Getting The Right Light Keeps You Alert

You know the lack of sunshine, especially during the colder months of the year, can jump-start Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Those effects can be particularly profound for those of you who work nights, hardly ever get enough sunshine and may be oversleeping or overeating as a result.

Add drowsiness to the list of problems, based on a small study of 16 patients attempting to stay awake during the night at Boston-based Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Researchers found a simple solution to their sluggishness which, not surprisingly, had nothing at all to do with taking a drug. Exposing them to short-wavelength light blue light did the trick in treating their fatigue immediately.

That's why I'm constantly reminding you the light that hits your skin every day has a powerful impact on your health as well as your energy level. If you're having problems with constant sluggishness -- day or night -- consider making an investment in the full spectrum light boxes I sell in my Web store. These full spectrum light boxes offer the very same healthy "ingredients" you'd naturally receive in the sunshine, including the full spectrum of color as well as infrared and the three ultra violet wavelengths.

Apart from the full spectrum light boxes I sell in my Web store, no light source, not even "regular" or "natural" light bulbs or fluorescent light bulbs, can make that claim.

Live Science February 1, 2006

Sleep, Vol. 29. No. 2, February 1, 2006: 161-168

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