Re-Timer comes to retune your body clock
We all tend to suffer from work pressure and related disorders. In this modern age when everything is controlled by computers and the world is full of energy waves, our lifestyle has become very dull and in majority of cases the culprit behind bad mood, stress and work exhaustion is our body clock or what is scientifically known as circadian rhythm or circadian clock. Circadian rhythm is any biological process that displays an endogenous, entrainable oscillation of about 24 hours. These rhythms are driven by a circadian clock, and rhythms have been widely observed in plants, animals, fungi and cyanobacteria. The term circadian comes from the Latin circa, meaning “around” (or “approximately”), and Diem or dies, meaning “day”.
Back in 2003, a developmental team at the University of Flinders in Australia had tried inventing LED light glasses that can set the disturbed body clock back to normal and finally now they are launching this product, naming it the Re-Timer. These cool LED glasses at glance would look like a beautiful snow goggles but are not and instead emit soft green light onto the eyes increasing alertness and reset circadian clock to counter sleep disorders and jet lag.
What principle lies behind the emitting of green lights and internal body clock switching was explained by Psychologist Professor Leon Lack, the device’s chief inventor.
Body clocks or circadian rhythms influence the timing of all our sleeping and waking patterns, alertness, performance levels and metabolism, photoreceptors in our eyes detects sunlight, signal our brain to be awake and alert, and set our rhythms accordingly. These rhythms vary regularly over a 24-hour cycle. However, this process is often impaired by staying indoors, traveling to other times zones, working irregular hours, or a lack of sunlight during winter months.
Further it is explained by 25 years of sleep research at the Flinders University that by using light (mimicking it as sun light), the part of the brain responsible for regulating our 24-hours can be stimulated and regulated.
Professor Lack also recommends, wearing the glasses for at least three days for 50 minutes each day either after awakening in the morning to advance the body clock, or before bed for delaying the body clock to wake up later. He added that
Re-Timer’s light therapy offers a safer and, in many cases, more effective treatment for mistimed sleep than drug alternatives.
The device is being produced by local manufacturing firm SMR Components.