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Would sleeping with the lights on help my winter depression?

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Samuel Miles
Psychiatry
5 doctors agree

In brief: No

Light therapy can be helpful for seasonal depression.
It involves using bright lights at specific times of the day, with ones eyes open.

In brief: No

Light therapy can be helpful for seasonal depression.
It involves using bright lights at specific times of the day, with ones eyes open.
Dr. Samuel Miles
Dr. Samuel Miles
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Dr. Robert Stewart
I agree. Therapeutic light is much more intense than room light and includes specific wavelengths -- for example, Phillips goLITE BLU light therapy device.
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

You may actually sleep worse which could worsen depression.
There are specific lights sold that address seasonal affective disorder (sad) that can be used during daylight hours.

In brief: No

You may actually sleep worse which could worsen depression.
There are specific lights sold that address seasonal affective disorder (sad) that can be used during daylight hours.
Dr. Barbara Srur
Dr. Barbara Srur
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Dr. Charles Coleman
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine

In brief: No, but...

Sleeping with the lights on won't help.
Bright light (i.e., sunlight-level) exposure for 20-30 minutes in the morning, however, just might.

In brief: No, but...

Sleeping with the lights on won't help.
Bright light (i.e., sunlight-level) exposure for 20-30 minutes in the morning, however, just might.
Dr. Charles Coleman
Dr. Charles Coleman
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