Re-Timer http://re-timer.com Better sleep through science Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:59:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Insomnia http://re-timer.com/insomnia/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=insomnia http://re-timer.com/insomnia/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:47:37 +0000 http://re-timer.com/?p=3353 When you look at the clock and it’s 3am you probably think to yourself it’s too early to get up but also worry if you will ever get back to sleep and how tired you may be next day. There are several types of insomnia, one being ‘early-morning awakening insomnia’. “Early-morning awakening insomnia is common […]

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When you look at the clock and it’s 3am you probably think to yourself it’s too early to get up but also worry if you will ever get back to sleep and how tired you may be next day.

There are several types of insomnia, one being ‘early-morning awakening insomnia’.

“Early-morning awakening insomnia is common in older adults and is often associated with daytime tiredness, balance impairments, and memory troubles”, said Professor Leon Lack.

Flinders University has conducted research into the treatment of early-morning awakening insomnia using evening bright light therapy.

Participants in the study who experienced early-morning awakening insomnia had significantly advanced body clocks compared to those who were good sleepers.

Professor Lack said, “Evening bright-light therapy was found to be effective in delaying the body clock of individuals with early-morning awakening insomnia and resulting in more sleep and better daytime moods and functioning.”

Wearing Re-Timer for 30-60 minutes in the evening before bed can delay your body clock (or circadian rhythm) helping you to avoid waking up at 3am in the morning.

Here are some tips, if you do find yourself awake at 3am:

  • Remember that awakenings during the night are a normal part of the sleep period, especially as we get older.
  • Don’t do anything too stimulating, relax and allow yourself to fall back to sleep.
  • Don’t stay in bed more than 20 minutes awake, get out of bed and go to another room to do quiet activities in low illumination light.
  • If you feel sleepy again you can go back to bed to allow yourself to re-initiate sleep.
  • If, however, you cannot fall back to sleep in about 20 minutes then start your day but avoid bright light for the first few hours.

 

Penny Palmer used Re-Timer to treat insomnia, read her full story at www.dailymail.co.uk.

Image credit: Discovery News

 

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Teenage Sleep Issues http://re-timer.com/teenage-sleep-issues/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=teenage-sleep-issues http://re-timer.com/teenage-sleep-issues/#comments Fri, 14 Mar 2014 05:03:24 +0000 http://re-timer.com/?p=2346 Teenage Sleep Issues, Child and Adolescent Sleep Health We spoke with Dr Michael Gradisar at Flinders University to discuss teenage sleep issues, to help answer some of your questions. Dr Gradisar’s research interests include the prevalence, consequences, and the psychological assessment and treatment of sleep disorders in children and adolescents. He also runs treatment studies […]

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Teenage Sleep Issues, Child and Adolescent Sleep Health

We spoke with Dr Michael Gradisar at Flinders University to discuss teenage sleep issues, to help answer some of your questions.

Dr Gradisar’s research interests include the prevalence, consequences, and the psychological assessment and treatment of sleep disorders in children and adolescents.

He also runs treatment studies for child and adolescent sleep problems through the Child and Adolescent Sleep Clinic in Adelaide, Australia

Read the full interview here.

Why do teenagers find it hard to get up in the morning?
There are 2 reasons explaining teenager’s difficulties getting up in the morning. First, their body clock which determines what time they fall asleep and what time they should wake up delays as teenager’s develop through their adolescent years. This means that they fall asleep later and wake later. So on a school night, their body clock determines that they should fall asleep later (e.g.12 midnight) than they desire (e.g. 10:30pm), but although their body clock would wake them later (e.g. 9:30am), they have to wake up and get ready for school (e.g. 7:30am). From this example, it is hopefully clear that the second reason for their difficulty waking is that they don’t achieve the sleep they need. These two biological sleep processes therefore compound to make it awful for teens to wake on school mornings.

Is there a common sleep issue that is suffered by teenagers?
We have asked hundreds of teenagers whether they think they have a sleep problem, and if so, to describe to us why they think they have a sleep problem. In their words, the most common reasons include, “it takes me a long time to fall asleep”, “I fall asleep late”, “I don’t get enough sleep”, and “It’s hard for me to wake up in the morning”.

