If winter’s lingering state of gloom has you down in the dumps, you could be prone to seasonal affective disorder. The most effective way to nip it in the bud? Light therapy (also known as “phototherapy”) for the months when sunshine is in short supply. For folks who prefer the do-it-yourself route, there’s YumaLite, an LED-equipped “visor” that claims to alleviate the symptoms of those pesky winter blues, which can lead to overeating, oversleeping, lethargy, and a general malaise. Unlike light boxes, which can cost up to $600 and force you to be stationary, the $99 head-mounted device accommodates a wide range of motion. Sure, it looks goofy—make that really goofy—but if wearing the YumaLite for minutes a day leads to a cheerier disposition, who are we to argue?
The obligatory cheesy infomercial.
There’s a reason why SAD rears its head only in winter. The reduced level of sunlight disrupts can disrupt our body’s internal clock and trigger the excessive production of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep patterns and mood. Coupled with a drop in serotonin, another brain chemical that affects mood, and conditions become ripe for depressive symptoms.
Made from lightweight, recyclable materials, the YumaLite is designed to perch comfortably on your head.
Made from lightweight, recyclable materials, the YumaLite is designed to perch comfortably on your head. Light mode options include red or white LEDs, although it doesn’t matter which one you choose since they’ve been shown to be equally effective. A tilting mechanism allows you to adjust the angle of the light, while the adjustable mount allows a custom fit even if you’re wearing eyeglasses.
Donning the YumaLite for 30 minutes a day is enough to produce results in as little as week, according to the company. Just be sure to take it off before you head out the door—we guarantee it will draw stares.
[Via Discovery News]