A Review of Circadian Rhythm and Its far-Reaching Effects in Mental Health from the New York Times
It’s easy to forget the effect of a circadian rhythm that is ‘out of whack’ unless it is explained periodically.
Why Getting Bright Light is Important for People in College
As a college student, I can attest that it is very difficult to juggle academics, social life, and extracurricular activities. Many students such as myself stress under this weight and try to manage their schedules by sacrificing sleep and skipping exercise.
Outdoor Living: The Best Way to Set your Body’s Clock!
The latest study from Professor Kenneth Wright in Colorado suggests that if we want to correct our jet lagged selves from daily sluggishness, we should go camping for a week. The natural light made people go to sleep an average of two hours earlier and wake up with the dawn.
Don’t Let the Winter Blues Get You Down: How to Cope with Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Set Your Clocks Back! And Get Some morning Light.
A surprising new study has just emerged from Denmark in time to make us just a little more vigilant about depression over the next few weeks. The researchers found a rise in the number of hospital admissions for depression following the shift from daylight savings time to standard time.
The Coming of the Dark Season
The bleak darkness sneaks up on us here in the East. The last beautiful Fall days seem like they’re going to last forever but suddenly just when it’s too gorgeous for words, you notice that the darkness is here at 5 PM. And getting up in the morning is none too cheerful either.
Triple-Threat Antidepressant: A Morning Walk with a Friend
Quick quiz: what are the three most powerful ways to adjust our daily lives to reduce depression?
Answer: Get morning bright light, exercise, and stay connected with friends and family.
How to Treat Depression Without Medication
Many people turn up in our offices wishing that they didn’t have to go on meds but suspecting that they will have to. By the time they decide to see us, they have already spent several weeks feeling hopeless and sleep-deprived, and they’ve lost their normal enjoyment in every day life.
SunSprite and 4 Other Unexpected Solar-Powered Gadgets
SunSprite is the first solar-powered wearable device. So when you’re getting the light you need, your SunSprite is getting the light it needs to charge up.
Here are four other gadgets—from camping equipment to stylish bookbags—that are sure to recharge your life (and not let that glorious sunlight go to waste).
GoodLux Technology Announces Partnership with The SunBox Company
Boston, Mass., April 28, 2015 – GoodLux Technology, the provider of the SunSprite light therapy engagement solution for the treatment of depression, and The SunBox Company, a manufacturer of white light therapy lamps, announced today a co-marketing partnership providing patients and providers with the SunSprite/SunBox bundle. The bundle, consisting of the SunSprite light monitor and any SunBox product provides a one-stop solution for patients using bright light therapy for depression, winter blues or SAD.
GoodLux Announces Android App for Its SunSprite Solution
Boston, Mass., March 29, 2015 – GoodLux Technology, the provider of the SunSprite light therapy engagement solution for treatment of depression, announced today the availability of its Android app in the Google Play store. By providing tangible, historic data about collected bright light, the SunSprite Solution empowers clinicians and patients to manage depression with bright light therapy (BLT), leading to a triple-aim effect of better patient experience, improved population health and reduced cost.
SunSprite Picks Misfit for Google Wearables Challenge
We believe in patient-centered care, and empowering each SunSprite user is a major part of this. Giving actionable information and data to our users, and putting them in control of their decisions, is the core of our mission.
SunSprite Selects Validic to Integrate Light Data into Providers’ Apps
Boston, Mass., March 4, 2015 – GoodLux Technology, the provider of the SunSprite light engagement solution for treatment of depression, announced today it has selected Validic, the leading cloud-based, digital health platform for integration of SunSprite-collected bright light data into various software platforms. SunSprite’s capacity to measure bright light exposure impacts the clinicians’ and patients’ ability to manage depression, leading to a triple-aim effect of better patient experience, improved population health and reduced cost.
Can Managing Depression with Comorbid Conditions Save Cost for Your ACO?
