You’ve likely heard the buzz around photobiomodulation, but can light exposure significantly improve sleep, recovery, and performance?
Well, there are more than 15,000 studies exploring photobiomodulation as a healing modality, but despite an abundance of research, the effects of light for our health has been largely overlooked in the past few decades.
Now we’re becoming more aware of how artificial light can disrupt our circadian rhythm, but certain wavelengths of infrared and near infrared light used therapeutically can also have profound positive effects on our performance and overall well being.
And as we’ll discuss today, the uses for near infrared light go beyond health, to explore deeper mysteries in our cosmos.
I’m honored to be here with Bjørn Ekeberg, author of the groundbreaking book “Metaphysical Experiments,” and Co-founder and CEO of Recharge Health, the creators of the world’s first targeted infrared therapy device—the FlexBeam.
This episode with Bjørn gets heady, you’re going to dig this one. We’re chatting about:
- How to use near infrared light for rapid healing, deep meditation and down regulating our nervous system before sleep
- Why athletes are using red light for recovery
- How to counter the negative effects of artificial blue light
- Why cosmology and our understanding of the nature of the universe is in a crisis
- How near infrared is used to peer deeper into the cosmos
- And tons more…
Let’s go hang out with Bjørn.
Where To Find Bjørn Ekeberg
From anywhere in the world, go to Recharge.Health to get your own FlexBeam from Bjørn Ekeberg and the team at Recharge Health, and use the coupon code abeljames to save $60 off your purchase.'People lost sight of one of the most basic facets of what it means to be a living being on Earth, which is our relationship to the sun, this cosmic fireball of energy.' — Bjørn Ekeberg @doctorbjorn Click To Tweet
Bjørn Ekeberg: We offer a 60-day open purchase, so it’s easier to try. We can do this because almost nobody wants to return it, and so you can safely try it if you’re curious for yourself. And yeah, I wish everybody luck. Check it out for yourself and see what people are talking about.'Over 50% of the energy that comes from the sun is in the infrared range.' — Bjørn Ekeberg @doctorbjorn Click To Tweet
You can also go to drbjorn.com for more from Bjørn Ekeberg, and pick up a copy of his book “Metaphysical Experiments: Physics and the Invention of the Universe” wherever you buy books, including Amazon, BAM! or Barnes&Noble.'95% of the universe consists of unknown things.' — Bjørn Ekeberg @doctorbjorn Click To Tweet 'The core assumptions that we're all taught as scientifically proven may not actually be valid.' — Bjørn Ekeberg @doctorbjorn Click To Tweet
And one more time, if you’re interested in trying near infrared red light for yourself, get your own FlexBeam from Recharge.Health and use the code abeljames to save $60.'I find it delightful that we don't quite understand our cosmos, and that it’s more of a mystery.' — Bjørn Ekeberg @doctorbjorn Click To Tweet
Before You Go
If you’re in search of vibrant health, one area that doesn’t get enough attention is getting high-quality, consistent sleep.
For most of us, the absurd amount of artificial light hitting our eyeballs all night from phones, TVs, tablets, and computers can jack up our circadian rhythm and wreak havoc on our health.
If it’s not managed in some way, these pesky artificial lights beaming into our eyes can mess with our nervous systems, causing eyestrain, headaches and disrupting our sleep patterns.
Now it would be great if we could just turn off all technology and devices at sundown, but that’s not always a very realistic expectation for most people, myself included.
So here are a couple of ideas of other things that you could try:
Number one, check your device settings or look into installing an app that automatically adjusts your display color to remove the blue light in the evening.
One thing that most people forget, as well, is to turn down the brightness in the evening after sundown. That’s something that’s extremely important as well.
Even if you’re using one of these apps, whether you have an Apple, Android, or you’re using a tablet or computer, you could either go into the built-in Settings and pull that blue light out of your screen, or use an app to do all of this automatically, as well.
But also make sure that you’re manually turning down the brightness of your screens, whether you’re on a mobile device or your computers that can really help with a disruption to your circadian rhythm that often happens, and the inhibition of melatonin, and all the other things that go along with that.
Number two, I also find it’s very beneficial for sleep to use high-quality blue blocking glasses and lenses in the evening to minimize the most problematic wavelengths of artificial light from our devices, as well as ambient light sources.
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Are you sharp and motivated? Or do you find yourself easily distracted?
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What did you think of this interview with Bjørn Ekeberg? Have you tried using near infrared light for healing, recovery, sleep or meditation? What do you think about cosmology being in a crisis? Share your thoughts in the Comments below.