Light Therapy

The blue light glasses and app from AYO work together to get you feeling and sleeping better. They use technology based on research and studies performed by leading institutions for more than 20 years. A few of us tried the glasses and were pleasantly surprised with how relaxed and energized we felt after a session. You can customize your own experience with the GoAYO app. Input info—like travel plans and sleep patterns—to determine the best time for you to wear the glasses. This specific shade of good-for-you healthy blue light mimics natural sunlight (which actually contains a blue-turquoise shade) that is proven to help reset your internal clock so you can conquer things like jet lag and seasonal changes. A 20-minute session during the day can make you feel more awake, help you sleep more soundly at night, or serve as an everyday mood booster.

AYO

Light Therapy Glasses

Light Therapy

The blue light glasses and app from AYO work together to get you feeling and sleeping better. They use technology based on research and studies performed by leading institutions for more than 20 years. A few of us tried the glasses and were pleasantly surprised with how relaxed and energized we felt after a session. You can customize your own experience with the GoAYO app. Input info—like travel plans and sleep patterns—to determine the best time for you to wear the glasses. This specific shade of good-for-you healthy blue light mimics natural sunlight (which actually contains a blue-turquoise shade) that is proven to help reset your internal clock so you can conquer things like jet lag and seasonal changes. A 20-minute session during the day can make you feel more awake, help you sleep more soundly at night, or serve as an everyday mood booster.
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Quick Questions

What are the benefits of using AYO?

Daylight provides us with an “awakening” or “energizing” effect and AYO provides a similar effect when used. Usually what happens nowadays is that we spend too much time indoors (waking up and getting ready for work, jumping in the car/train/bus to go to the office, staying in the office, and coming back home when it is already dark, especially during long gloomy winters and rainy gray autumns). Our body needs light and that’s why AYO is great for combatting the winter blues and the lack of energy during short winter days. When we use AYO during the day, we feel more awake and energetic, have a more active day, and are able to fall asleep easier at night.

What research is AYO based on?

From the beginning of AYO’s development and creation, the Makers have been receiving advice and recommendations from leading European experts of Chronobiology on the latest developments in the field. AYO is based on an in-depth and up-to-date knowledge of chronobiology and scientifically proven methods for resetting our body clock. Numerous clinical studies and 20 years of Chronobiology research in leading institutions, including Harvard, Oxford, and NASA have shown that exposure to a special blue light is the most effective way to optimize the human body clock. This can actively improve our sleep/wake cycle and increase our energy levels. The recommendations of the goAYO App are based on this research and studies performed in leading institutions for more than 20 years.

Can you explain more about the science behind AYO?

A circadian rhythm is an internal process in our body that is attuned to the local environment by external factors. The most common factor that regulates this built-in rhythm is light. The major role to synchronization of circadian rhythms to the 24-hour light-dark cycle play specialized sensory cells called the ipRGCs. Those cells contain the photopigment melanopsin, which is maximally sensitive to blue light similar to the sunlight that occurs in summer sunny days.
-When our eyes are exposed to AYO’s gentle blue light, specialized sensory cells called photosensitive Retinal Ganglion Cells (ipRGCs) are stimulated.
-The activated cells send signals to the area of the brain called the Suprachiasmatic Nucleus (SCN), which is our biological master clock for optimizing the circadian rhythm.
-The circadian rhythm is being adjusted, and hormone levels, sleeping cycle, as well as energy levels are improved. We feel more energized in a natural way.

Is this the same blue light that comes from our device screens?

No, it is not the same light as the one that comes from our device screens. AYO uses specific blue-turquoise light with a wavelength of only around 470-475 nm with an irradiance of 250 μWatt /m2, which has been scientifically shown to be the most effective for resetting our body clock and thus helping us maintain our energy levels and sleep. The specialized AYO light is focused on naturally “triggering” special cells-receptors (called Intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells or ipRGC cells) in your eye, which influence your energy, mood, and sleep/wake cycle.
On the other hand, the device screens have full range of light, including “not good” portions of blue light in the range of 400-450 nm. Equally important, the intensity and irradiance levels from these devices greatly differ from AYO’s and cannot be compared. Light from the screens has gotten bad press mostly due to overexposure (because people usually use theirs laptops and mobile devices all day) and due to using electronic devices later at night (which keeps people awake)—better said being exposed to light at “wrong” times.

