Circadian phase delay using the newly developed re-timer portable light device

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    Appropriately timed exposure to bright light has been shown to phase shift the circadian rhythm and alleviate associated sleeping difficulties. This study evaluated the effectiveness of a newly developed re-timer portable light device for phase delaying the circadian rhythm. Participants included 12 healthy, good sleepers (M = 32.3 years, SD = 12.5, male = 5). A repeated measures counterbalanced design was used to assess circadian phase delay following the use of either the re-timer or no device on two consecutive evenings. Outcome measures included dim light melatonin onset (DLMO), subjective sleepiness, and adverse effects of the re-timer. Analyses revealed a significant phase delay of DLMO following use of the re-timer (M = 46 min, SD = 76 min) on two consecutive evenings when compared to no light control (M = 3 min, SD = 81 min; p = .016). There was a trend for evening subjective sleepiness to decrease after using the re-timer compared to no light control, however this trend was not statistically significant. Adverse effects of the re-timer were headache, eye irritation, and light bothersome to eyes, however these were not severe and treatment was not requested or required. The re-timer device is an effective method of delaying the circadian rhythm in good sleepers.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)157-164
    Number of pages8
    JournalSleep and Biological Rhythms
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2015


    • Bright light
    • Circadian rhythms
    • Endogenous melatonin
    • Portable light device
    • Re-timer
    • Sleep


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