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Light Therapy for The Midnight Munchies

01 Dec 2015

Did you know that people with Night Eating Syndrome (NES) consume 25per cent or more of their daily calories after the evening meal and may also wake in the middle of the night for food?

Sound like you? Help is at hand.

Night Eating Syndrome is linked to body clock disturbances and light therapy, using the daylight simulating lamps used to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), have been found to reduce the urge of those with NES to binge eat after dark.

In a trial, patients had an hour of early morning light therapy for 13 days. After the therapy, significant reductions were found in night eating symptoms, low mood and sleep disturbance.

The SAD lightboxes prescribed for the “Winter Blues” used to be universally big and cumbersome. But now you can find small and efficient portable lamps that you can take to work and use as you sit at the computer or keep in the kitchen at home.

I particularly recommend the medically-approved SAD light pictured here. LifemaxA slider switch adjusts the light power from low to full brightness. The light colour temperature is rated at 6,300K and the brightness is 10,000 lux at 2 inches or 2,500 lux at 6 inches on full power. It has a built in adjustable angle stand or the light can be wall mounted. You can buy it free of VAT .

Another simple option is to install Daylight Biobulbs around the house. these longlife mood lifters give the closest replication of natural sunlight and are ideal for mild SAD and Night Eating Syndrome.

You can see all my recommended SAD lightboxes on the AllergyBestbuys website and the BioBulbs here.

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