NorthStar 1000 Light Therapy Box
When used correctly, a light therapy box is one way to help alleviate symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), the winter blues.
Possible Side Effects
The guidelines outlined here are applicable for SAD, the winter blues, and supporting general well-being. If you suffer from a mood disorder such as depression, are on prescription medications that react with sunlight, such as certain antibiotics or anti-inflammatories, your skin is sensitive to light, you have a history of eye conditions or you are under medical care for any reason, please consult your health professional before using. Although negative side effects are uncommon, light therapy may cause irritability, headaches, sleep disturbances and/or insomnia. Discontinue use if you experience any negative side effects.
Begin with 15-minute sessions and adjust to your needs to alleviate your symptoms, up to 30 minutes. You will sit approximately 24 to 40 inches away from the light. Reading, using a laptop, doing homework, etc., in front of the light is a great way to get the full effect.
Therapy Length & Distance Recommendation
In your first few sessions, sit approximately 40 inches from the light (2,500 Lux) for 15 minutes. After a few sessions, move closer to the light, until you are approximately 24 inches (10,000 Lux brightness range) and increase the time spent under the light to 30 minutes.
DO NOT STARE DIRECTLY INTO THE LIGHT. Discontinue use if you experience any negative side effects.
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