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Light Therapy: Overcoming and Beating Jet Lag

The best way in preventing or beating jet lag is to use light therapy. As told by Emirates Airlines Group President Maurice Flanagan, our body clock is regulated by exposure to light and “spending time under artificial light is reckoned to starve the brain of the stimulus needed to regulate the clock”.

Philips goLight Jet Lag Light Therapy Research has shown that the best way in how to deal with jet lag is to manage our exposure to light. You want to time the exposure of light you get to the destination you are arriving in. The Litebook or Philips goLite are travel lights that can help you regulate your body clock.

You can find a jet lag calculator here which will tell you what times you want to avoid and seek light before departing helping you in overcoming jet lag.

An alternative would be to fly with an airline that understands the effects lighting can have on our body clocks. Emirates Airlines has used cabin airplane lights to simulate daylight and night at passengers’ destinations since 2004. Now more planes will be adopting the jet lag light therapy method as the new Boeing Dreamliner 787 incorporates an LED system designed specifically for it.

 

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Airplane Lighting Design: The Best Way of Preventing Jet Lag

 

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Airplane Lighting Design: The Best Way of Preventing Jet Lag

It is well known that lighting plays a major role in maintaining the body clock. So onboard cabin lighting can help passengers in preventing jet lag. That is why airplanes are beginning to incorporate cabin lighting systems. The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which has just finished flight testing (Aug 2011) and will soon be used by airlines, has incorporated an LED system simulates daylight and a nighttime sky.

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

It is quite surprising it has taken this long for everyone else to jump onto cabin light therapy to help passengers, when Emirates Airlines has had this sort of airplane lighting since 2004 (read more about it here: Emirates: The Pioneers of Using Cabin Airplane Lights to Avoid Jet Lag).

LED lights allow for very slow fades, which simulates a more realistic sunrise and sunset onboard a plane. This slow fade allows passengers to fall asleep and wake up more naturally while on a flight – preventing jet lag. The lights are programmed to match the time of the destination, so when passengers arrive their body clocks will be more in sync and less tired.

Read our post for travel lights you can buy here: Light Therapy: Overcoming and Beating Jet Lag

Lighting is the main factor in battling jetlag, but there are a few other areas in which Boeing has redesigned to help passengers feel more refreshed when arriving at their destination.

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Other ways of how to prevent jet lag and feel more relaxed onboard:

    • Cleaner air with better air filtration system
    • Higher levels of humidity
    • The pressure within the 787 plane is 6,000 feet instead of 8,000 which gives people onboard 10% more oxygen

source: Science Daily

 

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Light Architect: Using Darkness as a Canvas For Light [TED Talk]

Lighting architect Rogier van der Heide talks about the importance of darkness in this fascinating talk at TEDx Amsterdam. He talks about lighting design in terms of natural light in architecture, the beautiful dynamics of the sun and how we can bring it into buildings to enhance our lives, and touches upon the future of integrating lighting into our lives with color light therapy.

 

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