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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?

So tell us, is the YumaLite haute or not?

  • 13 Votes HELL NO! It's silly-looking. I have standards.
  • 93 Votes HELL YES! Seasonal depression could use all the help it can get.

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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.

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[Via Discovery News]

3 Responses to “YumaLite’s LED “Visor” Uses Light Therapy to Banish Winter Blues”

  1. indreba says:

    I wonder what type of light they actually produce though – is it real UV light? If not it’s a very expensive gimmick.. it HAS to be UV light.. it just says LED.. that’s not really the same thing

  2. joyrenee says:

    The only visor that has been tested to work on SAD in a clinical trial is this one:
    Feel Bright Light (visor)
    http://www.sunbox.com/products/feelbrightlight.html

    The latest in light visor convenience! The ultra-bright has two settings–8,000 and 12,000 lux. Feel Bright Light (FBL) attaches to the visor it comes with, or your own visor or hat. Conveniently select your light intensity setting at the push of a button and move about freely while getting your dose of bright light for the day. The FBL uses long lasting blue-green LED bulbs which produce no UV. The FBL shuts off automatically after 30 minutes and the lithium polymer battery can be used for up to 3 treatments before it requires recharging. Charger should last for 8,000 recharges.

    Purchase includes: Feel Bright Light, Charger, Carrying Case, Visor, and Dual Lock attachment for the visor or hat of your choice (or the visor included).

  3. naturebright says:

    Indreba,
    Just go for a light box. They are not $600 like this article claims and they really do work, without wearing it on your head. It can take as little as 30 minutes a day to get rid of SAD just by using it at breakfast time.
    The light also contains no UV rays. You don’t need to wear goggles or glasses or a funny headpiece.
    Go to http://www.naturebright.com for more information and products.

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