Is using AYO safe for the eyes?

The AYO light is a safe and natural way to optimize your body clock. It uses natural mechanisms mimicking the sun but without the harmful UV and infrared light. The technology is based on clinically tested and scientifically proven light treatment solutions and industry standards, with over 10,000 analyzed sessions. AYO has been certified for photobiological safety by the international regulatory body TÜV Rheinland. AYO complies with the United States of America’s FCC and the EU’s CE marking as well as other national regulatory directives. Do not use AYO if you have had an eye disease or history of seizures. For more in-depth information on safety instructions, please refer to AYO’s user manual.

Can I go about my day while wearing the device?

Yes, with most things. AYO has been created and designed so you can go about your normal daily routine during use (watching TV, working on the laptop, reading a book, cooking, etc.). It does not distract your eyesight in any way. You do not need to look at the light during the session, you just keep your eyes open. It has a fully adjustable nosepiece and allows wearing AYO over prescription glasses. Do not use AYO while driving a vehicle or operating machinery.

How much of this light is safe to consume at one time?

In order to ensure best effects, we have developed the goAYO App, which fully controls the AYO wearable and provides users with personalized schedule, following their lifestyle and preferences. So, when you want to achieve better sleep habits or to beat jet lag—the goAYO App gives you a personalized schedule when to wear AYO and that is usually 20, 30, or 40 minutes per day. It is also pretty sufficient to feel energized during the day. There are not known negative side effects of using it longer than that. The best is to follow the schedules in the goAYO app generated by algorithms, which are based on scientifically researched and proven methods.

How is blue light different from white light therapy?

The white light used in light therapy lamps is from a wider wavelength. It has been shown that blue light of around 470-475 nm, which AYO utilized, is the most efficient for resetting our internal body clock. In addition to being more effective, AYO is also more comfortable to wear even on the go.

Can I use AYO while wearing my prescription glasses?

Yes, but for best results, it is recommended that you use them without glasses, as they can interfere with the light diffusion. If you do use them with your glasses, bend the flexible nosepiece horizontally and place the AYO on top of your glasses.

Can one device be paired to multiple users?

Yes, each person can create a separate user account on their smartphone via the AYO app. You can each pair the same AYO wearable with your smartphones.

How does the program develop schedules for its users?

Great effort went into the goAYO app in order to guide users on the best time to use AYO to get their desired effect. Sessions are usually in the morning or during the day and last 20, 30, or 40 minutes a day or whatever is convenient for the user. AYO brings together three key factors regulating the efficiency of the circadian rhythm:
1. Wavelength and intensity of light: AYO uses 470-475 nm light with an irradiance of 250 μWatt /m2, which has been proven to be the most efficient wavelength for body clock adjustments. AYO’s blue light has been officially certified for photobiological safety by TÜV Rheinland.
2. Session timing: The goAYO App calculates the exact session timings and suggests when to use the AYO wearable and when to avoid light in order to ensure the best effect.
3. Session duration: Depending on the light intensity and the personal data that the user enters into the goAYO App, the system calculates how long the duration of the program and the sessions will be.

What type of programs are available on the goAYO app?

The three main AYO programs are Sleep, Energy, and Travel:
1. The Energy program is really straightforward to set up and use. You select the desired session time—20, 30, or 40 minutes and start the session.
2. For the Travel program, if you have an upcoming flight, enter the flight itinerary and based on the itinerary and the user’s profile (i.e. sleep habits), AYO’s smart algorithms will calculate when it is the best time to wear AYO and when it is the best time to avoid light (since light and darkness are the two main signals for our brain/bodies to know when it is the time to sleep and to be awake).
3. Under the Sleep program, you enter or confirm your current wake-up and go-to-bed times as well as provide your desired wake-up and go-to-bed times. Based on that data, AYO’s algorithms will provide a personalized schedule to use AYO for reaching the desired goal.

What are the Chronolink and Chronofit programs on the app?

