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I’m routinely plagued by sleep issues. If I go to bed early, I can’t fall asleep. Go to bed late, and I fall asleep fine but don’t get enough rest.

So when I walked by Re-Timer’s goofy glasses today at CES 2013’s Eureka Park, I was immediately intrigued. While the device launched in Australia a few months ago, this is the first week it is generally available in the United States and other countries.

Re-Timer operations manager Claire Hoban (modeling the glasses above) said the glasses are based on 25 years of research from Flinders University. The glasses emit a particular type of green light, and you must use them in coordination with instructions based on what you want to accomplish.


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If you’re like me and have trouble sleeping at night, you wear the glasses in the morning when you first wake up for 50 minutes four days in a row. Or if you wake up too early, you wear the glasses at night before you go to bed for the same duration.

“You’re training your body to a different rhythm,” Hoban said. “The green light activates the photoreceptors in your eyes and makes you more alert.”

Hoban said the glasses can help with people suffering from jet lag or general sleep issues, shift workers, and people who have the “winter blues.” Hoban even used the glasses to help her with jet lag going to CES in Las Vegas from her native Australia. She used the Re-Timer glasses before and after her flight to the United States and said she got much better sleep because of it.

The Re-Timer glasses cost $274 and are available to online.

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