How light therapy can treat Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome
Delayed sleep-phase syndrome (DSPS, also known as delayed sleep-phase disorder (DSPD) or delayed sleep-phase type (DSPT)) is a disorder of the circadian rhythm, where sufferers wake and sleep out of sync with daytime. Often this results in them falling asleep after midnight and having difficulty waking during the morning.
DSPS is often mis-diagnosed as insomnia, but sufferers actual have little problem sleeping - they simply sleep at the wrong time. Often they will fall asleep and wake without a problem. It is particularly prevalent among teenagers, who see their circadian rhythsm delayed during puberty.
Treatment of DSPS
The primary treatment for DSPS is light therapy, which can be complemented with melatonin. The primary problem with light therapy is compliance - with some patients requiring up to 90 minutes to adjust their circadian rhythm it can be hard to fit the therapy into their routine - particularly as it traditionally requires patients to be sat directly in front of the box for the duration of the treatment.
How the Litebook is changing light therapy
The Litebook Elite makes administering light therapy much quicker and easier than ever before. It is just a fraction of the size of regular lamps, and because the peak wavelengths of the LEDs replicate those of sunlight, usage time is reduced to just 15-30 minutes. It has the advantage of not having to be looked directly into, meaning it can be used at an angle while eating breakfast, reading the newspaper or working at a desk. All of this makes it easier for patients to get the therapy they need, leading to increased compliance.
In terms of ongoing costs, the Litebook works out at considerably cheaper than conventional lamps over its lifespan. Ordinary lamps use bulbs that last for approximately 500 hours, whereas the Litebook's LEDs should last for 100,000 hours – or 11 years of constant use. The Litebook also uses 10% of the amount of electricity of regular lamps. The Litebook also features a 2-year warranty, so you can rest assured that the Litebook is not only built to work, but built to last too. Here at Intus we will be on hand to offer any advise, help or support you need to provide your customers with the best support possible.
If you would like to read some research into how light therapy affects the circadian rhythm, we have compiled some articles below:
What the Litebook means for your clinic:
- Shorter therapy times
- Much convenient size
- No UV radiation
- Greatly reduced running costs
- Increased compliance
- Reduced appointment frequency