Nighttime Bedroom Light Exposure Increases Episode Relapses in Bipolar Disorder

Highlights from the International Society for Bipolar Disorders Conference Posters and Presentations, Chicago, June 22-25, 2023

Yuichi Esaki of Okehazama Hospital reported that “Of the 172 participants, 39 (22%) experienced manic or hypomanic episodes (during 2 years of follow up). In the Cox proportional-hazards model, the hazard ratio (HR) for manic/hypomanic episode relapses was significantly higher when the average nighttime illuminance was ?3 lux (n = 71) than when it was <3 lux (n = 101; HR, 2.54; 95% confidence interval (CI), 1.33–4.84)… Keeping the bedroom dark at night may prevent hypomanic and manic episodes.”


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