A “wearable tech device” called a “Lumos Smart Sleep Mask” claims to cure jet lag. That’s quite a claim. so naturally, I had to research it.
Jamie Zietzer is a Stanford researcher who studies the relationship between sleep and light. He wants to use one second of light pulses of light while sleeping to cure your jet lag.
In his startup founded by Zietzer and other Stanford researchers, a sleep mask has been developed by LumosTech that emits the light while a person sleeps which developers claim “make people feel tired three hours earlier or later per use, making it easier for travelers to adjust to a new sleep schedule”.
Through millisecond pulses of light, the masks stimulate light sensitive nerves to affect users’ circadian rhythms without waking them. Though a few other companies utilize light to treat jet lag, this is the only one that works while you’re sleeping. Zeithzer’s technology has shifted the sleep cycles to THREE hours.
“It doesn’t preclude you from getting the seven to nine hours of sleep you’re supposed to get, but we can shift when that seven to nine hours happen,” said Vanessa Burns, LumosTech CEO and Ph.D. candidate at the School of Medicine.
According to Burns, travelers naturally recover from jet lag one hour per day. LumosTech hopes to cut that time into a third. A typical visit in London, which is eight hours ahead of California, could take a week to adjust to the new time zone. The mask claims to cure that jet lag in a few days.
Zeitzer and his four scientists are planning to further the three-hour time shift, hopefully quicker than one second at a time.
I see international travel in my future.