Sleep Disorders | Sleep Review
Timeshifter, the circadian technology company best known for one of the most downloaded jet lag apps in the world, announced the launch of a new circadian app for shift workers at the Global Wellness Summit.
The new app should be used by shift workers regardless of their respective work schedule. When a shift worker imports their schedule and enters their sleep pattern, chronotype and personal preferences, the app offers personalized advice to address the underlying circadian and sleep disorder problem. Through personalized advice, Timeshifter will help shift workers increase their safety and productivity while improving their quality of life, according to a statement from the company.
“Our plan has always been to go beyond jet lag to solve other major, previously unsolved circadian problems,” said Mickey Beyer-Clausen, co-founder and CEO of Timeshifter, in a press release. “With almost 700 million people working shifts and struggling with irregular hours, we cannot ignore the many negative consequences that shift work causes.”
A winner of the National Sleep Foundation’s 2019 SleepTech Award for “Best App,” one of Health Magazine’s 2020 Sleep Awards, and a Phocuswright 2019 Innovator, Timeshifter’s jet lag app is one of the most downloaded and highly rated jet lag apps in the world . Based on more than 70,000 post-flight surveys, travelers who followed Timeshifter’s advice were 17 times less likely to have severe jet lag compared to travelers who did not follow their timeshifter plan.
Both the jet lag app and the new shift work app are being developed in collaboration with Harvard Medical School associate professor Steven Lockley, PhD, who specializes in studying circadian rhythms and sleep, and mission control and Formula 1 -Teams of NASA provided shift work solutions.
“With its jet lag app, Timeshifter has demonstrated the ability to translate sleep and circadian neuroscience into a tool that will help travelers proactively quickly switch their circadian clock to new time zones,” Lockley said in a statement. “Shift work can cause many of the same problems as jet lag, but it is more challenging because the problems are not limited to a specific trip but are part of workers’ daily lives. As with jet lag, the app not only needs to consider the sleep and circadian factors underlying shift work, but needs to combine that with practical advice that workers can follow. This approach has proven itself in jet lag, and we’re excited to apply the same principles to a problem to improve the health, well-being, safety and productivity of the many millions of shift workers around the world. “