Long Winters

Anni Levi-Rodgers, Surrey, UK

The Re-Timer has completely changed my life. I now sleep and I don’t have SAD syndrome. I also find that if I wake up feeling tired because I have been so busy, I put the Re-Timers on half an hour before I get up, and I’m not tired anymore and feel amazing,” Anni Levi-Rodgers.

Anni, a carer for the disabled, suffered both insomnia and Seasonal Affective Disorder. As a kid it would take her hours to get to sleep and she recalls having SAD syndrome most of her life. When Anni read about Re-Timer in Men’s Health magazine she decided to give it a try.

“Especially with the SAD Syndrome, there were some mornings when I would wake up crying and not sure how to cope with life. Until Re-Timer, I used to just force myself to go to work and look after the kids. But I feel much better and the kids in particular notice the difference. It’s quite confronting for kids to wake up to mum in tears making breakfast – so that’s a massive improvement. Its so nice not to have the anguish – I used to get so worked up worrying about getting to sleep. I now don’t have anxiety about getting to sleep”.

Anni started by wearing Re-Timer one hour earlier each day for about a week. The first morning she got up at 6 am instead of 7am, the next morning earlier and then earlier again. After a couple of weeks wearing Re-Timer in the morning, Anni said “it worked perfectly and I slept through every night. The SAD Syndrome went away too.”

Anni still uses her Re-Timer glasses once a month to align her patterns.

Read more about Re-Timer for long winters.

Sleep Onset Insomnia

Michael Sakuma, New York, NY, USA

“Re-Timer has really helped me”, Michael Sakuma.

For years Michael Sakuma, a Professor from Long Island New York, typically didn’t fall asleep until around 3am and would wake around 11am. He says this late to bed and late to rise cycle severely impacted his choices.

“It affected the professions I chose because I could not chose a profession that would require me to get up at 7 or 6 o’clock. My life has been trying to move around this sleep problem”.

Michael has been using Re-Timer for about 2 years. He was surprised about how convenient the Re-Timer was to use and how quickly it changed his sleep.

“A primary benefit to the Re-Timer, compared to other light therapies, is that you don’t lose time out of your day to sit next to a light device. People with sleep problems already feel like they’re running behind, but Re-Timer lets you go about your morning routine – I’ve even worn the glasses on a treadmill doing morning exercises. Re-Timer has really helped me”.

See Michael’s story on Reuters TV.

Shift Work

Jeremy Gibbons, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

“Re-Timer helped me maintain vigilance during night shift. I wasn’t tired during my breaks and getting to sleep after the shift wasn’t a problem at all,” Jeremy Gibbons.

Jeremy Gibbons from Toronto works night shifts at the Children’s Hospital. For many years Jeremy worked a shift consisting of two days, then two nights. He switched to working just nights however was still having trouble getting enough sleep.

“It was very much a challenge. I found every three to four months I was very tired for about a week or so.”

It was hard not letting normal daytime activities interpret his sleep plans. He then started using Re-Timer glasses. After one week of wearing the glasses for an hour each day he was able to reset his body’s internal clock.

“It helped me maintain vigilance at night. We do take breaks during work and I wasn’t tired, and getting to sleep was no problem at all.”

Read more about Re-Timer for Shift Work.

Jet Lag

H.Clifford Yanover, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

“I didn’t suffer from jet lag”, H. Clifford Yanover.

Clifford Yanover an Anesthesiologist of Lethbridge, Alberta, wears Re-Timer glasses when travelling, and loves looking like a self-described “techno-geek” in flight.

“I used it when travelling from Vancouver to Shanghai and Kuala Lumpur crossing the International Date Line, and for the trip back as well, and I didn’t suffer from jet lag,” Yanover said. “My beautiful wife, however, didn’t use it and she suffered for a week or so. I would highly recommend the use of Re-Timer to minimize or prevent jet lag when travelling for business or pleasure,” he said.

Read more about Re-Timer for Jet Lag.

Athletic Performance

Olympian Maarten van der Weijden, Rotterdam, Netherlands

“Light therapy was crucial in winning the golden medal”, Maarten van der Weijden.

