When the Los Angeles Dodgers play the first two games of the 2014 MLB
regular season against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Sydney, Australia,
the players will be aided by some of the same technology and expertise
that NASA relies upon for its astronauts.
In order to combat jet lag, reset circadian rhythms, and maintain focus,
the Dodgers have turned to Lighting Science Group's biologically-correct
LED bulbs to enhance the alertness and performance of its players,
coaches, and managers.
Specifically, Lighting Science outfitted the team plane, training
center, dugout, and hotel rooms in Australia with its patented Awake &
Alert™ and Good Night™ lights, technology originally developed with NASA
to mitigate the effects of circadian rhythm disruption experienced by
astronauts on the International Space Station.
Through the coordinated use of both the Good Night and Awake & Alert
lights, Lighting Science Director of Research Robert Soler has been
working closely with the team to provide biologically-correct light to
team members to mitigate the effects of jet lag and enhance performance
by improving both alertness and sleep quality.
"These lights are not just being used as a sleep aid for jet lag, they
are also part of our effort to maximize the performance of every
individual," said Soler, who also worked with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard
Association teams this winter. "Overall, from both the data we have been
collecting and the accounts of the athletes and their coaches, the
evidence is that they are pleasantly surprised how well it works."
While in Australia, Dodgers pitcher Chris Withrow was quoted in a local
news outlet as sayng, "I trust them. We can't get there and not be
prepared for the game. Our bodies have to be ready."
The Awake & Alert™ lights contain a higher portion of blue light in the
spectrum. Exposure to blue lights suppresses natural melatonin
production, increasing energy levels and ability to focus. The Good
Night™ light works in the opposite way. While still emitting a
commercially-standard white light, the bulb contains a lower portion of
blue light thus allowing for the natural secretion of melatonin and a
good night's sleep.
The team has also been outfitted with nine wristwatches that collect
data about deep sleep, light sleep, and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep
as well as heart-rate activity, skin temperature, and perspiration.
Manager Don Mattingly is wearing one of the nine watches.
After Australia, the Dodgers will play three exhibition games against
the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim before continuing to San Diego for the
remainder of the regular season. Soler will accompany the Dodgers
through these games to ensure they receive biologically correct light
and a smooth adjustment of players' circadian rhythms for optimal
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