How can these Re-Timer glasses fix your sleeping problems?
These Re-Timer light therapy glasses are a new concept to me, but because they are supposed to be genius at helping to fix certain sleeping problems, I thought it was worthwhile taking a look at them.
So the top and tail of these glasses is that they resync your body clock making it easier to fall asleep at night and wake up in the morning. They are popular with shift works, those who suffer from jet lag and anyone who suffers from seasonal affective disorder.
The Re-Timer Light Therapy Glasses were developed by Professor Leon Lack, a clinical psychologist at the Adelaide Institute for Sleep health (he is also a professor at Flinders University), in Australia.
Listen to Professor Leon Lack talk about how bright light can readjust your body clock and help to fix your sleeping problems.
Sleeping problems suffered by shift workers
As we all know, shift workers sometimes have to wake up very early in the morning, work late at night and work all night long. So their body clock becomes all out of sync with their normal sleeping patterns.
Many people work night shift permanently or rotate onto night shift and if there is one thing that is common amongst all night workers is that they have problems sleeping. Even if they sleep for 8 hours, when that 8 hours is during the day time, they still feel groggy and out-of-sorts when they are awake.
Night shift doesn’t suit many people for long periods of time, because it frequently results in a long term lack of sleep, leaving the worker feeling light headed and not quite themselves for most of the time. In fact, some shift workers feel as if they are permanently suffering from jet lag.
When a shift worker goes on holiday, it can take them quite a while to resync their body clock to a normal 24 hour sleep cycle. When they do resync their body clock however, they are amazed at how good they feel, because they didn’t realize how bad they felt on shift work.
The Re-Timer Light Therapy Glasses help you to stay awake at work, wake up at the right time on your days off and feel sleepy at the end of your shift, so you can sleep well on night shift.
These glasses are used by airline pilots, defence workers and workers in dangerous environments such as open pit mines. The reason that they are so popular with shift workers is that they increase the safety factor at the work site (because you don’t feel tired and worn out due o lack of sleep) and they give you your life back.
Sleeping problems of travelers who suffer jet lag
When you travel across different time zones frequently or even just once a year on holiday, it can take you days or even weeks to re-tune your body clock to the local time zone. In the meantime, you feel light headed, half-drugged and decidedly unwell.
Many people take melatonin when they travel across country or internationally, as this is a natural treatment for jet lag. Our bodies produce melatonin in response to decreasing daylight, making our brains get ready for sleeping.
This is fine until your body is producing melatonin at 2pm, when you need to be on top of your game. So jet lag is a real phenomenon felt by many people the world over.
The Re-Timer LIght Therapy Glasses works by suppressing your body’s production of melatonin and instead you use the light therapy to control when you go to sleep.
For example, when you travel east you find it more difficult to fall asleep at night, so you should wear the Re-Timer glasses in the morning.
On the other hand, if you travel west, you will often feel like going to bed in the middle of the afternoon, so to fix this problem, you would wear the glasses in the evening.
These Re-Timer glasses are used by top athletes, executives and tourists around the world, because they really do fix your jet lag quickly.
Sleeping problems of seasonal affective disorder sufferers
Also known as the Winter Blues, people who suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) have sleeping problems during the winter because of the decrease in daylight. Sufferers find that they feel tired all the time and quite often feel quite depressed as well.
Many people feel irritable, complain of low energy levels, grumpiness, oversleeping or under-sleeping, weight gain, weight loss and anxiety. As you can see, there are a bunch of symptoms, but the common factor is irritability and sleeping problems.
Since the cause of SAD is a reduced level of sunlight, so may treatments focus on melatonin supplements and light therapy. This is why the Re-Timer Light Therapy Glasses are so popular, because they resync your body clock and help you to beat the winter blues.
My final thoughts on the Re-Timer Light Therapy Glasses
Looking through the online reviews for these Light Therapy Glasses, the vast majority are very positive.
Light therapy is a proven technique to help with SAD and many people find that they help resolve their jet lag quickly and help shift workers to feel ‘normal’ again.
So if you have sleeping problems, they are definitely worth a look.