In 2001, Maarten van der Weijden, a Dutch long distance and marathon swimmer, was confronted with cancer. His career was likely over. Fighting cancer he made his comeback in 2003. In 2006, he intensified his training regime and started using morning bright light therapy. Then in 2008, he won an Olympic gold medal at the Beijing Olympics. To him, light therapy made all the difference.

“Light therapy was crucial in winning the golden medal”, said Maarten van der Weijden. “Within a month my performance in the morning increased spectacularly”, he said.

Maarten van der Weijden used light therapy to shift his circadian rhythm and to achieve a ‘speedier wakefulness’. “The first thing I do is put my glasses on and light up”.

Read more about Re-Timer for Athletic Performance.

Early Morning-awakening Insomnia

Leticia Lewis, Spokane, Washington, USA

“Re-Timer gave my wife back her life,” Randy Lewis.

Leticia Lewis’ sleep troubles began several years ago. She would fall asleep at 10:00 p.m., only to find herself wide awake by 2:00 or 3:00 a.m. After months of lying in bed fully alert, she was in the habit of getting up to do things, returning to sleep at 6:00 a.m. Her sleep patterns were so debilitating, she found she didn’t have the energy to hike, bike or garden like she used to. Every day before heading off to work, she’d have to have a nap.

“Ever since I was a young child, I was one of those people who would go to sleep and not move until the sun came up,” recalled Leticia. “I would get up and go, go, go. It had been so long since that happened, I couldn’t remember what it felt like.”

Before purchasing her Re-Timer glasses in June, 2014, Leticia tried everything from natural remedies like melatonin, lavender baths and relaxing sounds, to no television or computer screens before bed, and finally prescribed sleeping pills. When Leticia’s husband, Randy, 58, first showed the glasses to her on-line, she was sceptical and yet hopeful at the same time.

“It made sense that my cycle could be off,” said Leticia, an elementary school teacher and piano instructor.  “I was at the point where I couldn’t function throughout the day if I didn’t have a short power nap. I was willing to try anything,” said the 54-year-old resident of Spokane, Washington. “It sounded strange but I thought, ‘Who knows? Maybe there’s something to this.’”

“The Re-Timer glasses are so easy to use – all you have to do is go on the website and punch in your current sleep cycle, and it tells you when to start wearing the glasses and for how long,” she explained, noting that the schedule will be different for each individual.

For Leticia, it was a matter of wearing the glasses for 30 minutes each night, starting at 10:00 p.m. and gradually moving forward from 10:30 to 11:00 to 11:30 p.m. and so on. By the third night, she was falling asleep and staying that way, and within just a few weeks, she no longer needed the glasses at all, enjoying month after month of solid sleep from June to November. What’s more, she has regained her energy and is once again enjoys outdoor activities.

“Re-Timer gave my wife her life back,” said Randy, who works in the pharmaceutical industry. “It’s an amazing product. We’re both very happy and the best part is we’re doing things together again.”

At home, every now and then, Leticia finds her sleep pattern starts slipping into old habits. When it does happen, she uses the glasses to reset. “It was an investment that has been worth every penny,” she said.  “There’s nothing worse than not being able to sleep. I finally found my answer in Re-Timer.”

Read more about Re-Timer for Insomnia.

Insomnia

Penny Palmer, Manchester, UK

“I cured years of insomnia. I’m not exaggerating when I say that Re-Timer really changed my life for the better,” Penny Palmer.

Penny Palmer, from Manchester, struggled to fall sleep and was unable to sleep more than two or three hours at a time. She was constantly exhausted, frustrated and angry. “It really hampered my life and stopped me from doing everyday things that most people take for granted.”

She tried prescription sleeping pills which worked at first, but made her feel “like a zombie”. She was concerned she may become dependent upon them. As a result, she stopped taking them and her insomnia became worse than ever. She also tried natural remedies, yoga and meditation but none of these things worked.

Penny started by wearing the glasses for 30 minutes every morning after waking up. Within a couple of weeks she noticed she was getting to sleep earlier and waking up earlier after a good night’s sleep. “I usually use them on Sunday and Monday mornings as this helps to set me up for a good week of sleep throughout the rest of the week. I am actually going to bed at a reasonable hour and it’s not unusual for me to sleep through a full eight hours now.”

Penny says she now feels more refreshed, less groggy and generally happier.

Read Penny’s story on Daily Mail UK.