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HALF AN HOUR OF 'NEW WAVE' LIGHT IN THE MORNING PREVENTS WINTER BLUES. THE NEW TECHNOLOGY REPRODUCES FEEL GOOD EFFECT OF NATURAL LIGHT IN MINATURE DESKTOP DEVICE

LACK OF SEXUAL APPETITE, BINGE EATING AND DIFFICULTY SLEEPING - ALL SYMPTOMS OF WINTER DEPRESSION

New developments in light emitting diode (LED) technology have enabled light technology specialist The Litebook® to produce the closest match yet to natural sunlight, which can moderate the hormones that control symptoms of depression (melatonin / serotonin).

The Litebook® is an innovation in light therapy that works by delivering a specific spectrum of light at a peak wavelength to effectively restore the chemical imbalance in our bodies from the lack of natural light. As the days become shorter and darker, half a million of us will suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD)1 and a further one in eight of us will suffer from the winter blues,2 a milder form of seasonal depression.
Seasonal depression is diagnosed if there is a marked decline in our normal social, sexual, and occupational function associated with the on-set of winter and shorter exposure to natural sunlight. Classic symptoms include:

* Low mood
* Lack of energy
* Absence of pleasure (anhedonia) or a marked reduction in the ability to experience it
* Difficulty sleeping
* Craving for carbohydrates
* Binge eating
* Aches, pains and headaches

Treatment options such as anti-depressants and herbal medicines are not acceptable to everyone. However, equally effective natural alternatives such as light therapy have been proven effective in clinical trials3 but have previously suffered from issues of impractically due to their cumbersome size and design.

Unlike the previous generation of light boxes with crude fluorescent light tubes in large units up to a metre in height, The Litebook's® white LED technology has miniaturised the production and beaming of light into a paperback sized machine. The Litebook® can sit comfortably on a desk, bedside table and is easily portable in a handbag.

Dr. Jan Wise, consultant psychiatrist and expert in seasonal depression and light therapy, comments, "Two in five people will suffer from depression at some point in their lives4. If you notice symptoms such as lack of energy, trouble sleeping and a general low feeling for prolonged periods, then this is a very real sign of SAD. Light therapy is an important and clinically proven treatment for seasonal depression3. It is non-invasive, non-chemical and enables anyone with SAD to control their symptoms as naturally and effectively as possible."

The Litebook® should be used for 30 minutes each morning as soon as waking.
For more information about The Litebook® and the benefits of light therapy visit www.litebook.info or call 08700 433 842.

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For further information please contact Natalie Fraser or Luke Willats on 020 7368 9624 / 0207 349 6382 or email nfraser@ozonecomms.co.uk / lwillats@ozonecomms.co.uk

References
1http://www.sada.org.uk/
2http://www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk/he.asp?articleID=333
3http://www.litebook.com/products/clinically-proven.asp
4BUPA fact sheet on depression http://hcd2.bupa.co.uk/fact_sheets/html/depression.html

Notes to editors:

Three tips from Dr. Jan Wise on how to beat SAD & winter blues

* Recognise the symptoms of SAD such as lack of energy, trouble sleeping, carbohydrate craving etc.
* If you have these symptoms for more than two weeks and they are impinging on your social, occupational or relationship routines, go and see your doctor immediately
* At winter time, if you get the urge to lie in, don’t! The days are short enough already.

Further information on The Litebook®

* The Litebook® does not emit any UV radiation but instead uses bright white light emitting diodes (LEDs) that emit the specific wavelengths shown in latest studies to suppress melatonin
* Research has shown light therapy has benefits for various circadian rhythm sleep disorders as well as pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), bulimia, nervosa, Alzheimer’s and non-seasonal major depression.
* Minor side-effects of The Litebook® can include headaches, eye strain or occasional nausea, which tend to disappear after the first few days of therapy
* Who shouldn't use The Litebook®:
- People who have recently had eye surgery (corrective, cataracts etc.)
- It is recommended that light time be reduced if you are taking St. John’s Wort as it causes an increased sensitivity to light
- Anyone who is photosensitive
- Those suffering from major depression are advised to consult their doctor.


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