What Time Of Day Should You Use Light Therapy?

You should NOT stare directly at the lights.

Start with 30 minutes of light exposure per day.

Start light therapy in the early morning, as soon as possible after awakening (between 6:00 a.m.

and 9:00 a.m.).

Response usually starts in a few days, and by two weeks the symptoms should be definitely improving.

Can you use light therapy at night?

Since the 1980’s bright light has been used as an effective therapy for depressive and circadian rhythm disorders. Given at the right time of day, bright light can help those with seasonal depression and delayed sleep phase disorder. Light therapy has usually been delivered using bright light boxes.

When should I start using a light box?

If you know that you get the winter blues, start in early fall and use the light box every morning. If you’re only using the light box a few times a week, it will be less effective.

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 time of day of light therapy is another important factor. Many people with winter depression respond best of all to treatment first thing upon awakening.

Can you use a SAD light too much?

It is possible to get too much light, which can produce discomfort including feeling “wired,” such as after consuming too much caffeine. In summary, light therapy is one proven treatment for controlling symptoms of seasonal affective disorder during fall/winter months.