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J Affect Disord. 2000 Jan-Mar;57(1-3):55-61.

Bright light improves vitality and alleviates distress in healthy people.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland. timo.partonen@ktl.fi

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The relative shortage of light during the decreasing photoperiod may compromise well-being. Earlier studies suggest that bright-light exposure may be of help to alleviate winter-bound symptoms.

METHODS:

We carried out a field study with exposure to bright light on office employees during winter.

RESULTS:

Repeated bright-light exposure improved vitality and reduced depressive symptoms. The benefit was observed not only in healthy subjects with season-dependent symptoms but also in those not having the seasonal variation.

CONCLUSIONS:

Bright-light exposure during winter appears to be effective at improving the health-related quality of life and alleviating distress in healthy subjects.

CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS:

Administration of bright light is a useful option to improve vitality and mood among subjects working indoors in wintertime. LIMITATIONS OF STUDY: Our field setting used self-reports, not interviews, for the assessment of outcome.

PMID:
10708816
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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