Bus stops in the northern Swedish town of Umeå have been fitted with light therapy panels to help commuters fight off the winter blues, the energy company behind the move said Tuesday.
In the depths of winter, daylight in Umeå, around 500 kilometres (300 miles) north of Stockholm, lasts only around four and a half hours, meaning that many people catch a glimpse of the sun only through an office window.
"You feel tired during this time of the year, and getting an extra dose of light feels refreshing," said Anna Norrgaard, head of marketing at Umeå Energy. Over the next three weeks, the company will help commuters combat winter depression by installing light therapy panels at 30 bus stops.
These panels are proven to help with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which is a result of lack of sunlight, causing one to feel tired and depressed from overproduction of the hormone melatonin. Commuters are encouraged to stand in front of the panels with their eyes open—for a full 30 minutes for the maximum effect.
via good.is, 03.12.12.