Light box reminder

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NeuralgicNeurotic

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Light box reminder

  • on: 19 Sep 2016 12:30AM
For all ye users of phototherapy, it's that time of year again. Time to dust off and test your light box, and settle into the routine of treatment.

(There is an older light box reminder thread in this part of the board, but I can't find it >blush< )

Sunshine Meadows

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Re: Light box reminder

  • on: 20 Sep 2016 10:49AM
Tah for this  >thumbsup<

I am considering buying a light box because the darker nights are messing with my sleep pattern. I end up going to bed at 9pm then keep waking up til about 1am then sleep until the dogs wake me at around 8:30am.


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Re: Light box reminder

  • on: 26 Sep 2016 11:59AM
I am considering buying a light box because the darker nights are messing with my sleep pattern. I end up going to bed at 9pm then keep waking up til about 1am then sleep until the dogs wake me at around 8:30am.

I've been on the look out for scholarly articles about bright light treatment for disturbed sleep, but haven't found anything aside from articles on serious disorders such as delayed sleep phase syndrome.

This is an article from a light box company, which does at least provide some pointers on how to use bright light therapy to address various sleeping problems. If I find anything more robust, I'll post it in this thread.

http://www.lumie.com/blogs/quick-guides/6302482-light-therapy-for-better-sleep

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Re: Light box reminder

  • on: 04 Oct 2017 11:45PM
Only 4 weeks to go until the winter time change, so if you haven't already done so, it's time to get out your light box and start treatment.  >Sunandclouds<

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Re: Light box reminder

  • on: 05 Oct 2017 12:21PM
I tried one and it didn't help me, mainly because it used to be the case that because of being a scaredy cat I actually slept better in the light (i.e. easier to get off to sleep in bright daylight), but I gave it to a friend who,  like me, has bipolar disorder and she found it wonderful.  When it broke, she bought a new one.  I don't know if she's still using it, but she used one for at least 15 years and was, I believe, pretty stable, which is to say that even if it wasn't helping as she thought it was, it wasn't doing any harm.

(I'm an obsessive problem-solver, so feel free to ignore any suggestions or solutions I offer, even if they sound terribly insistent.)

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Re: Light box reminder

  • on: 07 Oct 2017 10:30AM
I always get a nasty downturn in winter, and find a lightbox helpful in combatting that. It keeps my physical energy levels a bit higher than otherwise, which indirectly helps my mood as I'm not constantly castigating myself for being useless if I don't have the energy to for example wash or attend to George.

If anyone is considering a lightbox, but is worried about having to spend money on something that might turn out to be ineffective for them, they can be hired from this company:

http://www.sad-lighthire.co.uk/category/rental-lightboxes/56