SunSprite CEO Ed Likovich will be a special guest on the 4th episode of iGetBetter’s “Triple-Aim Care Transition” Webinar Series! He will be discussing how measuring light for bright light therapy can have impact on depression and other comorbidities.
iGetBetter and GoodLux Technology Tackle Comorbidity of Depression with Chronic Conditions
Sudbury, Mass., and Boston, Mass., January 21, 2015 – iGetBetter, Inc., a supplier of post-acute care transition solutions, and GoodLux Technology, a provider of a light management solution for treatment of depression, announced today they will partner to develop a solution for patients battling depression by creating the SunSprite Care Plan that can be combined with the appropriate iGetBetter care plan for patients with chronic diseases.
Light Tracking Solution Enables Self-Monitoring to Improve Personal and Population Health
United Nations Has Declared 2015 the "International Year of Light"
We know what the future holds.
3D printing will explode the DIY market, charity will move into the mobile gaming space, and most excitingly for us, light technologies will be made a global priority.
Does Your Work Space Give You Enough Light?
A very recent study out of Northwestern Medical School’s Department of Neurology and The School of Architecture at University of Chicago at Urbana proved that a window in your office or work space can make a world of difference. A study of 49 people with approximately half working with windows and half without showed that workers with windows slept an average of 46 more minutes at night,
Sunshine and Suicide
I Had No Idea I Was Light Deprived!
Here I am, a member of the SunSprite team trying to make people recognize that we all need light. When it was August, I tried my SunSprite several days in a row, and found I wasn’t getting quite 100%. So I started having my breakfast in a sunny window, and walking more in the early morning. Soon I was racking up some 100% days and feeling more cheerful.
Come September, imagine my dismay when my SunSprite has been telling me lately that even when I am sitting in a sunny window or on my porch for a few minutes here and there, I am not getting enough light
Behind the Scenes: SunSprite Production Testing
The other day, I caught myself marveling at a tape dispenser. Now that I am seeing this side of manufacturing, I have a lot more appreciation for how much work must have gone into designing and manufacturing even the simplest products.
We’ve been testing SunSprite continuously for months, but as we start mass production, things are really ramping up. Here are some highlights from behind the scenes.
What Cavemen and Farmers Have in Common
Finally, doctors are “prescribing” time outdoors again. For years, as this article in Slate mentions, doctors were sending patients to beautiful spots in rural areas as therapy for both infectious and emotional disorders.
Think of Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann (a sanatorium for tubercular patients), or various
Lux is the New YOLO
I don’t mean to brag, but I know the meaning of a lot of words. Below are some examples.
- Sun: [noun] The bright thing in the sky that helps me see the ground.
- Light: [noun] The thing the bright thing emits.
- Sky: [noun] The big blue thing that houses the big bright thing.
But “lux” is not a term that comes up often. Or at least, not until the last few months.
How Mass Media is Embracing Sunlight
Last week, a potential investor challenged us with a question. “I know about the importance of light for health, but hardly anybody else does. Where’s your market?”
We told him light and health is not only an exciting and rapidly growing area of research. It’s also an area
Play in the Light, Preserve Your Sight
Huffington Redefines Success!
A new book Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating A Life of Well-Being, Wisdom and Wonder has arrived from the famous author and pundit, Arianna Huffington. In the beginning of the book, she was confident that she fit everyone’s typical notions of success, but then she collapsed from exhaustion and cut her cheek on a desk.
Bright Light vs. Prozac
Ten years ago, the American Psychiatric Association Council on Research convened a work group to “use the principles of evidence-based medicine to examine the efficacy of light therapy.” Their conclusion was published in the American Journal of Psychiatry the following year:
Celebrate Daylight Savings Time with Better Sleep
With all our focus on the importance of bright light to “wake up your brain,” we must not forget how important it is to dim down the lights to fall asleep naturally. We can get a bit addicted to the excitement that bright light gives us (and to our having just a little more time to do the things we enjoy), so we often leave our lights on late into the night and then expect ourselves to fall asleep “on a dime” when we’re finally ready.
