There’s no doubt about it…
Consider the statistics from the National Sleep Foundation…
- Around one-fifth of Americans say they get less than six hours of sleep per night. (In case you’re wondering, adults need an average of eight hours per night.)
- A groggy 62% say they endure some kind of broken sleep a few nights each week.
- Almost one-third will experience insomnia at some point over the course of a year.
- Around 23% experience problems concentrating, due to lack of sleep. And 18% have trouble remembering things.
- The estimated cost to employers in lost productivity from sleepy employees is approximately $18 billion per year.
So if you want to get a better night’s sleep, what’s the solution?
Forget Google Glass… This Is Smart Eyewear
While Google Glass – the company’s supposedly “smart” eyewear device – never took off, a psychologist at Australia’s Flinders University has created something that does live up to the tag.
Re-Timer is a pair of glasses with a difference.
The device uses light therapy to regulate and reset a user’s sleep rhythms, and tell the body when to sleep and wake up.
It’s particularly useful for trans-continental travelers suffering from jet lag, or for shift workers with night shifts and other abnormal hours. It can also help people who suffer from seasonal affective disorder.
Now, while light therapy isn’t a new breakthrough in this area, the creators say the crucial element of their device is that it’s portable.
Co-developer, Leon Lack, says, “It occurred to us that light-emitting diodes – very small devices – very efficiently convert electricity into light and that if they were mounted closer to the eyes, they’d get enough light into the eyes and serve the purpose of the light therapy device.”
So they harnessed that thinking into the Re-Timer glasses…
Fade to Green
Worn like regular glasses, Re-Timer uses an ultra-violet-free green light to mimic the effects of sunlight.
The designers say that after a decade of research, the green, blue/green, and blue areas of the light spectrum are “most effective at changing the body clock timing.”
So a user can adjust the Re-Timer accordingly, depending on when he needs to sleep and wake up.
Take a look…
Michael Sakuma is one satisfied Re-Timer user.
The New York native has suffered from crippling insomnia for 30 years, where he regularly wouldn’t fall asleep until 3 a.m. bedtimes and not wake until 11 a.m. Naturally, his condition “affected the professions I chose. I couldn’t choose one that required me to get up at six or seven o’ clock.”
But having used the Re-Timer for two years, he says it’s changed his life by helping his off-kilter body clock get onto a more normal schedule.
The device sells for around $300. Accompanying lullabies and nightcaps are optional!