Why do teenagers suffer from these sleep issues?
The main cause behind these sleep issues is a delayed body clock which makes the timing of their sleep late (i.e. fall asleep late; wake up late). There is some contribution from them worrying when they are taking a long time to fall asleep, and also some impact from the behaviours they perform close to bedtime (for example technology use and socialising)

When can these sleep issues start?
Researchers have frequently identified the onset of these problems to occur around the onset of puberty. In our Child & Adolescent Sleep Clinic, we ask teenagers when their sleep problem began. It can be hard for them to identify when it started as it happens slowly, but their responses often suggest during the transition from primary school to high school (which somewhat coincides with the onset of puberty for some teens).

Why is sleep so important to teenagers?
From our perspective in the Child & Adolescent Sleep Clinic, we see what happens to teenagers when they don’t achieve adequate sleep. This ranges from not being able to concentrate in class, worrying that they won’t pass tests, get good grades, or even get a good job one day. Their parents say that their teenagers are moody and irritable in the mornings, and that they are often running late in the mornings. But the worse issues occur when the teens are so chronically sleep-deprived that they start missing school, eventually drop-out, and find it incredibly difficult to go back to school. They’ve missed out on plenty of social things with their friends, and they worry about having to catch up on a lot of school work. Some who have not coped with dropping out of school develop other emotional problems (e.g., social anxiety, depression) and the worst case scenarios have been when they have thought of taking their own life or even tried to do so.

Are there any sleep hygiene tips you can offer for parents to help their sleepy teen?
Most parents can locate sleep hygiene tips if they search several websites on the Internet. This may work for some teenagers, but as a stand-alone treatment, these are not recommended to help people who have significant sleep problems.

Are there any tell-tale signs to look out for that may indicate a sleep issue?
Parents are not usually aware of the severity of their teenager’s difficulty to fall asleep at night as the parents often fall asleep before their teens. So the first indicator they see is their teen’s difficulty getting up out of bed. But the key questions I ask parents are “Does your teen sleep-in on weekends, and if so, when do they sleep-in until?”, “Does your teen think they have a sleep problem, and if so, do they want to do something about it?” Thus, if their teens are waking up more than 2 hours later on weekends than they do on school mornings, and their teens answer “yes” to the second question. Then it’s time to do some research and seek professional help.

Can bright light therapy help teens?
Bright light therapy has been used in multiple research studies around the world for people who fall asleep late and wake up late. Indeed, our research group was the first to perform a controlled study showing that bright light therapy was effective to use for adolescents with this problem, and the benefits lasted for 6 months after treatment stopped. New studies performed in other countries (e.g., Norway) have been published this year and also show bright light therapy works. It works by signalling to the body clock (via the eyes) that it’s time to wake up and start the day. So we gradually provide light earlier and earlier to teenagers so we trick their body clock into believing the day is starting earlier. As a result, teens begin to feel more alert in the morning and because they are waking up earlier, they begin to fall asleep earlier. It does take effort, but our data show improvements can occur over 3 weeks, which is pretty impressive considering the average amount of time these teens have had this problem for is just under 5 years!

For more information
Child and Adolescent Sleep Clinic

Contributing Factors to Adolescent Sleep Disturbance

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Danielle Scott Aerial Skier http://re-timer.com/danielle-scott-aerial-skier/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=danielle-scott-aerial-skier http://re-timer.com/danielle-scott-aerial-skier/#comments Fri, 14 Mar 2014 00:53:20 +0000 http://re-timer.com/?p=2326 Danielle Scott Aerial Skier, Re-Timer Wearer, Elite Athlete We caught up with Danielle Scott Aerial Skier to learn more about what makes her tick. Danielle is an elite athlete with a remarkable story that saw her change from gymnastics to aerial skiing at a young age. A regular on the world cup circuit, she won […]

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Danielle Scott Aerial Skier, Re-Timer Wearer, Elite Athlete

We caught up with Danielle Scott Aerial Skier to learn more about what makes her tick.

Danielle is an elite athlete with a remarkable story that saw her change from gymnastics to aerial skiing at a young age.

A regular on the world cup circuit, she won a bronze medal at the 2013 World Championships in Norway, finished first at the Europa Cup in Finland and second at the 2014 World Cup in Lake Placid in the USA.
And she recently competed at the Sochi Olympics.

