Light therapy is a simple and effective treatment for older adults that suffer from circadian rhythm sleep disorders, or mood disorders. The area of the brain that controls the circadian rhythm also regulates body temperature, alertness, and regular hormone cycles. Sleep problems are especially common for seniors. 

What does light therapy treat?

According to the Mayo Clinic, light therapy helps conditions such as:

  • Sleep disorders
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Depression 
  • Dementia
  • Jet lag 

For seniors who suffer from sleep disorders caused by disrupted circadian rhythms, the hormone, melatonin, isn’t produced when it should be. Lack of melatonin may result in trouble sleeping or falling asleep at inappropriate times. Those who have Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia are more susceptible to having trouble sleeping at night. Light therapy helps reset the body’s clock to resolve most sleep issues. 

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that can occur due to lack of sunlight. Spending time in front of the lightbox mimics sunshine to increase overall mood and well-being.

How does it work?

Light therapy is as easy as pressing a button on a lightbox, then sitting in front of it with your eyes focused away from the source of light for about a half-hour, usually upon waking up. It is a safe treatment that can be done virtually anywhere with a power outlet nearby. Sitting in front of the lightbox will give off 10,000 lux, which is 100 times brighter than typical indoor lighting, and less invasive than sunshine at roughly 50,000 lux or more.

Enjoy Light Therapy at Wesley Enhanced Living

A trusted physician will provide advice if light therapy is an appropriate treatment for sleep issues, depression symptoms, or other ailments. Some residents at Wesley Enhanced Living enjoy their morning cup of coffee in front of the lightbox on especially gloomy days. Our staff understands what it takes to ensure that you have everything you need to manage your sleep and mood disorders. Whether you prefer Independent Living, Personal Care, Rehabilitation, or Skilled Nursing, we have the perfect option for you. Take a moment to contact us today to learn more about all that we have to offer.

Wesley Enhanced Living provides high-quality senior retirement communities for you or your loved ones. Contact one of our Philadelphia area locations and find out why our seniors love where they live. Our staff is happy to discuss your elder’s needs or your own and inform you of our range of services. Virtual tours are now available. Call us today for more information.