Abstract

The circadian system in humans encompasses all organs, tissues and cells. Coordination of central and peripheral clocks and synchronization of cellular clocks within the brain regulate daily phases, neurophysiology and behavior. The mechanism of action of the circadian system is complex, but is centered on the paired structure of the suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN) that serves as a pacemaker in humans. Light adjusts the phase of the SCN oscillator to the environmental light-dark cycle. Light therapy has been developed for clinical use and many apparatus and parameters have been extensively studied. Bright light therapy is the treatment of choice for seasonal affective disorder and circadian rhythm sleep disorders. Cumulative studies support the efficacy of light therapy for some clinical conditions which are characterized by seasonality or disrupted circadian rhythms. The benefit of light therapy is significant and warrants further clinical studies to optimize the treatment effect.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntelligent Systems, Control and Automation
Subtitle of host publicationScience and Engineering
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Pages137-164
Number of pages28
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2012

Publication series

NameIntelligent Systems, Control and Automation: Science and Engineering
Volume64
ISSN (Print)2213-8986
ISSN (Electronic)2213-8994

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Sleep
Therapy
Disorder
Circadian Rhythm
Nucleus
Seasonality
Clocks
Treatment Effects
Neurophysiology
Efficacy
Pacemakers
Synchronization
Optimise
Cycle
Brain
Cell
Tissue
Human

Keywords

  • Antidepressant effect
  • Bright light therapy
  • Circadian rhythm
  • Depression
  • Seasonal affective disorder
  • Suprachiasmatic nucleus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Control and Optimization

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Mao, W. C., Lee, H. C., & Chen, H. C. (2012). Management of Sleep Disorders: Light Therapy. In Intelligent Systems, Control and Automation: Science and Engineering (pp. 137-164). (Intelligent Systems, Control and Automation: Science and Engineering; Vol. 64). Springer Netherlands. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-5470-6_8

Management of Sleep Disorders : Light Therapy. / Mao, Wei Chung; Lee, Hsin Chien; Chen, Hsi Chung.

Intelligent Systems, Control and Automation: Science and Engineering. Springer Netherlands, 2012. p. 137-164 (Intelligent Systems, Control and Automation: Science and Engineering; Vol. 64).

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Mao, WC, Lee, HC & Chen, HC 2012, Management of Sleep Disorders: Light Therapy. in Intelligent Systems, Control and Automation: Science and Engineering. Intelligent Systems, Control and Automation: Science and Engineering, vol. 64, Springer Netherlands, pp. 137-164. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-5470-6_8
Mao WC, Lee HC, Chen HC. Management of Sleep Disorders: Light Therapy. In Intelligent Systems, Control and Automation: Science and Engineering. Springer Netherlands. 2012. p. 137-164. (Intelligent Systems, Control and Automation: Science and Engineering). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-5470-6_8
Mao, Wei Chung ; Lee, Hsin Chien ; Chen, Hsi Chung. / Management of Sleep Disorders : Light Therapy. Intelligent Systems, Control and Automation: Science and Engineering. Springer Netherlands, 2012. pp. 137-164 (Intelligent Systems, Control and Automation: Science and Engineering).
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