Light Channelled to Brain through Ear Canal: The Valkee is Here!
When ever I go to Sweden to visit my family, I try and keep an eye out for new thinking, therapies, products that fight the winterblues. After all Scandinavia gets pretty dark during the wintermonths although the snow lights up the landscape somewhat many people struggle with SAD/Winter blues. So I was not surprised to read about the Valkee from Finland. Like most useful products, it came about because it filled a need that wasn’t being covered as effectively by other products/companies out there. It all started when Antti Aunio asked his childhood friend Juuso Nissilä if he had any tips on how to improve his mood during the winter months and he replied: “You don’t need bright light in your house. You need to light up your brain – that’s where your mood lives”. I know, it might sound as surreal as the Moomins that we have a collection of moods that live in our brain, a small mood collective but it is true.
The Valkee is a new light therapy product, also referred to a light headphones, that channels light through the ear canal to photosensitive regions in the brain. It has been tested by the Swedish University Uleaborg to see how effective it would be in the treatment of SAD (seasonal affective disorder) and the results have been incredibly positive. According to the company Valkee when you use the light headphones you only need to use them 6-12 minutes a day because the light doesn’t have as far to travel in comparasion with regular light therapy. This will be top on my next birthday/Christmas wishlist! Here is a link to some reviews on the company’s website. Check also out evidence: 92% of SAD/winter blues sufferers that tested the product experienced total symptom relief when used daily for 8-12 minutes.
The Valkee doesn’t just treat SAD and Winterblues. Valkee increases energy, and can act as a preventative or treatment of mood swings, reduce the need for excess sleep and help regulate the circadian rythm. It can also be beneficial for PMT/PMS symptoms. They are also planning to test the effectiveness of using the valkee in treating anxiety.
The Valkee is a product of the 21st century. It works, it fits into any lifestyle,it’s portable and it’s damn sexy. AND Valkee has CE Class II(a) medical device certification and has been clinically tested.
“I have been testing this in many ways. I tried going without Valkee for 5 days to see if there was a difference. I got immediately the migraine and restless legs back! I will not leave my Valkee anymore! THANKS! ” -Feedback email to Valkee, Female 30 years
I wonder what it could do to improve the symptoms of Narcolepsy? If you have one and have tried it please leave a comment to let me know how you got on!