It is possible to get too much light, which can produce discomfort including feeling “wired,” such as after consuming too much caffeine.
In summary, light therapy is one proven treatment for controlling symptoms of seasonal affective disorder during fall/winter months.
Can you overdo light therapy?
During light therapy
You can’t get the same effect merely by exposing your skin to the light. Stick to your therapy schedule and don’t overdo it.
Does light therapy have side effects?
Even though this type of treatment is generally very safe, negative effects may occur. As a consequence of light therapy, patients can complain of irritability, headaches, eye strain, sleep disturbances and insomnia. Mild visual side effects are not unusual, but remit promptly.
How often should you do light therapy?
Everyone reacts differently, depending on their age and the condition of their skin. In general, best results are achieved over an 8 – 12 week period. It is recommended to start with a commitment of 15 minutes, which is the maximum time in our Red Light Therapy bed, at least 3-5 times per week for the first 1-4 weeks.
Can light therapy damage your eyes?
Don’t look directly at the light box, which will damage your eyes. Although light therapy is generally safe, people with bipolar disorder may become manic after too much light exposure. Certain supplements and medications can also increase the risk of eye damage, because they make the retinas more sensitive to light.