Beat the winter blues with a light therapy lamp from CBRL!
CBRL has a small collection of light therapy lamps available to borrow.
Lamps can be placed on hold and delivered to the library location of your choice for you to take home. You may borrow the lamp for one week.
What is a Light Therapy Lamp?
According to MayoClinic,
“Light therapy is a way to treat seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and certain other conditions by exposure to artificial light. SAD is a type of depression that occurs at a certain time each year, usually in the fall or winter.
During light therapy, you sit or work near a device called a light therapy box (or lamp). The box gives off bright light that mimics natural outdoor light.
Light therapy is thought to affect brain chemicals linked to mood and sleep, easing SAD symptoms. Using a light therapy box may also help with other types of depression, sleep disorders and other conditions.”
How to use the lamp
- Turn on the lamp and allow a few minutes for bulb to achieve full brightness.
- Sit about 6-24″ away from the lamp, with the lamp positioned slightly off centre.
- Keep your eyes open, but DO NOT look directly at the light. Avoid wearing sunglasses, tinted glasses, or a hat with a visor as they block the good light. Clear glasses are fine.
- Use it any time of day. Morning and mid-afternoon are ideal times, but NOT within 4 hours before bedtime, which can affect your ability to get a good sleep.
- More information from Happy Light manufacturer