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Mathematicians claim they’ve solved jetlag: with an app

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Posted in Science on 12th Apr, 2014 02:31 AM by AlexMuller

Mathematicians say they’ve packed the solution to jetlag into a simple iPhone app. The University of Michigan says the new free app, Entrain, will help users synchronize their “circadian rhythms with the outside hour” eliminating that intense sleepy feeling travelers get when they cross time zones.

 
While the app’s foundations are built on the findings of doctoral students at Yale University, Entrain looks remarkably easy to use: It just tells you when to adjust the light of your surroundings (from light to dark or vice versa), based on your destination’s time zone. According to the University of Michigan:
 
“Start by entering your typical hours of light and darkness in your current time zone, then choose the time zone you’re traveling to and when, as well as the brightest light you expect to spend the most time in during your trip (indoor or outdoor.) The app offers a specialized plan and predicts how long it will take you to adjust.”

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-12
+3
Very interesting. It would be good to find out what user experiences are like and could this or a similar app help to guide sleep schedules for those with sleep problems Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-12
+2
So many free apps - many very useful! i believe that this one is going to help as it connects users to lighting schedules and light is the primary driving input to the circadian clock.
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-12
+3
Well, the app makes recommendations for behavior- how easy this is going to be to follow? This will be critical for the success of this app. Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-12
+3
Tackling timing of sleep in general, for people with sleep problems, is very important. What is very interesting is that both short and excessively long sleep durations appear to activate genes related to depressive symptoms- so there is a need for an optimum of 6-8 hours! Reply


 

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