Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Banish the darkness


I live in a place that gets plenty of winter darkness. The effect on many people is predictable: less energy, craving for carbohydrates and increased depression.

Litebook is an Alberta firm (www.litebook.com) that makes a product that I think is terrific: a portable and efficient light source that gives our brains the impression that we are outside in the sun.

This is a product that has been well thought through. I find mine to be very helpful. It has applications in lower latitudes as well, for shift workers, jet lag, and -- wouldn't THIS be a miracle -- teenagers whose sleep patterns are out of sync with the real world.

Check it out. At $200, this is not cheap. But overcoming the effects of darkness is worth spending money on.

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