Travel frequently and suffer from jet lag?
Do you have issues with seasonal affective disorder (SAD)?
Need to get your circadian rhythm in sync?
How about a mid day energy boost, especially on a gloomy day?
This might be just the thing… read on!
I recently discovered the HumanCharger after my husband had talked to Valkee’s CEO, Aki Backman and their social media specialist, Jari Koponen at the Bullet proof conference in Pasadena, CA in October 2015.
Benefits and Use
Be in sync
No, I am not talking about the band! Stay focused here! Jeez, maybe you should check your circadian rhythms…
Back in the day of Groc, as Mark Sisson likes to call paleolithic era people, peeps did not have electricity, computers, cell phones and the like surging and pulsating 24 / 7. Nor did Groc travel around the world for vacations or business trips is a swift airplane crossing multiple times zones in a matter of hours ultimately affecting our circadian rhythms.
As many of us have experienced, when our physiological rhythms are out of sych, we notice our sleep, appetite, mood, focus, and immune system are less than optimal which then affects our work, relationships, and so on.
Our circadian rhythms are dependent upon the light detected by your eyes and skin. When you are exposed to any day light or blue type of light (sunlight, computers, digital clocks, street lights, TV’s), your body detects that it is daytime and that you should be awake. When there is an absence of this light, your body detects that it is night and secretes hormones to ready you for a restful slumber. Lack of a restful slumber and not enough of it negatively impacts your physiology showing up as mood swings, getting sick easier, lack of focus and so on.
When you travel across time zones, your body is not used to the light it is detecting at the times it is shining. When you try to play along with the new time zone, sleeping when it is dark and waking when it is light, you can experience jet lag for several days, let alone flying back to your home time zone and readjusting.
This device is supposed to aid in re-synching your circadian rhythms to decrease the effects of jet lag by at least half as shown in this study published in an issue of Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance in vol. 86 no. 4 of April 2015.
55 subjects participated in this study, half received light treatment, half received a placebo. The participants traveled by plane from Finland to North America. They spent 1 week in North America before traveling back to Finland. Once arriving in Finland, the participants were exposed to a HumanCharger type device 4 times per day at particular times, and viola, the treatment group recovered from jet lag twice as fast as the placebo group.
How do you use the HumanCharger?
According to the Valkee Planning your trip with HumanCharger manual, you would use this device beginning 2-3 days prior to traveling to the new times zone at 12 minutes per session.
2-3 day prior to travel, use the HumanCharger when you wake up and try to move your bedtime 30-60 minutes earlier for 2-3 days prior to travel.
Once you have reached your destination, use the device first thing in the morning and early afternoon totaling 4 times during the day at 2 hour intervals.
For example: Wake up at 7 AM and use the HumanCharger, then again at 9 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM for 12 minutes pe session. Repeat on the following days until you feel you are recovered.
2-3 day prior to travel, use the HumanCharger in the evening and move your bedtime 30-60 minutes later. When you arrive at your destination, use the HumanCharger from late afternoon to evening 4 times at 12 minutes per session.
For example: At your destination, use the charger at 3 PM, 5 PM, 7 PM and 9 PM destination local time. Repeat for as many days as necessary to feel jet lag free.
Is there an app for that?
Um yeah! It’s called “HumanCharger.”
This app will tell you the ideal trip-specific instructions and reminders. Cool! I haven’t used this but it sounds neat.
So next time you are traveling around the world, consider the Human Charger in your arsenal of tools to recoup quicker and get back on track.
What about the non-traveler?
Early Wake Up
If you have to wake up a bit earlier than normal, plug this bad boy into your ears for 12 minutes and eliminate the usually fogginess of early waking. In my case… when my kids feel the need to be up at 5 am :/