Night workers have to fight their bodies' tendency to sleep and repair itself while they are working, and then try to sleep during the day when brain is alert and the cardiovascular system is up-regulated. Aligning the internal body clock to the work schedule improves worker performance and improves the quality of sleep the following day.
The Canadian Defence Department's R&D Centre and the U. S. Air Force recently conducted an independent study to select the optimal phototherapeutic device to improve performance in a night work adaptation program. The study, comparing the low intensity Sunnex Biotechnologies GreenLIGHT tower model with higher intensity devices, concluded, "The [Sunnex Biotechnologies] light tower was the best device, producing melatonin suppression and circadian phase change while relatively free of side effects."
The study found that Sunnex Biotechnologies GreenLIGHT lamps are as effective, or more effective, in shifting circadian rhythms than therapeutic light devices that provide 20 times the light intensity (energy). The GreenLIGHT lamps shifted body clocks (circadian rhythms) twice as much as a therapy lamp that primarily emits blue visible light [The Litebook®], even though the GreenLIGHT tower provided only 1/20th of the light [energy]. The authors noted that "the [GreenLIGHT] light tower achieved a numerically superior circadian phase delay in spite of the fact that it emits less than 5% of the light intensity emitted by the [Feel Bright Light©] light visor." Reference 1
Sunnex Biotechnologies low intensity GreenLIGHT lamps were used for the development of light management protocols of the U.S. Coast Guard's Crew Endurance Management System (CEMS). Tests were conducted at the U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center to determine the usefulness of GreenLIGHT lamps in a program designed to reduce night shift fatigue. This was followed by years of trials on operational Coast Guard cutters and commercial vessels.
Sunnex Biotechnologies' patented low intensity green light technology was found to effectively align the body clock (circadian phase) of crew members working the night shift with their work schedules on operational vessels. The light management protocol developed with GreenLIGHT lamps is now incorporated into the Coast Guard's Crew Endurance Management System (CEMS) for commercial vessels. GreenLIGHT lamps have even been installed in the wheelhouses of operating vessels to help maintain the alertness of the pilot during the midnight shift.
An example of the ability of the Sunnex Biotechnologies' light to influence human physiology in operational vessels was presented at the International Conference on Fatigue Management in Transportation in September 2005 in Seattle WA. This result is also published in Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine. See ref
Low intensity GreenLIGHT has been found to improve performance for night workers in a pilot study at a commercial lumber facility. In this study, 200 lux from a GreenLIGHT lamp supplemented 130 lux of ambient white light. The GreenLIGHT lamps were used Monday through Thursday of a 5 day work week, and special eyewear was used to prevent the morning sunlight from influencing their circadian rhythms. The study found that circadian rhythms shifted, and that sleep, vigilance and performance improved to daytime levels during the latter part of the week. This supports the thesis that it is through its influence shifting circadian rhythms, that GreenLIGHT System improves performance of night shift workers. This is also supported by the higher error rates on Monday and Teusday nights, as the workers circadian rhythms were aligned to the external day/night cycle on these days. The Monday and Friday results are also strong indicators that this is not a placebo effect. The results of this study were published in Neuropsychopharmacological and Biological Psychiatry - See ref
NOTE: Even though the special eyewear used in the GreenLIGHT System does not impede the wearer's
vision, it has been pointed out that blocking the arousing effect that morning sunlight might provide
may increase the risk of an accident by workers driving home after working all night. Since this risk is
generally very high for night shift workers, we strongly recommend that night shift workers
using the GreenLIGHT System are provided with transportation in the mornings, and should not drive
Using GreenLIGHT in the Work Place
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