Day-Light Sky Features:
The Day-Light Sky is designed to provide optimal bright light therapy treatment for the user.
Two Light SettingsThe two-light setting provides 10,000 LUX, while the one-light setting provides convenient task lighting.
BrightZone TechnologyEngineered and tested to provide the field of illumination and 10,000 LUX experts recommend for maximum therapeutic benefit.
Compact Light EnclosureThe Day-Light Sky light enclosure is 33% smaller than the Day-Light Classic while mainlining the same field of illumination, adding versatility for the user.
Contemporary, Discreet & MultipurposeThe Day-Light Sky is designed for discreet use in the home or the office, providing bright light therapy and everyday task lighting in one attractive package.
Glare-FreeThe white diffusing lens eliminates glare and evenly distributes the light. Two 55-watt light tubes emit a warm light and minimize potentially harmful blue rays.
UV Filtered & SafeHi-impact polycarbonate lens filters 99.3% of harmful UV rays.
Height Adjustable ArmThe height adjustable arm allows the light to be positioned at the appropriate height and angle for the user. This is the optimal light positioning recommended by light therapy experts.
Flicker-FreeManufactured with high efficiency, electronic ballasts, the Day-Light Sky eliminates the annoying flicker experienced with ordinary fluorescent fixtures.
Bright Light Therapy
Importance of Light:
Light is essential to maintaining normal, healthy physiology. Exposure to the sunrise is a key factor in synchronizing our internal body cycles or circadian rhythms to the external world (so we sleep when it is dark and are alert during the day).
Modern industrial society, combined with human migration to northern latitudes, has tampered with this cycle and the resulting loss of natural light exposure - in dark apartments, in the workplace, on shift work, etc. For many, this leads to ongoing light deprivation, making us vulnerable to mood disorders, sleep problems, fatigue, poor ability to concentrate, and more.
Light levels vary greatly between indoor and outdoor lighting as shown in the chart below. LUX is the measure of light intensity at a specific distance from a light source.
Many people may suffer from light deprivation and not even be aware that the symptoms of light deprivation include:
- Feeling down or moody during the fall and winter
- Fatigue, lack of energy, and difficulty getting up in the morning
- Problems getting things done (lack of motivation)
- Reduced social contact (and often reduced sexual interest)
- Cravings for carbohydrates and weight gain
Experts believe that as many as 1 in 20 people may experience full-blown Seasonal Affective Disorder in the northern hemisphere and up to 11 times may experience the milder winter blues. As well, recent findings show that bright light therapy may also help relieve some non-seasonal mood disorders, jet lag and shift work adjustment.
Day Light Treatment Benefits
SAD - Seasonal Affective Disorder:
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a debilitating, mood disorder with a predictable pattern of recurrence during the fall and winter. Experts estimate that as many as 10 million North Americans may experience SAD. Initial symptoms may include feelings of lethargy, trouble waking and getting up or cravings for heavy or carbohydrate-rich foods.
These initial symptoms often lead to a mild mood disorder for a few weeks and then may progress to chronic low mood, inability to do work, loss of pleasure in usual activities, etc. Symptoms are often most acute in January and February. The severity of symptoms, are the indicator experts use to differentiate mild winter blues from more acute SAD. With both conditions, as days become longer, symptoms tend to clear up usually by early May.
Anyone can experience SAD cycles, even thought they may not occur every year. Women of childbearing age appear to be the most vulnerable, but SAD may occur from childhood through to old age, and men can be just as strongly affected as women.
Bright light therapy is simple to administer and effective for many SAD sufferers when using a well-designed bright light therapy system on a regular daily schedule. Bright light may be "dosed" by changing the intensity level, exposure duration and/or the time of day when it is used. Generally, the recommended starting dose is 10,000 LUX for 30 minutes in the morning soon after waking. Dosage is then adjusted (increased or decreased) to suit the specific needs of the user.
One large study of SAD patients undergoing bright light therapy, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, found significant clinical improvement in about 80% of cases when bright light was scheduled at the optimum early hour. If the bright light was scheduled later, the response rate dropped to about 40%.
To determine the optimum treatment time for bright light therapy, the Automated Morningness-Eveningness Questionnaire provided by CET (Center for Environmental Therapeutics), is an excellent guide. It may be used in consultation with your physician to prepare an appropriate bright light therapy treatment schedule for your individual condition.
- Product Code: Day-Light Sky
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