Monday, March 7, 2016

Light therapy to reduce jet lag?

For the frequent flyers, jet lag is often a bane to be dealt with. Especially so when you need all the vigour and attention to be in tune with things the moment you land.

We came across an article on The Business Times dated 04 March 2016 where the A350s airplanes being delivered to SIA has employed suitable lighting designs to reduce jet lag for passengers.

Airbus A350 interior lighting 

Airbus A350 interior lighting 

That prompted us to explore more in depth how lighting designs can really reduce jet lag.

Factors causing jet lag;
1. Body clock can't adjust to different time zone
2. Body and mind being awake at the wrong timing during flight

Morning sun rise in Tibet

Gathering information from numerous reports, the most effective and free solution is to immerse yourself in natural light. Lighting itself will sub consciously adjust our mental frame work. Directly, it affects our physiology and behaviour is little ways to bring our body and mind to same momentum.

If you touch down in between 3 - 5am and feeling awake, you might want to give yourself a good work out in the outdoors. Yes you may still feel tired towards the mid day,  but you sure recover 1 day earlier than most who tries to sleep it out immediately.


References:
1. http://www.lumie.com/blogs/quick-guides/6302492-beat-jet-lag-with-light-therapy
2. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-to-prevent-jet-lag/
3. https://www.flickr.com/photos/travelingmipo/10573495343
4. http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2014/11/17/key-factors-that-affect-jet-lag/
5. http://www.airbus.com/aircraftfamilies/comfort/lighting/

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