She is constantly traveling and has a gruelling training schedule but found some time to talk to us, here’s our chat:

Can you tell us about your day job?
My day job is pretty unique! Whether it is chasing competitions around the world, or spending a summer preparing thousands and thousands of jumps into a pool, I am ultimately working to be the world’s best – and stay one of the world’s best. It revolves around preparing, fuelling, strengthening and fine-tuning my own body in order to perform and be successful.

How did you become an aerial skier?
I became an aerial skier through a transition program where they take elite level gymnasts and teach them to ski. I never reached my full potential with gymnasts and was looking for something more so when I was recruited by five time Olympian, Jacqui Cooper, I was ready to take on the new challenge.

What has been your proudest moment?
My proudest moment would have to have been winning the bronze medal at the 2013 World Championships in Norway. It was my break through podium and I did it on my birthday, which made it even more memorable!

What’s your favourite jump?
My favourite jump would have to be the double-full, full. This is a triple twisting, double somersault where you perform two full twists in the first flip, and one twist in the second flip. It spins fast and leaves such an incredible feeling when you nail the landing.

Who’s your idol?
My idol is the surfer Bethany Hamilton. She lost her arm to a shark attack, yet got back on the board and is still as competitive as ever. She didn’t let something out of her control, affect her and take away from what she loved. I really admire her as she shows that determination can overrule fear and how it is possible to take something and use it to make you stronger.

How does it feel to be part of the Olympic team?
It feels very exciting and prestigious. It’s something I have dreamt of since I was a little girl, so to be representing my country in such a historic event, I couldn’t be more happy!

Do you travel much?
Yes! I usually only spend about two months out of the year at home. My sport of aerial skiing requires me to travel so much due to training and competition venues not being located in Australia.

How do you feel when you travel?
I generally feel really slowed down after a travel day. The long flights and lay over times can be really draining, especially when you are traveling to different time zones each week. I also usually find it difficult to get sufficient sleep hours in the new time zone.

Has Re-Timer helped?
Re-Timer has really helped me to prepare and adjust to the time zones throughout the competition season. Usually I find myself waking in the middle of night and not being able to fall back asleep. This can be detrimental to training and competition preparation, so Re-Timer has helped me get ahead of the game and be ready to perform at my best.

What’s your favourite travel destination?
My favourite travel destination is Norway. The people are so welcoming, the food is delicious, and the scenery is very picturesque.

Learn more about Danielle:

Website
danielle-scott.wix.com

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Deer Valley World Cup 2013 Danielle Scott Aerial Skier Wearing Re-Timer to help reduce jet lag and sleep better

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Sleep Goggles

Penny Palmer, 29 from Manchester suffered from severe insomnia for most of her life.

She struggled to drop off to sleep and stay asleep.

As a result, Penny felt permanently tired, emotional and her social and work life was severely impacted.

Penny even avoided going on holidays to locations in a different time zone as jet lag would make her insomnia even worse.

She started using Re-Timer sleep goggles 6 months ago and is now able to get to sleep easily and sleep through the night without waking.

Re-Timer works by emitting a soft green light onto the eyes – this helps to regulate the body clock.

Penny said that Re-Timer is the only thing that worked for her and they have changed her life for the better.

Read her full story www.dailymail.co.uk

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Unable to sleep http://re-timer.com/unable-sleep/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=unable-sleep http://re-timer.com/unable-sleep/#comments Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:10:38 +0000 http://re-timer.com/?p=2195 Unable to sleep Being unable to sleep may be a sign of a disrupted circadian rhythm. A circadian rhythm is your inbuilt 24-hour clock which tells your body when to fall asleep and when to wake. Many people find it difficult to fall asleep when they want. They lie in bed for hours frustrated at […]

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Unable to sleep

Being unable to sleep may be a sign of a disrupted circadian rhythm. A circadian rhythm is your inbuilt 24-hour clock which tells your body when to fall asleep and when to wake.

Many people find it difficult to fall asleep when they want. They lie in bed for hours frustrated at their inability to fall asleep. For approximately 1 in 10 people, the cause relates to a delayed circadian rhythm.

Delayed circadian rhythm means the body begins to produce the sleep inducing hormone melatonin too late. For a normally entrained individual whom falls asleep at 11pm, they typically would begin producing melatonin at 9pm. This melatonin would increasingly make them sleepy until they naturally fall asleep at 11pm.

