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Solarium instead of Light Therapy?

Question by Guest | 06/01/2015 at 17:14

I am not directly troubled with a real depression, but only with a so-called depressive mood. My doctor has advised me to perform a phototherapy (light therapy) because my displeasure may be attributable to the dark season of the year.

Now I wonder whether I could just rather go to the tanning saloon instead of doing this therapy. The tanning shop would also have the advantage that my skin goes browner. Can the tanning shop replace the classic light therapy?

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As far as I know, a serious light therapy can not just be replaced by the tanning saloon. For the light therapy it is important that the light is light and has a natural and balanced light spectrum. That means that the distribution of the wavelengths of the therapy light should correspond to the natural light as much as possible.

And unfortunately, this is not the case with the solarium light. In my opinion, a simply walk at broad daylight is a bad idea than any tanning bed.

At a luminosity of at least 2500 lux the melatonin production should be stimulated. This is supposed to help against the typical autumn-winter depression. Melatonin namely controls the day-night rhythm of the human body which can be quickly get confused when there is too less daylight.
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