Long-Haul Flights

Imagine if you had to take a 15-hour flight from London to Asia.

Even if you could fly first class, and didn’t have to endure cramped seats, bad airline food, screaming babies and plague-stricken seatmates, the reality of arriving in a country where the times are almost completely reversed is enough to ruin the first few days of your holiday.

And the dismal reality of jet lag is even worse if you’re traveling for business, where you don’t have the luxury to adjust to the new time zone. For years, frequent travelers have had to deal with jet lag brought on by rapid time zone changes and accept it as an inevitable downside to air travel.

But now, thanks to a little technological wizardry, there's a revolutionary solution at hand that could make jet lag a thing of the past. It’s called Neuroon, and it promises to help sleep disruption, fatigue and poor concentration through light therapy.

Neuroon—the first intelligent sleep mask. Credit: Neuroon

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For best results, the makers of Neuroon advise users to begin using it a few days leading up to their trip. The idea is to help travelers adjust their bio-rhythm even before they travel.

In a recent Stanford University study, it was shown that exposure to short flashes of light during sleep could be the key to minimizing the effects of jet lag. The light helps manipulate the levels of melatonin in the body, allowing the body’s circadian rhythm to adjust more efficiently to the new time zone.

Users have to wear a sleeping mask that can be controlled via Bluetooth using a Neuroon app and a smart-pack containing biometric sensors and electronics. Using the mobile app, you simply have to set your travel destination so the mask can fine-tune the light therapy needed to minimize the effects of jet lag as you sleep. The entire system also records your entire sleeping pattern to provide a detailed analysis and, based on that, offer advice on how your sleep can be can be improved.

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