Chronolink allows you to pair your sleeping habits and biological clock with your partner or a friend with an AYO. The Chronofit program can help improve your natural body rhythm if you are in a sleep deficit. Optimizing your sleep rhythm can help you get enough and good quality sleep as well as help avoid accumulating sleep deficit. Chronofit helps you optimize your sleep by implementing small daily changes. Important: If your weekly sleep deficit is under 30 minutes, you are not suitable for using the Chronofit program as you are in a pretty good sleep-wake rhythm already!

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Light Therapy Glasses

Light Therapy

The blue light glasses and app from AYO work together to get you feeling and sleeping better. They use technology based on research and studies performed by leading institutions for more than 20 years.

A few of us tried the glasses and were pleasantly surprised with how relaxed and energized we felt after a session. You can
customize your own experience with the GoAYO app. Input info—like travel plans and sleep patterns—to determine the best time for you to wear the glasses.

This specific shade of good-for-you healthy blue light mimics natural sunlight (which actually contains a blue-turquoise shade) that is proven to help reset your internal clock so you can conquer things like jet lag and seasonal changes. A 20-minute session during the day can make you feel more awake, help you sleep more soundly at night, or serve as an everyday mood booster.
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Blue light beats the winter blues (and jet lag!)

Quick Questions

What are the benefits of using AYO?

Daylight provides us with an “awakening” or “energizing” effect and AYO provides a similar effect when used. Usually what happens nowadays is that we spend too much time indoors (waking up and getting ready for work, jumping in the car/train/bus to go to the office, staying in the office, and coming back home when it is already dark, especially during long gloomy winters and rainy gray autumns). Our body needs light and that’s why AYO is great for combatting the winter blues and the lack of energy during short winter days. When we use AYO during the day, we feel more awake and energetic, have a more active day, and are able to fall asleep easier at night.

What research is AYO based on?

From the beginning of AYO’s development and creation, the Makers have been receiving advice and recommendations from leading European experts of Chronobiology on the latest developments in the field. AYO is based on an in-depth and up-to-date knowledge of chronobiology and scientifically proven methods for resetting our body clock. Numerous clinical studies and 20 years of Chronobiology research in leading institutions, including Harvard, Oxford, and NASA have shown that exposure to a special blue light is the most effective way to optimize the human body clock. This can actively improve our sleep/wake cycle and increase our energy levels. The recommendations of the goAYO App are based on this research and studies performed in leading institutions for more than 20 years.

Can you explain more about the science behind AYO?

A circadian rhythm is an internal process in our body that is attuned to the local environment by external factors. The most common factor that regulates this built-in rhythm is light. The major role to synchronization of circadian rhythms to the 24-hour light-dark cycle play specialized sensory cells called the ipRGCs. Those cells contain the photopigment melanopsin, which is maximally sensitive to blue light similar to the sunlight that occurs in summer sunny days.
-When our eyes are exposed to AYO’s gentle blue light, specialized sensory cells called photosensitive Retinal Ganglion Cells (ipRGCs) are stimulated.
-The activated cells send signals to the area of the brain called the Suprachiasmatic Nucleus (SCN), which is our biological master clock for optimizing the circadian rhythm.
-The circadian rhythm is being adjusted, and hormone levels, sleeping cycle, as well as energy levels are improved. We feel more energized in a natural way.

Is this the same blue light that comes from our device screens?

No, it is not the same light as the one that comes from our device screens. AYO uses specific blue-turquoise light with a wavelength of only around 470-475 nm with an irradiance of 250 μWatt /m2, which has been scientifically shown to be the most effective for resetting our body clock and thus helping us maintain our energy levels and sleep. The specialized AYO light is focused on naturally “triggering” special cells-receptors (called Intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells or ipRGC cells) in your eye, which influence your energy, mood, and sleep/wake cycle.
On the other hand, the device screens have full range of light, including “not good” portions of blue light in the range of 400-450 nm. Equally important, the intensity and irradiance levels from these devices greatly differ from AYO’s and cannot be compared. Light from the screens has gotten bad press mostly due to overexposure (because people usually use theirs laptops and mobile devices all day) and due to using electronic devices later at night (which keeps people awake)—better said being exposed to light at “wrong” times.

Is using AYO safe for the eyes?

