Interrupted sleep is when our sleep is studded with prolonged periods of waking up throughout the night, usually at least four times over the course of eight hours. This condition can be caused by a sudden shift in routine (for example, a new baby in the house), travel, unexpected noises (such as a party at your neighbor’s house or a partner’s snoring), bathroom trips, menopause or other health issues or racing thoughts.
Experiencing interrupted sleep can have negative consequences on our overall health. During the night, your body progresses through different stages of sleep. If one stage is interrupted, your body has to reset and start going through the stages again, meaning you may never get to the deep, restorative sleep that occurs during later stages.
Even just one night of interrupted sleep can negatively affect your mood and cause you to experience a decline in attention span. Interrupted sleep can slow your reaction speed and make it harder to learn or remember things. It can also lead to a buildup of amyloid proteins in the body, which are linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
Travel can cause a severe type of sleep interruption we know as jet lag, also known as circadian desynchrony, a sleep disorder in which there is a mismatch with the body’s natural circadian rhythm and the external environment as a result of rapid travel across multiple time zones. This common problem affects all age groups but may have more pronounced effects on the elderly, whose recovery rate is slower than that in young adults. Even worse is when your baseline sleep at home is already affected, the negative effects of jet lag can be even more pronounced.
A multitude of factors, such as the number of time zones crossed and the direction and timing of flights, play a role in the severity of symptoms experienced by travelers. You may notice some are affected more than others because there is much individual variability in each person’s ability to adapt. Travelers usually experience symptoms after air travel across at least two time zones. Symptoms may include disturbed sleep, daytime fatigue, decreased ability to perform mental and physical tasks, reduced alertness, and headaches. Sleep disturbances typically last for a few days, but they can persist for as long as one week if the change in time zones is greater than eight hours. Eastward travel is associated with a longer duration of jet lag than westward travel. More serious side effects have included cognitive deficits, gastrointestinal disturbances, and an increased risk of cancer, infertility, and heart disease. And as you may have experienced, as the body’s internal circadian “clock” adapts to the new time zone, jet lag diminishes.
It’s not surprising that in view of this information, techies have been eager to develop the best products for delivering light or sleep therapy to the public and especially road warriors. The 2019 Las Vegas CES had many exhibitors doing just that: showing their versions of light therapy in all shapes and sizes hoping to provide the best cure for jet lag or just providing ways to get you sleeping better even before you go. If you understand the things that affect your sleep and work on improving it even before you leave for that great getaway, your ability to minimize jet lag and adjust your sleep schedule will be even better!
Today we will focus on how temperature affects your baseline sleep quality and how regulating temperature can help you phase shift your sleep for travel.
The OOLER arrives well-packaged in a large box with individual units boxed within it. The ribbon pulls to help remove the components is appreciated and makes for easy unboxing.
With the quick set up guide, assembly is simple. Step by step instruction are provided and the in depth manual can be used if you don’t understand something or have an FAQ. WE found the quick start guide to be SIMPLE!
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I am a travel maniac! Because I travel so much around the world, I look for solutions to make my travel easier. I get asked all the time about the travel gadgets I use or my recommended items. It makes me happy to share these things with you to make healthy and meaningful travel happen!