It is becoming well known that our sleep patterns, moods and energy levels are greatly affected by exposure to light. People who do not get enough light during the day often feel sluggish, tired and irritable, and can develop Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). The most effective, safe and natural way to treat sleep disorders and SAD is to use a light therapy box during the day such as the Philips goLITE therapy light.
How it works
Light therapy works by mimicking the light you would receive from the sun. When the light hits the back of the eye it helps to stimulate the hypothalamus into releasing important chemicals into the body. One important chemical that is released is serotonin, which is responsible for your mood and appetite. At the same time the light tells the body to suppress the production of melatonin, which tells your body to sleep.
Some of the great features of the Philips goLITE include:
Blue light: This lamp uses a specific spectrum of blue light found in sunshine. Research has found that exposure to different wavelengths of this blue light is effective for treating those who are light deficient, so you don’t have to expose yourself to the intensity of white light that most therapy boxes use.
LED technology: Philips uses advanced LED technology that provides a soft, even amount of light without any harsh glare. The color of the screen is a lovely, warm blue color that looks like the sky on a spring day.
Design: The sleek, compact design of the Philips goLITE makes it easy to store, use and travel with. It comes with a touch screen that makes it easy to adjust the settings and light intensity and weighs just 12 ounces.
Short use time: Unlike other bright light boxes, with the Philips goLITE you only need to use the lamp for 15-45 minutes a day to get results. Using the light for 15 minutes will help to immediately boost your mood and energy levels. The light is also completely safe to use for longer than that.
Ideal for traveling: In addition to being lightweight, compact and very portable, the goLITE light box is ideal for traveling as it can help you overcome jet lag quickly and safely. How you use the light will depend on which direction you are traveling and how many time zones you will be passing through. To find out more about combating jet lag with the light box, be sure to look over the users’ guide.
The only real downfall to the Philips goLITE light therapy device is the price. It is true that there are cheaper devices in the market, but they won’t be as effective or last as long. If you are sick of experiencing the winter blues each year, this is the best light therapy device you can get for your money.