce mania with sad light therapy?
- Why do people use sad lights in winter?
- Are there any side effects of using a sad lamp?
Can you overdo light therapy?
Light therapy requires time and consistency. You can set your light box on a table or desk in your home or office. That way you can read, use a computer, write, watch TV, talk on the phone or eat while having light therapy. Stick to your therapy schedule and don't overdo it.
Can I use my SAD light at night?
Studies vary as to whether light therapy at other times of the day is less effective. But some people with SAD (perhaps those who wake up normally in the early morning) should do their light therapy for 1 to 2 hours in the evening, ending 1 hour before bedtime.
Do SAD lights produce vitamin D?
Even though it's a light-based therapy, sun lamps don't impact vitamin D production. Be sure to get your vitamin D through your diet and/or supplements as your doctor advises.
Can you use light therapy twice a day?
Treatment sessions can last from 15 minutes to three hours, once or twice a day, depending on individual needs and equipment used. The average length of a session for a system delivering 10,000 lux illumination is, for example, much shorter than for 2,500 lux (30 minutes vs. two hours).
How often should you use light therapy?
Light therapy is usually prescribed for 30 minutes to 2 hours a day, depending on the intensity of the light used and on whether you are starting out or have been using it for a while. Most light therapy is prescribed at 10,000 lux to be used in the early morning.
How long should you use a SAD lamp for?
According to the Mayo Clinic, the typical recommendation for seasonal depression is to use a 10,000-lux light box 16 to 24 inches from your face. Use it daily for about 20 to 30 minutes, preferably early in the morning after first waking up.
Is it possible to use sad light therapy too much?
- It’s possible to use a SAD light therapy device too much. Agitation and eyestrain for between 1-3 days seems to be the principal side effect. Inducing mania has been observed in about 1% of users with bipolar disorder.
Can You induce mania with sad light therapy?
- Inducing mania has been observed in about 1% of users with bipolar disorder. Those with photosensitivity (either naturally or through medication), as well as those who wear contact lenses, should be careful when beginning light therapy for SAD treatments.
Why do people use sad lights in winter?
- You’ve probably heard of Light Therapy lamps and SAD. SAD stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder and its a type of depression which is caused by changes in the seasons. Many people don’t get enough sunlight in the winter months and use SAD lights to compensate for that.
Are there any side effects of using a sad lamp?
- 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.