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Have You Heard Of Strategic Light Therapy For Parkinson's Disease?

Have You Heard Of Strategic Light Therapy For Parkinson's Disease?

I wonder how many of us are aware of the success that light therapy is showing in the treatment of PD? It seems to me that, on the whole, this is not yet common knowledge. Here are some background science papers [just copy-paste the title into google and it should come up with the links to them]:
Timed Light Therapy for Sleep and Daytime Sleepiness Associated With Parkinson Disease
A Randomized Clinical Trial
Circadian dysregulation in Parkinson's… read more

A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

so far i have not had any sleep problems, but i do get awfully tired sometimes.
about that lamp i do have one but got it from my Dr for depression and it was because we dont see the sun mch in the winter and by useing it everyday it was suposed to help .

posted over 1 year ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

I am just completing bright light therapy for PD at Mass general. I have seen improvement.
The full spectrum lights (seasonal affective disorder ) lights work well also.

posted 9 months ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

I believe I am sleeping better and through the night since installing this Flux program on my computer that adjust the monitor light. I do not know the scientific reason for it. I think it is supposed to help with eye strain and circadian rhythms . I bring it up here so you can see if this adds any positive influence for PD patients that are on the computer. https://justgetflux.com/

I do still take naps during the day, but I also sleep at night. I do still have occasional jittery nights where I just cannot fall asleep until 4 AM or so. But i believe all and all I am sleeping better.

posted over 1 year ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

I found that I have to search specific words in this original question/comment.
First Word "Circadian dysregulation"
I found this page interesting. It is not PD specific, but has information on what is being researched in general.

And this about PD associated Circadian dysregulation. This is heavy reading.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/p...

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/disease/circadian-d...

edited, originally posted almost 2 years ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

I was determined not to take meds to improve my sleep. This morning when I woke up, while still laying in bed, I turned on my full spectrum light while doing my stretches. Within 20 minutes I am feeling more alert. I do think the light I used in the clinical trial (which was the red light) in combination was the most effective for improving my sleep. Talk to your health care provided.

posted 9 months ago
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