Ditch The Caffeine: Here’s How Light Therapy Can Boost Your Energy

January 16, 2020
Jeffrey Fongemie
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For most people, coffee is the common go-to whenever they feel a dip in their energy. But did you know that you don’t have to depend on that caffeine jolt to feel energized and refreshed every morning? Modern bright light therapy can give you the same results, without leaving any jittery after-effects.

Drinking a cup of coffee is not harmful per se, but many people consume copious amounts of coffee to combat sluggishness. They don’t even realize that drinking that much coffee can actually leave you more tired and drained.

Caffeine vs Bright Light Therapy

Instead of consuming caffeine to stay alert and focused, why not reset your biological functions so you wake up feeling motivated and energetic every morning? Believe it or not, there are people in the world who don’t have to drink coffee or tea to start their day on a high-energy note. With a restful night of sleep, where you stay asleep for 7 to 9 hours, you can achieve the same results. 

That’s where bright light therapy or sunlight therapy comes in.  It works in two ways.

  1.  It helps you manage your body’s circadian rhythms, so you experience deep, restorative sleep every night. 
  2. Light therapy not only corrects your sleep patterns but has also shown to increase energy levels and boost serotonin production in the body. Serotonin is often referred to as the “happy hormone” because it regulates your mood to make you feel happier and less depressed.   

How to Wake Up Refreshed Without Coffee

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When the internal biological clock or circadian rhythm in your body is misaligned to the natural patterns of darkness and light, you may experience issues like poor sleep, stress, insomnia, depression, fatigue, and even skin problems. 

Light therapy can be as simple as spending time under the intense sunlight. Unfortunately, for people who live in northern latitudes, this can be a challenge during the winter months. Artificial light remains the only option in these cases. 

Artificial light therapy emits an intense, bright light that’s very similar to the natural sunlight, but without the harmful UV. This tricks your brain into thinking that you are actually outdoors and under the sun. As a result, your body’s circadian rhythms are reset, and all the disorders associated with its misalignment disappear.  Bright light therapy usually results in 3-to-6 hours of wakefulness, so do not use it into the evening because you want to feel sleepy at your regular bedtime.

Benefits of Light Therapy

Issues like winter blues, constant sleepiness, insomnia, delayed sleep phase syndrome, linked to a misaligned internal clock. By undergoing light therapy for sleep disorders, you can improve your energy levels and reduce sleepiness.

Scientists also believe that light therapy helps balance hormones in the body to treat “winter blues” or seasonal depression. 

If you spend most of your workdays indoors with artificial lights and in front of computer screens, it is highly likely that you’re not getting sufficient sunlight. If the weather in your region makes getting regular sunshine a challenge, consider investing in a bright light device like the Feel Bright Light to improve your sleep quality and productivity. 

Need Help With Light Therapy? Call Feel Bright Light Today

If you’ve searched high and low for light therapy treatment, but to no avail, look no further than Feel Bright Light. For over three decades, we’ve pioneered light therapy treatments for people of all ages. Discover the brightness of Feel Bright Light for yourself by visiting our products page or calling us at 207-935-1256.