Retimer Resets Body Clock to Avoid Jet Lag

July 23, 2013 by


Jet lag symptoms can plague the first days of a trip when you cross two or more time zones. As the body clock struggles to adjust, it’s not unusual to experience insomnia, early waking, daytime fatigue, trouble concentrating and more.

Over the years, people have come up with solutions to combat these symptoms without much success, and now technology introduces the Retimer light device for those who don’t want to waste time trying to adjust to jet lag.

How the Retimer Works

The Retimer uses light therapy to realign the body clock to optimize sleep for frequent flyers. The device looks like a set of goggles straight out of a futuristic sci-fi novel.

The Retimer is based on 25 years of university research by leading sleep psychologists, followed by 2 years of product development. The lightweight device is worn like a pair of glasses and fits over reading glasses, too.

The Retimer mimics the benefits of sunlight, but is 100% UV free. Sunlight gives our body the cue that regulates sleeping and waking patterns. The Retimer emits light that mimics sunlight which adjusts your body clock a little at a time.

Light received by photoreceptors in our eyes signal our brain that it is time to be awake. The problem with traveling across time zones is that we don’t get the daily bright light we need to maintain our body clock or our energy levels.

Re-timer light therapy


Benefits of Wearing the Retimer

The Retimer light therapy helps reduce jet lag by “retiming” the body clock in small steps before you travel. In general, wearers will note a change in the body clock after about 3 days of use. ¬†The gentle light source does not inhibit reading or working.

Will It Fit?

Not everyone has the same size head. If your head is slightly larger than average, or you have a small head, the Retimer is made from a material that flexes and contours to the head.

Overall it is designed to fit 95% of the population. However, it is not suitable for children younger that 13 years of age as their eyes do not filter light in the same way as an adults. For more information, visit the Retimer official website.

Photo credits: David Berkowitz, David Berkowitz

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  1. Ruby T. says:

    While this might help for a few hours in a crunch, there is no real substitute for sleep when the body demands it!

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