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Indoor Sunshine® and Vision, Depression & Sleep

Blue wavelengths in Indoor Sunshine® are designed to activate the newly discovered cells in the eyes called ipRGC (intrinsically photosensitive Retinal Ganglion Cells). The result: better visual acuity and often increased independence for seniors. Blue wavelengths raise serotonin levels so we’re more alert during the day and sleep better at night. “Melatonin, the neurotransmitter that … Read more

Indoor Sunshine® & autism, ADD/ADHD, & schools

Temple Grandin, PhD, world autistic spokesperson, uses Indoor Sunshine®. Her telephone response to Sunshine Science’s CEO Linaya Hahn was, “I tried them. I like them.  I recommend them.” She would like to have research done with Indoor Sunshine® and individuals with autism. We would, too! And will! Parents Report: Autism Symptoms Reduced by Indoor Sunshine® … Read more

Indoor Sunshine® and the Immune System

Study participants showed a 22-79% increase in white blood cells in 30 days with five 30 wt Indoor Sunshine® lights, suggesting a smarter immune system. They put the lights where they wanted and used them when they wanted. Pets and plants reacted positively, too. Study participant’s comments: Not so tired and more energized Eyes more … Read more

Ultraviolet A & B Benefits

In his book Light: Medicine of the Future, Jacob Liberman, OD, PhD, documents ten benefits of ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B (UV-A and UV-B). The following points are a synopsis of his research.   UV light activates the synthesis of vitamin D, which is a prerequisite for the absorption of calcium and other minerals from … Read more

Use of Bright Lighting in Senior Care Facilities Associated with Some Improvement in Dementia Symptoms

The use of daytime bright lighting to improve the circadian rhythm of elderly persons was associated with modest improvement in symptoms of dementia, and the addition of the use of melatonin resulted in improved sleep. “In elderly patients with dementia, cognitive decline is frequently accompanied by disturbances of mood, behavior, sleep, and activities of daily … Read more

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Bright Light plus Melatonin in Elderly Patients with Dementia

An inexpensive combination treatment has modest positive effects. Many patients with dementia have disturbed sleep–wake cycles along with deteriorating cognition, mood, and behavioral organization. These researchers investigated the effects of bright light and melatonin, two major synchronizers of the circadian pacemaker, in 189 residents of 12 Dutch assisted-care facilities. Facilities were randomized to provide daytime … Read more

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Sunny Hospital Rooms Expedite Recovery from Severe & Refractory Depressions.

Bright light therapy is an effective treatment for seasonal affective disorder, an uncommon condition marked by mild winter depression. Bright lights have been used as adjuncts in the pharmacological treatment of other types of depressive illness. The rooms in our psychiatric inpatient unit are so placed that half are bright and sunny and the rest … Read more

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A Seasonal Pattern of Hospital Medication Errors in Alaska

Specific behavioral consequences of seasonal affective disorder have not been closely examined. Length of daylight is evaluated in relation to medication errors in a medical center located in the far north. Factors such as numbers of patient admissions, discharges, and deaths were controlled with data collected in Anchorage, Alaska, over 5 consecutive years, 1985-89. These … Read more

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Pediatric Seasonal Affective Disorder

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of light therapy for the treatment of pediatric seasonal affective disorder (SAD). METHOD: 28 children (aged 7 to 17 years) at two geographically distinct sites were enrolled in a double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover trial of bright-light treatment. Subjects initially entered a week-long baseline period during which they wore dark glasses for … Read more

ipRGC, the Newfound Eye Cells that Sense Night Day

The eye’s retina contains light receptors known as cones and rods. These receptors receive light, convert it to chemical energy, and activate the nerves that send messages to the brain. They were thought to be the only photoreceptors in the retina. “When we began to do our work, we knew there might have been a … Read more