The Device That Can Help You Get Over Jet Lag
Eminent American television presenter, Dick Clark, once said: “Jet lag is for amateurs.” For frequent travelers, however, jet lag is a real concern. It can take days to get over, and induce severe fatigue, irritability, headaches and nausea.
There is a degree of romanticism attached to being a frequent business traveler. You get to travel the world, meet people from different cultures, and, perhaps most importantly, do it all for free. In a recent study looking at ‘hypermobility,’ however, it was found that frequent business travelers are exposed to an unhealthy level of radiation, which can damage their immune system.
While the rise of tablets, smartphones and video conferencing allows employees to communicate from different offices around the world without being in the same physical space, it hasn’t reduced the amount of corporate travel that takes place. In fact, statistics show that the amount of money being spent on corporate travel is increasing year-on-year.
This increase in demand has seen long-haul flights become commonplace, further highlighting the need for a solution to awake the tired business traveler. An employee’s performance, after all, will only diminish if they’re consumed with jet lag. Therefore, there’s a real emphasis on companies to find a way to negate this problem.
A recent study by Stanford University looked directly at this issue. It demonstrated how exposing a person to short flashes of light during sleep – called Bright Light Therapy - could minimise these effects. By manipulating levels of melatonin in the body, there was a significant speed-up in the process of the body adjusting to the new time zone it’s entered.
Neuroon, a wearable device that was launched in December 2015, will be using this principle, and will provide jet lag therapy for its users. The device combines brain wave and pulse measurement technology with a sleeping mask to provide the therapy. It employs four separate biometric sensors, which allow the user to measure many elements of their sleep cycle.
As mentioned, the glamour attached to hypermobility often allows its negative aspects to be pushed under the rug. The trend’s darker side – which sees increased exposure to radiation, not to mention fewer opportunities to keep fit – makes it a wider issue than just jet lag.
The problems directly associated with jet lag, however, like fatigue, nausea and headaches, if only in the short-term, can have a real impact on the individual, and therefore their work once they’ve landed. A device like the Neuroon, while unlikely to be a miracle cure, could have a positive impact on business performance by reducing these negative side effects.
If the Neuroon proves successful, it also demonstrates the potential for mobile applications and wearable devices to have a business impact outside of traditional use cases. It also goes to show that while you might be a little jealous of your jet setting colleagues, you should harbor some concern as well.