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The objective of this research study is to assess how the implementation of photobiomodulation affects sleep quality, sleep structure, nocturnal physiology, subjective wellness, recovery from stressors, and resultant effects on performance and well-being.

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Photobiomodulation (PBM) is light therapy in both the visible and near-infrared range (non-UV). This light is absorbed through the skin and functions at the cellular level, providing a lowering of inflammation and oxidative stress. By provoking these photochemical changes, previous research indicates that PBM can provide both physical (e.g. pain reduction, strength enhancement) and cognitive benefits (e.g. increased memory extinction, improved cortical oxygen consumption). PBM is effective both preceding and succeeding functional tests, proving its ability to provide a preventative and rehabilitative impact on the functionality of cells and tissues. Metabolic changes to the cerebral cortex and the muscular system combine with anti-inflammatory and protective capabilities to augment recovery from physiological stressors. A plurality of literature reports light therapy given solely to specific body regions. However, partial body treatment may limit the comprehensive and systematic response to PBM treatment. Consequently, recent developments from commercial companies, such as NovoTHOR, have generated a consumer market for whole-body PBM. Yet, the physiological responses to these treatment modalities, as well as their effects on health and well-being is not fully understood. Participants will undergo a four week block of baseline data collection, which involves nightly sleep monitoring, as well as daily, weekly, and monthly surveys and assessments. Following the baseline block, participants will complete a four week intervention block completing 3 PBM sessions per week. PBM sessions will be completed using the NovoThor light bed and will last 20 minutes in duration. Daily, weekly, and monthly monitoring and tasks will continue throughout this block. ;

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NCT number NCT05116605
Study type Interventional
Source West Virginia University
Contact Scott Galster, PhD
Phone 304-293-6276
Email [email protected]
Status Recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date October 25, 2021
Completion date July 2026

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