Sleep Med Psychophysiol.  2008 Jun;15(1):12-16.

Clinical Applications of Light Therapy for Sleep Disorders

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  • 1Nanum Psychiatric Clinic, Seoul, Korea. changhos@gmail.com

Abstract

Light therapy (also called light treatment or phototherapy) involves scheduled exposure to bright artificial light. Evidence-based treatments for sleep disorders especially for circadian rhythm sleep disorders include light therapy and pharmacotherapy. In clinical practice, many of patients with sleep problems tend to impair circadian rhythmicity. Considering that light is the most potent entraining agent of circadian rhythm, careful use of light therapy can be recommended for patients with several kinds of sleep disorders. I briefly review the possible therapeutic mechanisms and clinical applications of light therapy, focusing on circadian sleep disorders.

Keyword

Light therapy; Sleep disorders; Circadian rhythm

MeSH Terms

Circadian Rhythm
Humans
Light
Phototherapy
Sleep Wake Disorders
Sleep Wake Disorders, Circadian Rhythm
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