Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a mood disorder that affects millions of people each years as temperatures drop. Even those who are not diagnosed as having SAD by a mental health professional may experience symptoms including include chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety and cravings for carbohydrates. However, light therapy has been used to treat the 'winter blues' for several decades, providing some hope for those who need to brighten up their days and enjoy a brighter outlook.
The Mayo Clinic explains that treating SAD with light therapy can be traced back to the early 1980s, but it has not officially been approved by the FDA because of a "lack of definitive evidence about its effectiveness in clinical trials."
However, Philips has recently unveiled its goLITE BLUE device designed to improve the mood and even ward off depression. The portable goLITE BLUE device emits gentle rays of light that can be programmed to a timer and used throughout the day to regulate the body's internal clock. The small, lightweight platform that generates a soft light and can be placed easily in any room.
Philips Electronics promises that the goLITE Blu system offers quick relief for the winter blues, low energy and sleep problems - and do it all without drugs. The blue light is essential for maintaining healthy energy levels; in fact, the light blue color is supposed to imitate the color of the sky, and emits gentle light waves of 470nm that have proven to be twice as effective at keeping internal body clocks balanced than other sources of light.Blue light is also used for acne treatments and other skin conditions that may be triggered by an impaired nervous system. (Source: LightTherapy.com)
The goLITE device is available for purchase online for a retail price of $279 and comes with a 30-day satisfaction guarantee.