Light Therapy and Jet Lag

Light Therapy and Jet Lag

Jet lag can be a major problem when traveling abroad whether you’re going on holiday or for work. It takes your body one day per time zone to adjust. Putting that in perspective, if you’re going on holiday to California for a week, you’ll still be suffering from jet lag by the time you leave. 

Jet lag, or dysrhythmia, occurs after east-west air travel when your body clock isn’t synchronised with your new time zone. It can disrupt more than 50 physiological and psychological rhythms. Unfortunately it also gets worse with age particularly after age 50. Unaided, it takes your body one day per time zone to readjust. It may take 2 to 3 weeks to completely realign your rhythms. Until recently, jet lag was dismissed as merely an unpleasant side effect of air travel. New research suggests that it may also cause memory loss, shrinkage of parts of the brain and negative side effects on blood pressure. The good news is: it can now be virtually eliminated.

Clinical research conducted at NASA and elsewhere demonstrates that with a properly timed exposure to bright light in specific wavelengths, and a similarly timed avoidance of light, it is possible to safely and efficiently shift our body clock up to 6 time zones in 1 day, and up to 12 time zones in 2 days. With proper use of light therapy your energy, mood, concentration, performance and sleep patterns can all be reset to your new time zone in as little as 60 minutes.

What is special about the light therapy in preventing jet-lag?

Traditionally, light therapy meant sitting in front of a large light-box (about the size of a regular mirror) and looking directly into it for an hour. While effective, it was awkward, boring and time consuming. Thankfully, the light therapy glasses are revolutionising light therapy and making it quick and incredibly easy.

The glasses size and built-in rechargeable battery means it can be used anywhere; on a train, aero plane, or simply at your  desk or table at home or work.  You are free to get on with other things such as eating breakfast  or reading a newspaper. It has never been so easy to get the light you need into your routine.

How to use light therapy glasses in preventing jet-lag?

  • TRAVELING EAST: Seek bright light in the morning (destination time).
  • TRAVELING WEST: Seek bright light in the evening (destination time).
  • TYPICAL EXPOSURE TIME: Day of travel – 30 to 60 minutes. Second day – 15 to 30 minutes.

LIGHT AVOIDANCE: Avoid bright light (sunlight) at specific times. This is just AS IMPORTANT as seeking bright light at specific times.

If you receive exposure to bright light at the wrong time, you WILL make your jet lag worse – your body clock could end up Tokyo time instead of Paris time! It is not critical to avoid interior light, such as in a hotel room, office, or restaurant, although many frequent travellers report best results when they avoid any source of light during specified times.

What is Art?

What is Art?

Thankfully this question can never be answered.  For centuries, art has been classified and labeled.  There have been periods, schools, visions, techniques…..  By breaking with traditional classifications, WELLSENSE would like to present a fresh and original approach to art and a celebration of this rich and muti-faceted culture.  So no!  Art shall not be defined. There are no rules.

Art is another way of making sense of the world.  In your home, choose a piece of art that you really like and have it somewhere/anywhere you can see it every day, just hanging around, loitering in your life, as opposed to grandly! on show.  Remember you are only trying to impress yourself.

Art can be anything that makes you feel good, that lifts your heart, that brings you comfort.  For me, it is the image of a piece of luggage lingering in my hallway, waiting to wheel me out to explore my world.  Luggage turns me on.

For you, it might be a painting, a sculpture, a piece you picked up at a market, in a junk store, an object that reminds you of your childhood.   If it reminds you of a personal memory,  If it means something to you, if it evokes positive thoughts and wellbeing, if it touches you, it is art!  it is your art.

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
Pablo Picasso

The aim of the artist is usually to create a piece the excites our senses.  They try to dig deep into our psyche, our primitive side.  Naturally each of us responds differently based on our unique likes/dislikes, life experience, but when we succeed in harmonising with a piece of art, it is like a key unlocking our inner selves.

We all have a creative spark and let no one tell you otherwise.  For human beings are naturally creative people.  Creativity is often left up to artists and taken out of everyday life….of living.  It can manifest itself daily in the most simplest of tasks such as writing a letter, arranging some freshly picked flowers,  dressing a table for dinner, dressing yourself for dinner, undressing yourself in the name of…..


Does Your Sleep Position Reveal Your Personality?

Does Your Sleep Position Reveal Your Personality?

Professor Chris Idzikowski, Director of the Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service at the Edinburgh Sleep Centre in Scotland, has analyzed six common sleeping positions and found that each is linked to a particular personality type.

“We are all aware of our body language when we are awake but this is the first time we have been able to see what our subconscious posture says about us. What’s interesting is that the profile behind the posture is often very different from what we would expect.”

Following are Professor Idzikowski’s findings, based on a survey taken by 1,000 participants.

The Fetus (41%)

Those who curl up in the fetal position are described as tough on the outside but sensitive at heart. They may be shy when they first meet somebody, but soon relax. This is the most common sleeping position, adopted by 41 percent of the survey participants. More than twice as many women as men tend to adopt this position.

The Log (15%)

The log is characterized by lying on your side with both arms down by your side. These sleepers are easygoing, social people who like being part of the in-crowd. They are trusting of strangers; however, they may be gullible.

The Yearner (13%)

People who sleep on their side with both arms out in front are said to have an open nature, but can be suspicious or cynical. They are slow to make up their minds, but once they have made a decision, they are unlikely ever to change it.

The Soldier (8%)

This position is characterized by lying on your back with both arms pinned to your sides. People who sleep in this position are generally quiet and reserved. They don’t like a fuss, but hold themselves and others to high standards.

The Freefall (7%)

People who lie on their front with their hands around the pillow and head turned to one side are often gregarious and brash. They can be nervy and thin-skinned underneath, and they don’t like criticism or extreme situations.

The remainder of those in the poll said the position in which they fell asleep varied or they did not know.