Red Light Therapy and Sleep

You may remember the days where you could fall asleep within minutes and wake up in the morning feeling well-rested. But for many people, that’s a distant memory. Today, many people are getting the sleep they need. In fact, between 50–70 million American adults suffer from a sleep disorder, making insufficient sleep a global epidemic.

Some of the most prevalent sleeping conditions are sleep apnea, insomnia, and irregular sleeping. These conditions not only affect one’s rest but often come with additional health problems. For example, insomnia doesn’t just lead to daytime fatigue or irritability; it can also lead to other health issues, including depression, anxiety, low immunity, and gastrointestinal symptoms.

For many, finding the cause of their sleep disorder is a long-term process, as they must undergo tests and consult a sleep disorder specialist. And those that are trying at-home treatments often aren’t seeing much progress.

Now, people suffering from lack of sleep don’t need to wait for a doctor’s appointment or prescription to manage their sleep disorder, as at-home light therapy treatments can significantly improve their symptoms. But how?

The Power of Light

We tend to believe we need darkness to sleep, but it’s the light we need in reality. Our brains see the light as a sign of when we need to sleep or be awake. However, modern times have made humans increasingly out of sync with ourselves, particularly because our phones and televisions emit blue light up until the moment we go to bed. This puts our brain out of balance, as it can no longer distinguish between day and night. This is where light therapy plays an important role.

When a person sits in front of the Luna panel for a few minutes per day, the red light emitted helps regulate the body’s sleep cycle by adjusting the circadian rhythm — the biological process all humans have that manages the sleep-wake cycle every 24 hours. It also helps promote cellular balance.

A study performed on Chinese female basketball players found that with light therapy treatment — 30 minutes of light every night for 14 days — the players had improved sleep, performance endurance, and serum melatonin levels.

Of course, you don’t need to be a professional athlete to reap red light therapy's sleep benefits. Understandably, many people are busy and struggle to make time for themselves; however, you can carry on with your day while undergoing red light therapy. While sitting in front of the lightbox, you can read, use your computer, write, talk on the phone — it won’t interrupt your daily tasks.

Creating a daily routine will help you either fall asleep earlier at night or sleep through the morning. We recommend that if you struggle with sleeping, creating boundaries with your technological devices at night will also aid in your light therapy treatment and your overall mental well-being.

Though we’ve come a long way with technology with cell phones, computers, and televisions, we need to be mindful of our bodies. By regulating your sleep cycle with the help of Lunas light therapy, your body’s natural sleep patterns will fall back into place, and sleep disorder symptoms will reduce as your body reverts to its normal state.

Lunas light therapy devices can help you reconnect with yourself once again — after all, quality sleep is essential to our health. If you want to get back to having deep, restful sleep, consider red light therapy!