The AYO light is a safe and natural way to optimize your body clock. It uses natural mechanisms mimicking the sun but without the harmful UV and infrared light. The technology is based on clinically tested and scientifically proven light treatment solutions and industry standards, with over 10,000 analyzed sessions. AYO has been certified for photobiological safety by the international regulatory body TÜV Rheinland. AYO complies with the United States of America’s FCC and the EU’s CE marking as well as other national regulatory directives. Do not use AYO if you have had an eye disease or history of seizures. For more in-depth information on safety instructions, please refer to AYO’s user manual.

Can I go about my day while wearing the device?

Yes, with most things. AYO has been created and designed so you can go about your normal daily routine during use (watching TV, working on the laptop, reading a book, cooking, etc.). It does not distract your eyesight in any way. You do not need to look at the light during the session, you just keep your eyes open. It has a fully adjustable nosepiece and allows wearing AYO over prescription glasses. Do not use AYO while driving a vehicle or operating machinery.

How much of this light is safe to consume at one time?

In order to ensure best effects, we have developed the goAYO App, which fully controls the AYO wearable and provides users with personalized schedule, following their lifestyle and preferences. So, when you want to achieve better sleep habits or to beat jet lag—the goAYO App gives you a personalized schedule when to wear AYO and that is usually 20, 30, or 40 minutes per day. It is also pretty sufficient to feel energized during the day. There are not known negative side effects of using it longer than that. The best is to follow the schedules in the goAYO app generated by algorithms, which are based on scientifically researched and proven methods.

How is blue light different from white light therapy?

The white light used in light therapy lamps is from a wider wavelength. It has been shown that blue light of around 470-475 nm, which AYO utilized, is the most efficient for resetting our internal body clock. In addition to being more effective, AYO is also more comfortable to wear even on the go.

Can I use AYO while wearing my prescription glasses?

Yes, but for best results, it is recommended that you use them without glasses, as they can interfere with the light diffusion. If you do use them with your glasses, bend the flexible nosepiece horizontally and place the AYO on top of your glasses.

Can one device be paired to multiple users?

Yes, each person can create a separate user account on their smartphone via the AYO app. You can each pair the same AYO wearable with your smartphones.

How does the program develop schedules for its users?

Great effort went into the goAYO app in order to guide users on the best time to use AYO to get their desired effect. Sessions are usually in the morning or during the day and last 20, 30, or 40 minutes a day or whatever is convenient for the user. AYO brings together three key factors regulating the efficiency of the circadian rhythm:
1. Wavelength and intensity of light: AYO uses 470-475 nm light with an irradiance of 250 μWatt /m2, which has been proven to be the most efficient wavelength for body clock adjustments. AYO’s blue light has been officially certified for photobiological safety by TÜV Rheinland.
2. Session timing: The goAYO App calculates the exact session timings and suggests when to use the AYO wearable and when to avoid light in order to ensure the best effect.
3. Session duration: Depending on the light intensity and the personal data that the user enters into the goAYO App, the system calculates how long the duration of the program and the sessions will be.

What type of programs are available on the goAYO app?

The three main AYO programs are Sleep, Energy, and Travel:
1. The Energy program is really straightforward to set up and use. You select the desired session time—20, 30, or 40 minutes and start the session.
2. For the Travel program, if you have an upcoming flight, enter the flight itinerary and based on the itinerary and the user’s profile (i.e. sleep habits), AYO’s smart algorithms will calculate when it is the best time to wear AYO and when it is the best time to avoid light (since light and darkness are the two main signals for our brain/bodies to know when it is the time to sleep and to be awake).
3. Under the Sleep program, you enter or confirm your current wake-up and go-to-bed times as well as provide your desired wake-up and go-to-bed times. Based on that data, AYO’s algorithms will provide a personalized schedule to use AYO for reaching the desired goal.

What are the Chronolink and Chronofit programs on the app?

Chronolink allows you to pair your sleeping habits and biological clock with your partner or a friend with an AYO. The Chronofit program can help improve your natural body rhythm if you are in a sleep deficit. Optimizing your sleep rhythm can help you get enough and good quality sleep as well as help avoid accumulating sleep deficit. Chronofit helps you optimize your sleep by implementing small daily changes. Important: If your weekly sleep deficit is under 30 minutes, you are not suitable for using the Chronofit program as you are in a pretty good sleep-wake rhythm already!

Learn more about the product

Light Therapy Glasses see details