People most commonly use sun lamps to treat a form of depression called seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or to help their body make vitamin D.
Doctors sometimes refer to the use of a sun lamp as light therapy.
SAD is a type of depression that tends to happen in the late fall and winter. Most people who experience it find that it either goes away or is less severe in spring and summer.
People with vitamin D deficiency may also use a sun lamp. Vitamin D helps the nervous system, muscles, and immune system work properly. Sometimes, people also use sun lamps to help with sleep disorders or depression.
Misconceptions about sun lamp uses
It’s important to note that sun lamps for tanning and those used to treat skin disorders are not the same as those used for SAD and the other conditions.
Sun lamps used for SAD filter out most or all ultraviolet (UV) light. Using the wrong type of lamp could damage your eyes and cause other side effects.
The type of sun lamps used to treat SAD will not give you a tan or increase your vitamin D levels.
Functions Of A Sunlight Protector
- Enhanced Mood
Sunlight lamps can be a noninvasive, nonchemical method to treating a variety of mood disorders. The exposure to the light stops your body from releasing melatonin, which might enhance your mood and give you more energy so that you can function more effectively in your day-to-day life.
- Improved Skin Condition
Light therapy has been proven to be an effective treatment for skin disease such as psoriasis or eczema. Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition in which your skin cells shed too quickly, leaving you with raised, thick, scaly lesions on the surface of your skin. Phototherapy may also be recommended for some types of eczema, an inflammation of the skin that can be caused by allergies, contact with irritants or unknown factors.
- Lowered Risk of Neurological Damage
Some types of neurological damage may be slowed or prevented through the use of artificial sunlight lamps. People with Parkinson's disease may benefit from phototherapy. Babies who are born prematurely may gain the most from light therapy, as light helps decrease high bilirubin levels that are not uncommon with preemies.