Beam some light into your brain!

Valkee Bright Light Headset

Do you suffer from SAD, or seasonal affective disorder? This may be the answer to your winter blues and need for sunlight during those cold dark winter months. Valkee, a Finnish company, has developed a device that could very easily be mistaken for an MP3 player. In actual fact it’s a device that is supposed to help alleviate symptoms of depression by the use of light.

Studies have shown that certain areas of the brain react the light differently and can help in the creation of important depression fighting chemicals such as Serotonin, also known as the Happiness chromosome. Surprisingly your eyes are not the easiest way of getting light into your brain, it’s through your ears!

In your ear canal, the skull at some points is at its thinnest  for light to be able to shine through. Therefore Valkee has developed “ear-phones” that emit strong light into your ears which will penetrate into your brain and hopefully make you feel happy.

The device is currently under going heavy research at the university of Oulu for it’s effects on SAD, and other mood or depression related conditions. In recent clinical trials people with severe depression were treated with the Valkee device for 8-12 minutes a day. Within four weeks 9 out of 10 patients experienced total relief from their symptoms.

It’s not a guaranteed way to cure you from depression (is anything?) but it’s an interesting way of trying to solve the problem. If you’re thinking you need some light therapy in your ears, you can get your own Valkee Bright Light Headset for €185.00 on their website.

4 Responses to “Beam some light into your brain!”
  1. maithaahmed says:

    I think I definitely need to get one (or two) of these! Good post Kenny.

  2. Hall Pass says:

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