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Therapy

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From Apollo Light

Since 1981 intense artificial light therapy has been implemented and researched in the U.S. and abroad. Thousands of individuals, medical centers and clinics have found success by utilizing this therapy for patients with SAD (seasonal depression), sleep  disorders, PMS, mal-adaptation to shift work, and jet lag.

This "Questions and Answers" page is intended to provide readers with general information about the current uses of light therapies. No medical instruction or advice is intended. It is suggested that all interested persons seek the advice of a skilled clinician.

How does light therapy work?

Exposures to intense artificial bright light suppress the secretion of the night time hormone melatonin, and may enhance the effectiveness of serotonin and other neurotransmitters. It is the only effective means of shifting circadian rhythms.

What lamps are more effective? What wavelength of light is needed?

The important factor contributing to physiological responses to light is the intensity of light that reaches one's eyes. Some people enjoy the ambient color that full-spectrum (daylight color) lamps produce, but no therapeutic effects have been documented from the use of average intensities of full-spectrum light. Apollo's Brite Lite 6 is designed to produce the proper high-intensity light treatment without damaging UV.

What intensity is needed and for how long?

Most people who suffer from SAD or winter blues use a 10,000 Lux therapy early in the morning for about one-half hour. 10,000 Lux is 20 times the intensity of average indoor ambient light. Timing of light therapy varies for each individual.

What type of light unit is needed? Can one use a standard ceiling fixture?

To achieve the intensity of 10,000 Lux, with standard fluorescent technology, one would need to build a light unit with 8, 4-ft. tubes. An individual can not receive the proper intensity of light from a standard ceiling fixture because the ceiling lights are too far away and not oriented towards the users eyes.

Will insurance cover the cost of a new fixture?

Many insurance companies have reimbursed the purchase price of light fixtures for the treatment of SAD, PMS, sleep disorders, and mal-adaptation to shift work.
 
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