However, for someone falling asleep at 2am (delayed circadian rhythm), they may not start producing melatonin until 1am. Thus, this delay may be responsible for their being unable to sleep early.

Research has shown that Re-Timer can assist. Using Re-Timer shortly after waking will encourage the melatonin cycle to begin earlier in the evening. Thus, using Re-Timer for 1-hour in the morning at 7am will advance melatonin production to begin earlier at 11pm after 1 week of use.

Re-Timer is a university tested technology and comes with a 30-day money back guarantee for all consumers.

For more information visit:

re-timer.com/physicians/research/

www.sleephealthfoundation.org.au

The information contained on this website is not intended to be used as medical information or as a substitute for your own health professional’s advice. As a matter of good practice we recommend you seek the advice of your health professional before selecting a light device.

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Sleeping Tips http://re-timer.com/sleeping-tips/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sleeping-tips http://re-timer.com/sleeping-tips/#comments Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:02:55 +0000 http://re-timer.com/?p=2192 Sleeping Tips Light therapy is proven to help shift workers adapt to a rotating day-night roster by re-timing the sleep-wake cycle. But sleep hygiene is just as important as using Re-Timer to re-time your sleep. Here is, a list of sleeping tips to help you get the most out of your Re-Timer whether you’re a […]

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Sleeping Tips

Light therapy is proven to help shift workers adapt to a rotating day-night roster by re-timing the sleep-wake cycle. But sleep hygiene is just as important as using Re-Timer to re-time your sleep.

Here is, a list of sleeping tips to help you get the most out of your Re-Timer whether you’re a shift worker, a business traveller looking to avoid jet lag or simply suffer inadequate sleep.

• Set a regular bedtime. Go to bed at the same time every night. Try not to break this routine on weekends when it may be tempting to stay up late. If you want to change your bedtime, help your body adjust by making the change in small daily increments.

• Wake up at the same time every day. If you need an alarm clock to wake up on time, you may need to set an earlier bedtime. As with your bedtime, try to maintain your regular wake-time even on weekends.

• Nap to make up for lost sleep. If you need to make up for a few lost hours, opt for a daytime nap rather than sleeping late. This strategy allows you to pay off your sleep debt without disturbing your natural sleep-wake rhythm, which often backfires in insomnia and throws you off for days.

Find more tips here:

www.helpguide.org

The information contained on this website is not intended to be used as medical information or as a substitute for your own health professional’s advice. As a matter of good practice we recommend you seek the advice of your health professional before selecting a light device.

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Not being able to sleep http://re-timer.com/able-sleep/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=able-sleep http://re-timer.com/able-sleep/#comments Tue, 25 Feb 2014 23:49:29 +0000 http://re-timer.com/?p=2190 Not being able to sleep Research indicates that 1 in 10 poor sleepers can blame a mis-timed circadian rhythm for their woes. The circadian rhythm is responsible for setting the time you fall asleep and time you wake. However, lifestyle factors can interfere with your circadian rhythm resulting in a sleep pattern timed too late […]

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Not being able to sleep

Research indicates that 1 in 10 poor sleepers can blame a mis-timed circadian rhythm for their woes. The circadian rhythm is responsible for setting the time you fall asleep and time you wake.

However, lifestyle factors can interfere with your circadian rhythm resulting in a sleep pattern timed too late or too early to provide you with a full night’s rest (not being able to sleep). Re-Timer has been shown through university research to re-time your circadian rhythm to provide a full night’s sleep.

Diagnosing a circadian rhythm condition is difficult given there can literally be 100 reasons why you may not be getting a full nights rest. But there is a 1 in 10 chance your inadequate sleep is explained by your circadian rhythm.

The best option is to visit your health professional and seek their opinion. Seeking professional advice is something we always recommend as it is best practice for any health concern. If you choose to purchase a Re-Timer before visiting your health professional, we do provide a 30 day money back guarantee for peace of mind. Please ensure you read the terms of use before purchase.

The information contained on this website is not intended to be used as medical information or as a substitute for your own health professional’s advice. As a matter of good practice we recommend you seek the advice of your health professional before selecting a light device.

