Apollo Light Therapy
In the winter, daylight hours grow shorter and people tend to stay indoors when temperatures are low. This decrease in daylight exposure causes our rhythm of sleeping and waking (or circadian rhythm) to change. Our circadian rhythms regulate not only our sleep but hormone production, and body temperature.
In some people, these changes trigger the depressive symptoms of SAD, or seasonal affective disorder. Those with SAD have a depressed mood, fatigue, low motivation, feelings of sadness, and possibly a sense of hopelessness.
SAD has been treated effectively by exposing sufferers to full-spectrum light. More recently however, researchers have found the most beneficial light for treating SAD is the blue part of our spectrum. New light products have since been developed that provide blue light for therapeutic purposes. Not only is blue light more effective than full spectrum, it is much kinder to our eyes.
Light therapy works because photo receptors in our eyes respond to light and signal the hypothalamus which in turn sends a message to the pineal gland. The pineal gland prohibits the withdrawal hormone, melatonin (makes us sleepy), and begins producing serotonin which keeps us alert, motivated, and active.
Apollo is the manufacturer of tested, reliable, and trusted light products. Their lamps have been used by NASA to keep astronauts’ circadian rhythms in sync after a mission. They are used on jaundiced babies, for circulation problems, skin disorders (acne, psoriasis), muscle, and joint pain. Apollo lights also help with wound healing, jet lag, insomnia, and the maintenance of good health.
Apollo Light Therapy uses Bluewave LED technology that is as effective as natural sunlight (full-spectrum light products are 60% less beneficial than the sun). Small hand-held light units and table top models are available. There have been no side effects reported by users of Apollo therapy.