How Bright Light Therapy Helps with Low Mood, Sleep Problems and Jet Lag
By Daniel F. Kripke, M.D.
Last Revised November 2019
About Dr. Kripke
Before retiring, Daniel F. Kripke, M.D. was a licensed physician. He has been certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is an emeritus professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Kripke was elected a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. In 1973, Dr. Kripke established one of the first sleep clinics in the United States at the San Diego VA Medical Center. Dr. Kripke has also been associated with the Scripps Clinic Viterbi Family Sleep Center, La Jolla, California. In 1981, Dr. Kripke published the first controlled clinical trial of bright light treatment. For almost 40 years, Dr. Kripke has been doing research on light treatment and treating patients with light. Dr. Kripke has co-authored hundreds of medical articles and has given invited lectures in 18 countries.
Dr. Kripke has now retired from practice and no longer consults with patients. Please do not contact Dr. Kripke for personal medical advice. A physician should not give personal advice to a patient the physician does not know, and the California Medical Board considers it unethical to provide mail or email medical advice to people who have not been examined. Treatment of depression is best obtained from a nearby psychiatrist. Patients with delayed sleep phase disorder or advanced sleep phase disorder might find help at a sleep center such as the Scripps Clinic Viterbi Family Sleep Center in La Jolla, California.
If you have a sleep problem, you might also be interested in reading Dr. Kripke’s other ebook at www.DarkSideOfSleepingPills.com Some of this material is repeated in both books.
Acknowledgment: I have been fortunate that my research has been supported for over 35 years, mainly by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Veterans Affairs. For two years, I did sleep research as a US Air Force medical officer, and later, agencies of the U.S. Army and Navy supported work of my laboratory. The Department of Psychiatry, the Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging, and the Center for Chronobiology of the University of California, San Diego have also supported my research, as has the Weingart Foundation and the American Cancer Society. Recently, the Scripps Clinic Viterbi Family Sleep Center has been supporting some of my research, particularly the recent studies of risks associated with hypnotics, assisted by the help of generous gifts from private donors. Makers of wrist activity monitors, especially Ambulatory Monitoring, Inc. (the manufacturer of the Actillume and other actigraphs) and Minimitter-Respironics (makers of actigraphs, now part of Philips) have supported our research. Manufacturers of bright light treatment devices have supported our clinical research, especially The Sunbox Company, Apollo Health (now part of Philips), and Enviro-Med, partly through joint research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health. It is important that readers understand for whom an author has worked. Dr. Kripke and his family have no financial interest in any of the companies or products mentioned or in any commercial web site. Being supported largely by public funds, I have been able to speak out for public interests. I appreciate this opportunity, and have personally funded this nonprofit web site. - DFK
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