Free Newsletters - Space News - Defense Alert - Environment Report - Energy Monitor
by Staff Writers
Adelaide, Australia (UPI) Nov 23, 2012
Australian researchers say a wearable pair of "sun" glasses that imitates sunlight patterns could reduce jet lag and help insomnia sufferers and shift workers.
Scientists at Flinders University in Adelaide say the glasses emit a soft green glow to target a part of the brain that regulates the human body clock to help a traveler adapt to changing sleep patterns and time zones in "small steps," Britain's The Daily Telegraph reported Thursday.
The light from the glasses can change the behavior of a gland at the base of the brain that controls the body clock, causing it to send signals to the rest of the body to help it slowly realize it is in a different area of the world.
These signals that trigger the production of hormones and regulate daily cycles known as circadian rhythms can be affected by the battery-powered glasses dubbed Re-Timers, researchers said.
"These rhythms vary regularly over a 24-hour cycle," chief inventor Lean Lack said. "However, this process is often impaired by staying indoors, traveling to other time zones, working irregular hours or a lack of sunlight during winter months."
Aerospace News at SpaceMart.com
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement|