Somnitude Inc. is excited to announce the release of Chronoshift – a mobile application that helps people travel without jet lag.
For millions of people jet lag is an unwelcome companion while travelling. Symptoms of jet lag include headaches, insomnia and fatigue and can often ruin the first few days of a trip.
Chronoshift aims to reduce the effects of jet lag by adjusting the biological clock (or circadian rhythm) in the days preceding the trip. Chronoshift takes as input the trip details and uses an advanced algorithm to generate an optimal sleep-wake schedule to make the transition as easy as possible.
The app is ideal for anyone who travels a lot and needs to be alert after arriving at their...
Shift work refers to any work that occurs outside of regular daytime hours (8 AM to 5 PM), and also involves irregular, on call, and rotating shifts. In 2005, approximately 28% of 14.6 million Canadian workers worked some type of irregular shift.
Industries where shift work is common include healthcare (doctors, nurses and hospital staff), services (police, fast food and commercial workers) and transportation (airline staff and truckers).
Working against natural biological clocks could have a detrimental impact on shift workers both physically and mentally. Shift work was categorized as a Class 2A Carcinogen by the World Health Organization in 2007. In addition, studies have shown that night shift workers have almost twice the risk of being injured when compared to regular workers.
We’ve all heard about the infamous 'beauty sleep'. Sleep may be the closest thing to a fountain of youth, but how much truth is there to this statement? A recent study conducted at Stockholm University and Karolinska Institute sheds some interesting insight into the relationship between sleep and appearance.
25 healthy participants were photographed once after receiving the standard 8-hours of sleep for 2 consecutive nights, and a second time receiving only 4-hours of sleep for 2 consecutive nights – all else equal. Following the photo session, they rated their sleepiness ranging from 1 (extremely alert) to 9 (extremely sleepy) .
Separately 122 individuals; who were not aware of the purpose of the study and not a student of psychology rated 50 facial photos of the participants on a scale concerning their sociability, trustworthiness, attractiveness, and health. The same subject was never shown twice...
We are excited to announce that Somnitude will participate in the Beyond Lighting Conference to be held at the University of Toronto, from May 2 - 4.
The conference will feature talks and workshops by leading academics and industry experts in the area of lighting science. Of particular interest for us is the focus of this years theme on lighting for human health benefits.
The keynote address will be provided by Dr. Marie Dumont, who is Canada's pre-eminent researcher on the intersection on light, sleep and cognition. She is the Scientific Director of the Centre for Advanced Research in Sleep Medicine (CARSM) at Sacre-Coeur Hospital of Montreal, and a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Montreal.
The Conference is hosted by the Sustainable Smart Lighting Network (SSLNet) which is Canada's largest and most active lighting network....
It can be tricky finding the right pair of blue light filtering eyewear. There are many things to consider; including cost, style, spectral transmittance and comfort. With many potential companies offering products, it’s difficult for the customer to truly understand which company offers the best solution for them.
That’s why a website dedicated to eye strain solutions, Glarminy, recently conducted an overview of all the major blue light filtering eyewear products on the market. Glarminy conducted a review based the number of different blue blocking lenses and spectral transmittance specifications. They considered the following products:
We are happy to note that Blue Block Glasses did very well on the ranking metrics. We scored 14 out of 36 and were ranked the 8th under the recommendations with a...
Scientists have long known that sleep and mental are interconnected. A recent study shows that using blue light filtering eyewear in the evening hours could improve mental health.
First some facts on sleep. Based on a 2016 survey of 2000 Canadian adults :
These are alarming statistics and indicate that sleep related problems are increasing in severity.
Mental health issues are also on the rise, a recent study showed 20% of Canadians would personally experience a mental health illness in their lifetime, and approximately 8% of adults would experience major depression at some time in their lives .
The prevailing and longstanding view is that sleep problems are often the causes and symptoms of psychiatric disorders. However, growing evidence is suggesting that the relationship between sleep and mental health is more complex, and includes bi-directional causation. Recent studies...
If you sleep for about 8 hours per night, it means you will spend approximately 229,961 hours or 26.2 years of your life asleep! That is very a long time. Yet if you ask people a basic question: why do you sleep? you probably won’t get a satisfactory answer. This article is part of a series called “Sleep 101” that aims to answer some common questions people have about sleep.
To understand the purpose of sleep, we start by looking at it's function and the underlying biological changes that occur during sleep.
Although we are still not exactly sure why we sleep there are a few main theories that are supported within the scientific and medical communities.
A key function associated with sleep is Memory Consolidation, which refers to the formation of long-term memories as we sleep . As neurons build connections with other...
Since our blog post titled ‘How Effective is your Blue Light Filter - Test Your Glasses with this Graphic’ we’ve received a lot of questions from people curious to learn more. Often times, people have purchased glasses from a source and are not certain if they are truly blue light filtering and if they are – how effective.
So we decided to design another graphic to help our readers test their glasses. But first, we’ll go through a little background on how color is displayed and perceived. The image below illustrates a simple Red Green Blue (RGB) color model that most should be familiar with.
Source : Wikimedia Commons
The above image shows an...
Almost 35% of Canadian children suffer from some type of sleep related issue. Common sleep conditions are pediatric insomnia, delayed sleep onset, frequent night awakenings and difficulty falling asleep or returning to sleep.
Use of electronic devices before bed time is known to cause sleep disruption
In order to better understand how parents address these issues, The Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) conducted a survey in 2015 titled The Usage of Sleep-Promoting Medication in Children. They asked parents and caregivers about their use of both over-the-counter and prescription medication in aiding their child with sleep.
Out of 346 survey responses: