Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects about half a million people each year, generally during the winter months. This can result in feelings of sluggishness, depression, anxiety, and intense mood swings. Don’t worry, though, the newest trend in treating SAD is here: reverse sunglasses.
A group of engineers from Copenhagen designed these sunglasses, which are worn like regular sunglasses. Unlike regular sunglasses, however, reverse sunglasses feature 6 LED lights and a reflector, which direct simulated sunlight towards your eyes. Ads claim that wearing the glasses for up to 30 minutes each day will energize you throughout the winter. Does this really work?
SAD occurs when our levels of the sleep-related hormone melatonin increase in the dark days of winter, disrupting our internal clocks and making it difficult to stay awake throughout the day. It can also lead to food cravings, overeating, weight gain, stress, and avoidance of social situations.
Traditional treatments for SAD include soaking up as much natural sunlight as possible, increasing your intake of vitamins B and D, staying on a regular sleep cycle, and keeping up with regular workouts. Another treatment for SAD is light therapy, which uses artificial lamps that imitate sunlight to boost mood. Light therapy has generally been effective, so theoretically, placing the lights in sunglasses rather than in lamps should work, too.
Reverse sunglasses aren’t for sale yet – to get a pair, you’ll need to pledge $55 to the project. Once the project reaches its funding goal, glasses will sell for $80 a pair.
Watch a video on how the glasses work here.