Did you know that around 20% of women who have given birth suffer from some level of the baby blues?
Becoming a parent brings a wide range of emotions, such as joy and excitement to stress, anxiety and apprehension. During this period though, both parents may experience disturbed circadian rhythms and sleep cycles leaving them irritable, lacking energy and variable mood state. Bright light therapy can help overcome these symptoms.
Bright Light Therapy & Postpartum Depression Research
Bright light therapy is widely known to be a solution for the Winter Blues (Seasonal Affective Disorder). However, per an initial pilot study at the University of Michigan, the Re-Timer home-wearable light therapy glasses was found to be potentially feasible for postpartum depression.
Globalisation has given rise to the 24-hour work culture.
More and more people around the world are working night shifts.
Working during the night is not the same as working during the day as the biological clock and circadian rhythms are significantly impacted leading to higher levels of fatigue and reduced alertness.
The Wellcome Trust UK, enlisted the Liminal Space to explore the subject of sleep and shift workers and, how to makeshift workers healthier. This research project was supported by the University of Oxford and Co-Op. The result of this research is Night Club – a community and unique physical space where Co-op warehouse operatives came together to learn, discuss and engage through innovative educational activities and experiences, including expert clinics, light-based experiments using Re-Timers, chronotype activities, midnight feast meals and an immersive sleep haven. The engagement intervention was designed to inform and empower a workforce facing multiple challenges. Positively, 85% of Night Club attendees reported that they had learned new information about sleep and their own sleep health during the process.
There is substantial evidence that Light Therapy is very effective in improving sleep patterns and overcome fatigue during work.
Re-Timer is a must-have tool for all shift workers to ensure they achieve healthy sleep levels, remain alert and active at work (resulting in increased safety at work). It can be extremely beneficial if you are someone who drives back home during the early morning hours to wear Re-Timer during your shift break and at least for 15 minutes before you start driving. (Re-Timer shouldn’t be used while driving and/or while operating any machinery/equipment).