Whether you’re looking to boost your mood, increase your energy or regulate your sleep patterns, light therapy can literally brighten up your day. Usually, this involves sitting next to a bright light for an extended period every day in order to gain the benefits. The HumanCharger, however, uses a new type of technology which directs light to your brain via your ear canals rather than your eyes.
What it does
The HumanCharger comes in the form of a headset. You press a button and the earbuds deliver a dose of light to your brain. Studies have shown that using it for just 12 minutes a day can raise your energy levels, lift your mood and make you more mentally alert. It is particularly beneficial if you work night shifts, are recovering from jet lag or suffer from the winter blues. Unlike traditional lightbox devices, the HumanCharger can be used on the move, which is handy for shift workers when they are feeling tired.
How it works
Invented in Finland, where the long winter nights mean that Seasonal Affective Disorder is common, the HumanCharger works on the principle that exposure to light helps to maintain the natural rhythm of the body clock. A calibrated white light passes through the ear canals, stimulating the photosensitive proteins on the surface of the brain. This releases serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline, which in turn makes you feel more energised and alert.
£149.89. Available in silver or black.
For more information about the HumanCharger go to https://www.humancharger.com/