In relation to human health and functioning, light, or more specifically optical radiation, plays many roles, beyond allowing vision. These may be summarized as: regulation of circadian rhythms; consequences of direct exposure to the skin; and more indirect effects on well-being and functioning, also related to lifestyle and contact with natural and urban environments. Impact on mental health is relevant for any of these specifications and supports a clinical use of this knowledge for the treatment of psychiatric conditions, such as depression or anxiety, somatic symptom disor-der, and others, with reference to light therapy in particular. The scope of this narrative review is to provide a summary of recent findings and evidence on the regulating functions of light on human beings’ biology, with a specific focus on mental health, its prevention and care.

“Shedding Light on Light”: A Review on the Effects on Mental Health of Exposure to Optical Radiation / Bertani, Davide Elia; De Novellis, Antonella Maria Pia; Farina, Riccardo; Latella, Emanuela; Meloni, Matteo; Scala, Carmela; Valeo, Laura; Galeazzi, Gian Maria; Ferrari, Silvia. - In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH. - ISSN 1660-4601. - 18:4(2021), pp. 1670-1670. [10.3390/ijerph18041670]

“Shedding Light on Light”: A Review on the Effects on Mental Health of Exposure to Optical Radiation

Bertani, Davide Elia;De Novellis, Antonella Maria Pia;Farina, Riccardo;Latella, Emanuela;Meloni, Matteo;Scala, Carmela;Valeo, Laura;Galeazzi, Gian Maria;Ferrari, Silvia
2021-01-01

Abstract

In relation to human health and functioning, light, or more specifically optical radiation, plays many roles, beyond allowing vision. These may be summarized as: regulation of circadian rhythms; consequences of direct exposure to the skin; and more indirect effects on well-being and functioning, also related to lifestyle and contact with natural and urban environments. Impact on mental health is relevant for any of these specifications and supports a clinical use of this knowledge for the treatment of psychiatric conditions, such as depression or anxiety, somatic symptom disor-der, and others, with reference to light therapy in particular. The scope of this narrative review is to provide a summary of recent findings and evidence on the regulating functions of light on human beings’ biology, with a specific focus on mental health, its prevention and care.
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“Shedding Light on Light”: A Review on the Effects on Mental Health of Exposure to Optical Radiation / Bertani, Davide Elia; De Novellis, Antonella Maria Pia; Farina, Riccardo; Latella, Emanuela; Meloni, Matteo; Scala, Carmela; Valeo, Laura; Galeazzi, Gian Maria; Ferrari, Silvia. - In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH. - ISSN 1660-4601. - 18:4(2021), pp. 1670-1670. [10.3390/ijerph18041670]
Bertani, Davide Elia; De Novellis, Antonella Maria Pia; Farina, Riccardo; Latella, Emanuela; Meloni, Matteo; Scala, Carmela; Valeo, Laura; Galeazzi, Gian Maria; Ferrari, Silvia
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