Additional information about poor sleep:

www.patient.co.uk

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Jet Lag West to East http://re-timer.com/jet-lag-west-east/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=jet-lag-west-east http://re-timer.com/jet-lag-west-east/#comments Tue, 25 Feb 2014 22:39:16 +0000 http://re-timer.com/?p=2186 Jet lag west to east Travelling eastward across multiple time zones generates more severe jet lag compared to westward travel. This is due to our circadian rhythms finding it easier to delay (stay up longer) compared to advance (get up earlier). Your body clock has a tendency to run slightly longer than 24 hours, says […]

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Jet lag west to east

Travelling eastward across multiple time zones generates more severe jet lag compared to westward travel. This is due to our circadian rhythms finding it easier to delay (stay up longer) compared to advance (get up earlier).

Your body clock has a tendency to run slightly longer than 24 hours, says physician Vivek Jain of the Center for Sleep Disorders at the George Washington Hospital. Each morning, your body compensates for this slight discrepancy by contracting your internal clock to synchronize with the 24-hour day light cycle. When you travel west, you gain several hours, so your day is extended and your body gets the extra time it naturally wants. But when you travel east, your day is shortened; and makes it harder to adjust, because your body has to cut its natural cycle even further, Jain says.

Research suggests you can push your body clock back about two hours per day, meaning that you can adjust from Washington time to Colorado time in a single day, but you can move your body clock forward (as when you travel from California to Washington) only by an hour to an hour and a half each 24-hour period, Jain says.

Re-Timer is a natural therapy device used to combat the effects of jet lag.

Read these tips to help reduce jet lag

The information contained on this website is not intended to be used as medical information or as a substitute for your own health professional’s advice. As a matter of good practice we recommend you seek the advice of your health professional before selecting a light device.

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Trouble waking in the morning? http://re-timer.com/trouble-waking-morning/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=trouble-waking-morning http://re-timer.com/trouble-waking-morning/#comments Tue, 25 Feb 2014 05:39:35 +0000 http://re-timer.com/?p=2184 Trouble waking in the morning may be a sign of a delayed circadian rhythm. If you lie awake in bed for an extended period of time before you are able to fall asleep, then you may not be able to get sufficient duration of sleep throughout the night. As a result, you struggle to wake […]

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Trouble waking in the morning may be a sign of a delayed circadian rhythm.

If you lie awake in bed for an extended period of time before you are able to fall asleep, then you may not be able to get sufficient duration of sleep throughout the night. As a result, you struggle to wake up in the morning.

Re-timing your circadian rhythm to an earlier time (falling asleep earlier) can be achieved through the use of green light. Green light has been shown in university trials to be the most effective wavelength in re-timing the circadian clock.

Re-Timer has taken the latest knowledge from the field of sleep science and applied this into a wearable light therapy technology. Re-Timer, when worn for 50 minutes in the morning for 4 days may help you advance your body clock to an earlier time. This increases duration of sleep because it allows you to fall asleep earlier.

Re-Timer comes with a 30 day money back guarantee to all customers.

The information contained on this website is not intended to be used as medical information or as a substitute for your own health professional’s advice. As a matter of good practice we recommend you seek the advice of your health professional before selecting a light device.

For further information about delayed sleep phase disorder:

wikipedia

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Is Re-Timer worn during sleep? http://re-timer.com/re-timer-worn-sleep/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=re-timer-worn-sleep http://re-timer.com/re-timer-worn-sleep/#comments Thu, 20 Feb 2014 00:12:30 +0000 http://re-timer.com/?p=2159 Is Re-Timer worn during sleep? Byron asked, how will Re-Timer stay on my face if I have to wear it during sleep? We’d like to clarify that Re-Timer is not worn whilst sleeping. Re-Timer is worn either in the morning upon waking or 1-2 hours before bed time, depending on whether you are trying to […]

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Is Re-Timer worn during sleep?

Byron asked, how will Re-Timer stay on my face if I have to wear it during sleep?

We’d like to clarify that Re-Timer is not worn whilst sleeping.

Re-Timer is worn either in the morning upon waking or 1-2 hours before bed time, depending on whether you are trying to sleep earlier or later.

To receive the full benefits of light therapy you must be awake with your eyes open.

If you need some help determining the best time to wear Re-Timer, visit our sleep calculator page.

Or contact us at support@re-timer.com and we’ll be happy to assist.

Thank-you for your question Byron, we hope this helps to explain how Re-Timer is worn.

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