Bright Light Sleep Therapy

Thursday 17th June 2010

Bright light therapy could be used to help traumatised soldiers get a good nights sleep, according to new research. Scientists at the University of Carolina, Columbia, found that soldiers with post traumatic stress disorder were able to sleep easier after undergoing bright light therapy. Researchers also found that soldiers felt less depressed after treatment.

Up to 90% of people living with post traumatic stress disorder are also thought to experience sleep disturbances. Sufferers often report that they feel depressed as a result of their sleep problems. However researchers have found that exposing the eyes to intense bursts of light regularly helped to lessen the occurrence of sleep disturbance episodes in traumatised individuals.

Researchers hope that their findings can be used to help treat thousands of service men and women to get a well deserved restful sleep. The research could also see bright light therapy used more commonly to treat patients with sleep problems.

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