The SunBox Company Blog

An Invitation to join the Conversation about the SunBox and Light Therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and More

Welcome to The SunBox Company’s blog page on light therapy!

Our company was founded in 1985, and we are the original pioneers of the light box / light therapy industry. The SunBoxes we manufacture here in the U.S.A. are used for bright light therapy, also known as seasonal affective disorder therapy (or SAD therapy). We make the best light therapy units available today! Our SAD lights have been prescribed and recommended by over 3,000 health professionals since 1985 to treat seasonal affective disorder (SAD), the winter blues, depression, and circadian rhythm sleep disorders.

I hope you enjoy our posts. Feel free to leave comments.

Thank you!
Neal Owens, President

Help Fund New Research How Blood Absorbs Light

Did you know that scientists still don’t know how light is absorbed in treating SAD? It’s like knowing we need oxygen to live, but not knowing that our blood is capturing oxygen from the air! We are studying the idea that our blood is also capturing light, which improves our mood and energy. This is a radical idea, but it actually makes good sense. If we can understand how light is absorbed, this will truly open a window into the brain. Since doing novel psychiatric research is not funded by the usual funding sources, we are turning to “crowd-funding” to [More…]

Bright light therapy proves bright idea for treating depressed elderly people.

Exposure to bright light may be just as effective for depressed elderly people as taking antidepressant medication, scientists have found, and the benefits seem to last even after the treatment is discontinued. In the Dutch study, 89 people aged 60 or older with a diagnosis of major depression were given a light box to take home and instructed to sit beside it for an hour each morning over three weeks. For half the group, the light it emitted was bright light, while others were subjected to a dim red light. After three weeks, more of those exposed to the bright [More…]

Spring weather can affect your mood and sleep. Light therapy can help.

After the winter that just wouldn’t quit, spring has finally arrived. People across the country can now put away their snow shovels and rest easy until the end of the year. Or, at least, that’s what everyone hopes. No, there isn’t ice or snow in your local forecast, but there might be problems ahead with the “rest easy” part of your post-winter euphoria. Spring can be a difficult season for sleep and your mood. Even after you’ve dealt with daylight saving time, there are tons of problems that can affect your mood and sleep. “In spring and summer, you’re getting [More…]

Morning light exposure helps you manage your weight.

A surprising new study sheds light on what it could really take to lose weight. Good Housekeeping Reports: We love it when science tells us to do things we actually love doing. Today’s good news: If you normally spend your mornings cooped up in a car or cubicle, go outside and enjoy some fresh air, because new research has found a very strong link between morning light and body mass index (BMI, which is calculated from your weight and height). A Northwestern Medicine study released today has determined that the timing, intensity, and length of your light exposure during the [More…]

Windowless office can affect your sleep & health

A new study demonstrates a strong relationship between workplace daylight exposure and office workers’ sleep and health. Sleep-related impacts include fewer minutes of rest per night. Health-related impacts include reduced activity levels and quality of life. Compared to workers in offices without windows, those with windows in the workplace received 173 percent more white light exposure during work hours and slept an average of 46 minutes more per night. There also was a trend for workers in offices with windows to have more physical activity than those without windows. Workers without windows reported poorer scores than their counterparts on quality [More…]

Depression Caused by Winter Weather and Being Stuck Indoors

Are you experiencing depression caused by winter weather? Are you stuck indoors, unable to experience the joys of sunshine? Winter weather that traps you inside can wear on your spirits and have you depressed in no time. A Health Poll on weather.com asked: Do you tend to feel depressed during dark winter days? 76.3% said YES, . . . I’m definitely in a better mood when the sun is shining. 22.8% said NO, . . . seasonal changes usually don’t affect my mood. An estimated 25 million Americans notice significant changes in mood and behavior as the seasons change. Another [More…]

Get Kids Up Easier with a Dawn Simulator

“Parents know it. Teachers know it. Teenagers are zombies in the morning.” This statement by Michael Smolensky, Ph.D., and Lynne Lamberg, authors of the book, The Body Clock Guide to Better Health, summarizes the battle faced by parents and teachers of adolescents every day. Using a SunBox dawn simulator can help kids wake up easier. School starts early. The problem of waking kids in time for classes, which generally begin between 7 and 8 a.m., is drawing battle lines between parents and their kids around the country. Delayed daily body rhythms, which normally start to occur around the beginning of [More…]

Winter Blues and Weather Getting To You?

If you’re trapped indoors by bad weather and feeling unexplained fatigue, irritability and sadness, you aren’t alone,” states Neal Owens, of The SunBox Company, citing a U.S. Public Health Service report indicating that one in five people feel worse in winter. January through March are the worst months for the winter blues. Owens combats seasonal blahs by sitting for twenty minutes each day in front of his invention, the SunBox, a special lamp that gives off light 10-20 times brighter than regular indoor light. Daily use of special non-UV bright lights like those sold by Owens’ The SunBox Company www.sunbox.com [More…]

Holiday Blues or SAD?

Holiday blues or SAD? Many people feel a little sad around the holidays—loss of a family member, holiday stress, and the hustle and bustle can get you down. For some people the holiday season can be a very difficult time of year. It is a time of sadness and loneliness, a time of self-evaluation and reflecting about the past and a time of anxiety about the future year. But how do you know if what you’re feeling more than just the blues? If you have sad, hopeless, or lonely feelings most of the day, nearly every day, for two or [More…]

SAD Solutions to Lighten Your Mood

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine discovered something interesting after reviewing 20 studies. “We found light therapy is an effective treatment not only for SAD but other types of depression as well,” says study leader Robert Golden, MD, professor and chairman of psychiatry. Dr. Golden and his researchers reviewed studies of people aged 18 to 65 with a diagnosed mood disorder. Participants were grouped into four categories: bright light for SAD, bright light for non-seasonal depression, dawn simulation (simulating early dawn with artificial light at lower levels) for SAD, and bright light with [More…]