Sleep Light Therapy
How light therapy for sleep disorders helps people rest!
Having trouble sleeping? Perhaps turning the lights on can help you go back to sleep. Blue light therapy for sleep disorders is fast becoming the best non-invasive way to treat sleep disorders. So if you find yourself feeling restless during evening and unable to sleep, you can expose yourself to blue lighting before going to sleep.
The body has an internal clock that tells you when it is time to sleep and when it’s time to be awake. During this 24-hour period, there are certain events that happen inside your body like the release of certain hormones, changes in body temperature, appetite, alertness, and so on. So the circadian rhythm isn’t just the waking up part and the sleeping part.
Sleep disorders happen when one’s circadian rhythms are interrupted or when your internal body clock is disturbed. When this happens a lot of things happen:
You have trouble sleeping at night. You find yourself restless and end up tossing and turning for some time until you are able to sleep. And naturally, when you sleep late, what happens next is that you…
Wake up late
Waking up late isn’t normal, especially when it happens every day. When you wake up late, that already disturbs your circadian rhythm for the day because you will end up sleeping late in the evening. When this continues your whole sleep and wake pattern is affected.
Free running sleep-wake pattern
What happens here is that you tend to fall asleep at different times of the day. One day you may sleep in the morning, the other day you might fall asleep during the afternoon. Another problem with this kind of sleep-wake pattern is that people sleep different.
Light therapy can treat sleep disorders by exposing patients to light during a specific time of the day, depending on the kind of sleep disorder. Sleep disorders treatments are used to correct problems in people’s circadian rhythm.
Wake up right with sun alarm clocks
For those who have problems waking up on time because of their sleep disorders, sun alarm clocks are used to mimic the sunrise. By slowly increasing the amount of light in the room, sun alarm clocks or dawn simulators can help stimulate the body into waking up. By doing so, you will help the body’s circadian rhythm to return to normal.
Sleep right with blue sleep light therapy
Those having difficulty sleeping can correct this with blue sleep light treatments. If they have trouble sleeping, they will get a light box which will project a soft blue light in their rooms. This helps people suffering from mild insomnia return to normal sleep patterns without having to take medication.
These and other sleep treatments have been shown to correct problems in the circadian rhythms of people. Even elderly people will benefit from these treatments. Those reaching their sixties or their seventies find that they go to bed too early (7:00 AM) and wake up too early (3:00 to 4:00 AM) as well. By treating them with light therapy treatments like the light therapy alarm clock, they can return to their more normal rhythms.