Meet the smart app designed to beat jet lag
There's nothing more strenuous than dealing with jet lag after barely surviving a day's worth of flight mode. It's an unfortunate price to pay when the sleep-wake and light-dark cycle has shifted too quickly for the 24-hour clock in your brain to adapt. You're constantly tired, you can't sleep well or on time. Unfortunately, we've been there and done that.
But here's a piece of uplifting news: there's an app out there, called Timeshifter, that's been designed to help travellers cope with the dampening effects of jet lag. It was invented in collaboration with Steven Lockley, Ph.D., an associate professor of medicine and an expert in circadian disorders at Harvard Medical School.
The key to the app? All about personalising it to your needs. "The problems caused by jet lag cannot be tackled using generic advice, which is oversimplistic and can often be counterproductive, making jet lag worse," Lockley commented. "Each traveller and trip is different and requires a personalised approach — taking your sleep pattern, chronotype, flight plan, and a range of personal preferences into account."
First, enter your name, gender, age and the regular times that you usually fall asleep and wake up in your country of residence. Indicating lifestyle preferences such as whether you need a caffeine boost or if you're generally a night owl can help the app learn more about your default disposition. If you're keen, you can also start adjusting before you travel.
Then, it's time to enter your first trip. Timeshifter will prompt you with tips on what to start doing, to effortlessly adjust to the local time. Whether it be avoiding sleeping mid-flight, taking a nap at a certain time or abstaining from caffeine for a few days, the app will be your best counsel even while on flight mode. Not away for long? Its unique Quick Turnaround feature can be activated to get yourself sorted during brief business trips.
Remaining fully functional while halfway around the world might just be possible with the right tech.
While jet lag plans on the Timeshifter app are available individually at USD9.99 or at an annual subscription fee at USD24.99, hotel guests of Six Senses Hotel & Resorts (as their official hotel partner) will be able to receive complimentary access to the service.