We all want to be in good health, yet men are notoriously apathetic towards healthcare.
Sometimes it’s just embarrassment, they often think that if they ignore it for long enough it will just ‘go away’! In fact this is not the case, not only is early treatment more likely to be successful, but it also means less worry.
This is certainly the case with light. The benefits of natural light and light therapy are a ‘no brainer’, we all feel better in the summer with the warmth of the sun on our skin and although many of us don’t realise it, sunlight can affect the way the brain works too.
Light affects our health in many ways from the sunlight which helps the body to produce the vitamin D which in turn give healthy bones and immune system to the level of light that tell the melatonin to turn on and give a good night’s sleep.
We speak to many people all year round with symptoms of tiredness, lethargy and just a general decline in wellbeing, we have been able to lift their mood and restore their ability to cope, and improve many aspects of their daily life – all through literally bringing light into their life!
So how does light affect our brains?
Light affects a small area (suprachiasmatic nuclei) deep in the pineal gland in the brain. This area responds to light, when there is less light it sends a message to your body to produce more melatonin (the hormone that causes hibernation in animals) and it makes you sleepy. However, when there is plenty of light it sends the signal to produce serotonin the ‘happy hormone’ which makes you lively and dynamic.
Right, that’s the technical bit out of the way!
If we think about it logically it is only about 100 years since the first light bulbs were developed. Before this we went to bed when it was dark and got up when it was light and nobody tried to do anything much in the winter months. Winter was a time when the land was dormant and most of the population was too.
However, we no longer have that sort of lifestyle, we are stretching our day, and in some cases going to work and coming home in the dark, working in offices with tinted glass or worse with no windows at all. Is it any wonder we get tired and lethargic?
On a seasonal basis the shorter days and lack of light have a negative influence on people but being deprived of light can also affect:
...all these are affected by light!
So what is the answer?
Talk to us! We are the longest established manufacturer of lightboxes in the UK. For over 20 years we have been making lightboxes that bring benefits of light therapy to our UK and international clients.
Lightboxes are designed to counteract the negative effects of light deprivation by supplementing the amount of natural light available.
A lightbox is very easy to use. If you can, put one on your desk, about an arms distance away, slightly to one side of your computer, switch it on and away you go! Just don’t use it within 4 hours of bedtime or you won’t be able to sleep.
The light must go into the eye so no sun glasses, goggles etc, but ordinary glasses or contact lenses are fine.
If you can’t use one on your desk you might need a larger model that you can use while you have breakfast, make your lunch to take to work or even while you get dressed in the morning.