Timeshifter is new app for treating jet lag based on research using timed-light exposure to shift your circadian rhythms quickly into your new time zone. We speak to CEO Mickey Beyer-Clausen about the first science-based integrative solution to effectively treat the symptoms of jetlag.
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03:14 Introducing Mickey Beyer-Clausen
05:24 The significant consequences of jet lag for business and vacations
08:07 Common myths, hacks and misconceptions about jet lag
08:24 Why generic solutions for jet lag don’t work – it has to be personalized
10:41 There are little bits of truth in many jet lag solutions, but not the whole truth
12:29 Meeting Dr Steven Lockley of Harvard Medical School – ‘a real gift’
15:10 Dr Lockley’s work with elite athletes, NASA astronauts and Formula 1 drivers
16:32 Timed light exposure – the basic science behind the Timeshifter app
20:46 The ‘magical’ effects of timed light exposure
24:01 Using melatonin to treat jet lag with Timeshifter
28:38 Energy level components in Timeshifter – caffeine, power-napping
32:18 Everyone else is doing it wrong…
34:32 The fun element of Timeshifting
39:32 Walkthrough of the Timeshifter app
42:40 ‘This is not a gimmick’…
44:35 The future – a platform for circadian shifting
Commercial jet travel has been around since the 1950’s. But as well as revolutionising the way humans were able to traverse the globe, it brought an unforeseen consequence – jet lag.
Jet lag is a physiological condition that arises from the disruption to our circadian rhythms when travelling east to west across different time zones. For 200,000 years, humans have evolved to live in synchrony with the natural 24 hour cycle of day and night.
When these cycles are disrupted, for instance by crossing the globe to the other side of the world, it plays havoc with our health, causing an array of problems, not just to our sleep, but also digestion, hormone regulation, body temperature, cognitive function and many other factors.
Despite all of the progress we’ve made in science and medicine in the last , up until now, there’s never been a reliable, effective treatment for travellers to combat jet lag, and people have relied on hacks and tricks to mitigate the effects, for instance with sleeping pills, staying awake, or just attempting to power through the debilitating symptoms of fatigue and circadian disruption.
However, in today’s podcast we talk to an entrepreneur who has teamed up with one of the world’s leading scientists in combating the effects of jet lag. Together they have developed a new app, Timeshifter, which is based on decades of research into how timed light exposure can be used to shift an individual’s body clock.
We talk to Timeshifter CEO Mickey Beyer-Clausen about the science behind the app, based on the work of co-founder Dr Steven Lockley, a pioneer in sleep science and circadian biology.
This Episode’s Guest
Mickey Beyer-Clausen is a Danish-born, New York-based serial entrepreneur and philanthropist. In the ’90s, he was one of the first to launch successful Internet businesses and today he’s building companies around innovations that have the potential to improve the human or planetary condition. Mickey is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Timeshifter, which is building a platform for circadian shifting to solve major performance and health challenges with an initial focus on jet lag.