I Quit Harvard to Play in the Sun
I’ve been at Harvard nearly half my life. Through undergrad, a stint as a lab tech, graduate school, a post-doc, and then two years as research staff. Almost all of it in the same building. I slept in the lab one summer, and I proposed to my wife in the lab using a laser as a prop.
The Connection Between Love and Light
Last week, after an interview for a Valentine’s Day TV show about love, the reporter gave us a puzzled look when we starting telling her about SunSprite. The idea excited her, but she wanted to know how two psychiatrists who wrote books about marriage, loneliness, and social connections had come up with an idea
Behind the Scenes: SunSprite Beta
Yesterday, after fighting its way through the Polar Vortex (Atlanta is a FedEx hub), our first Beta SunSprite finally arrived. Above is a picture of it sitting wrapped in rubber bands in our bright light flood exposure test setup. The testing continues…
The Worrisome Disappearance of Recess
Over the last 25 years, schools and principals have been cutting recess for elementary school children hoping that with more time in the classroom, children would be able to learn more, and we could make up for their educational deficits with more indoor chair time. Programs like No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top have made clear
Sleep Better with One Easy Computer Trick
The “secret” to alert, energetic days and restful nights is not just morning light; we also need darkness at night. Even low levels of light before (or during) sleep will delay and reduce the melatonin rise that tells our bodies it’s bedtime. (Of course, too much darkness can also be a problem, resulting in city’s putting mirrors on top of mountains – more on that in a separate blog post.)
Dark nights began to disappear from the world when we started to electrify
Why We Need Daylight to Set our Circadian Clocks
In this 4-minute video, Hank on Sci Show (who is new to me, but not to regular Sci Show watchers) explains — at a breathtaking pace (but it seems he doesn’t need to take breaths) — the importance of setting our internal clocks using light.
His talk is funny, dense with information, and so fast
Behind the Scenes: Designing SunSprite’s Packaging
We’re getting ready to launch in a month, and our whole team is hard at work. We don’t want to keep all the fun to ourselves, so here’s a quick behind-the-scenes glimpse of our packaging design.
David and I scribbled notes on this mock-up when we met at a local café. We wrote the rest
Giant Mirrors on Giant Mountains
Two towns that live in the shadow of nearby mountains during winter months have erected mirrors to steer sunlight down into the town center. The first to do this was a village in Italy named Viganella. The second was the Norwegian town of Rjukan. Both projects are described in this article.
New Year’s Resolutions: Why We Love to Start Over
The great thing about Americans is that we believe we can have do-overs. That’s why we have remedies for hard times like every kind of therapy, or bankruptcy, or churches that let us start all over again. And New Year’s Resolutions! It is a lovely country that lets almost everyone have a second
Everyday Jet Lag: Did You Know You Have a Chronotype?
Social jet lag is a hot topic these days. This article from The New York Times adds the concept of chronotype, which refers to our personal circadian rhythm—it’s what makes some of us morning-loving “larks” and others night-loving “owls.”
And it reminds us that sunlight is our best hope when our boss thinks our day
How We Give Ourselves Jet Lag Every Day Without Stepping on a Plane
“On a typical workday morning, if you’re like most people, you don’t wake up naturally.”
That’s how Maria Konnikova begins a wonderful article about sleep in The New Yorker. We mentioned it in our previous post and hope you’ll take a look at it. It’s a great introduction to the concept of “social jetlag,” something
The Dawn of SunSprite: How We Created the First Personal Light Coach
The story of SunSprite begins, of all places, on a road trip. It was the summer of 2011, and we were finally on vacation. The countryside was gorgeous. The weather was spectacular— brilliant sun alternating with torrential rains. Yet those magnificent surroundings could not distract us from worrying about our patients (we’re Harvard psychiatrists). Or keep