What is Light Therapy?



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Light therapy was the first treatment used to treat the first patient of SAD, and to this day a better one has yet to be found. Over the years, better kinds of light and better ways of getting the light absorbed by SAD patients have been developed, but the light box continues to be the greatest innovation in treating Seasonal Affective Disorder.

HenryWard Beecher once commented,“I think you might dispense with half your doctors if you would only consult Dr. Sun more.” Perhaps sunlight can’t replace so much as half the doctors, but certainly sunlight, and man-made light, have been shown to treat everything from skin disorders to depression. Several kinds of depression outside SAD have shown good responses to regular light exposure, including major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, and postpartum depression.

Light therapy has also been used repeatedly to help with sleep disorders. It has also helped people who suffer insomnia and sleep troubles as a result of working late- night shifts, and even for jet lag!

As you can see, sunlight is a powerful tool in fighting both depression and sleep problems, and as the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder contain elements of both, it’s small wonder that light therapy has done so much for people who have seasonal problems.

Though light therapy is very simple to administer, there are some basic guidelines to follow in order to get the most out of it.There are also a few precautions to take. Some light sources, for example, can be harmful to your eyes or skin, so it’s best to go with a quality light box specifically designed for light therapy treatment.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder in Children and Teens



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It’s possible to identify the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder in other people, and if you’re concerned for your spouse or a friend of yours, you’ll probably be pretty easily able to figure out if their problems are SAD-related. Kids and teens are another story. The trouble is that kids and teens often go through phases in development that mimic the symptoms of SAD. As teenagers go through rapid growth spurts, for example, they often feel far more tired than usual and can sleep many extra hours each day.This isn’t necessarily a symptom of SAD and it would be easy to dismiss any changes in sleep in your teen to simple developmental ups and downs.

Now, we don’t want you to go seeing SAD where it doesn’t actually exist. Don’t assume that your kid’s symptoms are the result of SAD. It’s entirely possible – it’s even most likely – that a teenager who is grumpy, antisocial, sleeps a lot, and consumes a lot of fatty, sugary carbohydrates is simply, as we say,“being a teenager.” That’s no cause for alarm.

So what’s the important distinguishing factor of SAD? The seasonal part. If you notice that your child or teenager has great grades in the spring and fall months but drops off sharply every winter, that pattern may have a basis in SAD. If you notice they’re usually very social with their friends all summer long but in winter have no inclination to spend time with other people, even their friends, that could be a problem. See if there are any patterns in your child’s behavior that correlate to the seasons. If so, that may be a good thing, since it can give an explanation for some of those ups and downs.

If you thought your child simply needed rigorous attention to get their homework done every night but find that they focus much better with light therapy, they may show the same adeptness at getting good grades in winter as they do in the warmer months. Identifying SAD can also help mood, social behavior, and learning problems. It can even change your child’s opinion of themselves. Struggling through the winter months can take a toll on a growing child’s opinion of his own intelligence, and if the winter symptoms last long enough, a child can decide that school isn’t worth the effort – even when it becomes easier in the spring.

Understanding that their troubles are seasonally related can reverse that negative opinion, and light therapy can eliminate the problem.

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Rise with the Sun – Dawn Simulators



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Dawn Simulators are a great addition to your light therapy sessions, especially if you intend to get up early to do them as is recommended. Since light is one of the triggers that lets our bodies know it’s time to wake up, dragging yourself out of bed in the winter can be extremely difficult. Even if you wake up when it’s technically light out, the sun won’t show itself above the horizon for some time, and your room is much darker than it would be in the summer months. A dawn simulator can help get you around these obstacles.

Dawn simulators basically increase the level of light in your room by degrees as you sleep, slowly informing your body that it’s time to wake up in a way that feels natural. Since it starts before you actually intend to awake and reaches its peak just as you’re reaching for the alarm clock, you feel as though you’d naturally woken up to the light of the sun.

The other great effect of dawn simulators is that they help regulate your sleeping patterns. Not only will you get up in time for your light therapy session without feeling like it’s torture to drag yourself out of bed, you’ll sleep better because your body feels comfortable waking at the same time every day. It is recommended that you go to bed and wake at the same time every day, a dawn simulator helps you do that while also paying heed to your seasonal problems.

While light therapy can help immensely with the symptoms of SAD, including the feelings of lethargy and lacking energy, it doesn’t necessarily help you get a better, restful and quality sleep. A Dawn Simulator can help take care of the sleep factor, while daily full spectrum light therapy will help you stay alert and awake during the daylight hours.

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Clean Deeper with Verilux’s Cleanwave Line



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Clean the healthier, environmentally friendly way with the power of UV light, and kill 99.9% of bacteria, molds, Dust Mites and Fleas without the use of harmful, corrosive chemicals.

The life cycle of the average male dust mite ranges between 10 and 19 days, while a mated female house dust mite can live up to 70 days, laying 60 to 100 eggs over the last 5 weeks of her life. In an average 10 week lifespan, a house dust mite will produce nearly 2000 fecal particles in addition to an even greater number of partially digested enzyme-covered dust particles. Does this seem like something you want living within your sofa or mattress? Likely not. The allergens produced by house dust mites are among the most common instigators of asthma. Good indicators that you are suffering from the presence of these pests are itchiness, sneezing, inflamed or infected eczema, watering/reddening eyes, runny nose and clogging in the lungs. The frequent washing and vacuuming of soft surfaces is an obvious step in the termination of house dust mites, but there is another way to catch them in their tracks.. and that is with sanitizing UV light. In addition to killing 99.9% of dust mites, UV light is extremely effective in the elimination of bacteria, including H1N1, as well as being an effective warrior against germs and mold. UV light also combats hard to kill Dust Mite eggs and Flea eggs, doing away with health risks safely and quickly.

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Enabling you to cover a wide surface area and kill those pesky, disease causing pests, the Cleanwave Series from Verilux offers a safe, effective alternative to the eradication process. In addition to light wands and furniture/bed vacs for the sanitation of soft and hard surfaces in your home, the Cleanwave Line also has a Travel Pack, allowing you to trust the cleanliness of any soft surface you may encounter when away from home.

But there is another item in your home, that you may want to think about sanitizing, your toothbrush. Within the moist environment of your toothbrush, harmful germs and bacteria can live and flourish long after you’ve finished brushing your teeth and rinsing your toothbrush, but they can be effectively eliminated thanks to the CleanWave Portable ToothBrush Sanitizer‘s powerful UV-C light.

Incorporate Verilux’s Cleanwave products into your cleaning routine and eliminate the unwanted pests that may be lurking within your home.

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