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Monitoring of the effects of Blue Light Therapy on people with depressive disorders

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000249329D
Publication Date: 2017-Feb-16
Document File: 2 page(s) / 243K

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Abstract

This document looks at a system that can calculate the optimal time required for a person to use Blue Light Therapy, so the Blue Light Therapy is effective for them, but they are not wasting time by staying in front of their light box when it is unnecessary. The system does this by monitoring their depression levels using wearable technology, and using these reading to automatically adjust the time and lux intensity of the light box, until the optimal time is found, based on improvements in the user’s depression levels.

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Monitoring of the effects of Blue Light Therapy on people with depressive disorders

Disclosed is an idea for a system which uses wearable technology to track the effects Blue Light Therapy is having on a person with depression, in order to calculate the minimum amount of time required to use the Blue Light Therapy, while still being effective. Background:

Research has shown that Blue Light Therapy is effective in treating many health disorders, including Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and more recently for depression, bipolar disorder and delayed sleep phase [1].In the most common form of light therapy, a person is exposed to a certain type of blue light from a light box or phototherapy lamp, which sends illumination to the retina of the eye, and which blocks harmful ultraviolet light. The person is exposed to this light for periods up to 1 1/2 hours a day.

However, it can be difficult for people to find this amount of time on a daily basis – so what is required is a method that can work out the minimum amount of time that is required, on a per person basis, so that a person is not wasting time unnecessarily, but is still getting the full effects of the Blue Light Therapy. How the System Works:

The system uses existing wearable technologies to measure a user’s mood and depression levels, for example Emotiv [2].

The user’s initial levels are read before they start the Blue Light Therapy. The system connects to existing blue light box technologies [3], which can be

automatically turned on or off, or the intensity adjusted, by the system. The system starts the user’...