What is Light Therapy?

Light therapy (or phototherapy) involves exposure to specific wavelengths of light for a prescribed amount of time at a specific time of day.

Light Therapy for long winters

Bright light therapy has been used to beat long, dark winters for decades. According to Mayo Clinic, light therapy is the preferred option to beat long winters. 

Traditionally white light therapy has been used, however research has shown green light to be more effective.

How light therapy is used to beat long winters

Long Winters is a low mood related to shorter days and reduced sunlight exposure in the winter months. Lack of light can lead to loss of energy, weight gain and difficulty concentrating.

When your eyes receive light, it sends a signal to your body which helps you feel awake and alert. Using light therapy can have a positive effect on your mood and can leave you feeling more energized.

Portable light therapy for winter blues

Portable glasses provide you the benefits of bright light with minimal interruption to your life so you can beat the winter blues.

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Green-blue light therapy for long winters

Re-Timer uses green-blue light, the most effective colors of light for beating the winter.

Furthermore, our eyes have a lens that becomes cloudy and yellows as we age. This clouding restricts blue light entering the eye. Since most white light devices rely on blue wavelengths to beat winter blues, green light is considered to be a superior option in older populations.

Read more about Re-Timer for Long Winters.

Light Therapy for Sleep

Light therapy is a natural solution to help you maintain a routine sleep cycle. Light therapy can also assist change the times you sleep and wake.

If you are unable to fall back to sleep after waking early in the morning (advanced sleep phase) or have difficulty falling asleep at the beginning of the night (delayed sleep phase) Re-Timer can help adjust sleep back to your preferred time. 

When your eyes detect bright light, your body responds by being more awake and alert. This process also helps your body to understand when it’s time to sleep. Re-Timer light therapy glasses use light to help you maintain a consistent sleep–wake rhythm.

How does light therapy change your sleep?

Light is the most important indicator of your sleep rhythm timing. Light exposure regulates your body clock. Using light therapy enables you to change when you feel tired and therefore adjust your sleep back to your preferred time. 

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Morning bright light therapy

Adjust your body clock to an earlier schedule through repeated exposure to bright light appropriately timed in the morning.

Evening bright light therapy

An effective way to re-time your body clock to a later time is to use bright light visual stimulation in the evening.

Green-blue light therapy for sleep

Green-blue light has been proven to be more effective at re-timing the body clock.