The clocks went back last week. For some it brought brighter mornings and the promise of crisp, winter weather. For others it’s the beginning of four months of utter misery; an entire season where every morning’s a struggle to escape from the cosy cocoon of their beds.
You’re not alone if you’re in the latter camp. SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) hits an estimated 10% of the population in varying degrees. Some feel a familiar seasonal sluggishness while others may be disabled by the condition, exhibiting all the symptoms of major depression during the winter months.
The Seasonal Affective Disorder Association says that 85% of sufferers respond to a very simple treatment though; light therapy. When exposed to a strong light source (about ten times the luminosity of domestic lights), for a couple of hours a day, many people with SAD find the symptoms subside.
And, wouldn’t you know, there’s a gadget for that. Lumie have a long history in the manufacture of light boxes for SAD treatment. They also produce visors that can be worn while working or at the office. From just £160, Lumie’s battery powered range of visors direct between 1,000 and 3,000 lux of therapeutic light directly into your eyes – resetting the wearer’s body clock and chasing away the winter blues.
I haven’t tried one… yet. The visors look a little bit too Star Trek for me – and I can imagine getting a few funny looks if I took one into the office. But I do use a Lumie Brightspark. That’s a desktop light box, ideal for use while you’re sitting at a computer. And, most mornings, I leap out of bed eager to start work. Unfortunately, that also includes weekends…