The NuCalm Experience

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Setting up your NuCalm for the first time

Follow these steps the first time you are setting up your new NuCalm system. Click each step for details.

STEP 2: Set up the device you are using to run the NuCalm app

Some tips for the best experience:

  • You can connect your headset to your device via Bluetooth and/or the audio cable provided
  • Use the noise cancelling feature when you are in a loud environment (i.e., on a plane, at work, in a car as a passenger)
  • Adjust the Do Not Disturb Settings on your device to avoid any interruptions/notifications during your NuCalm session
    • Go to settings
    • Select Do Not Disturb
    • For iOS users only:
      • Under SILENCE, select Always (this only needs to be done the very first time, if it is not already the default)
      • Now, whenever you are ready to NuCalm, put your phone/tablet on Do Not Disturb through the shortcut by:
        • Swiping up from the bottom of your iPhone screen to reveal a shortcut to your device’s control center
        • Select the crescent moon icon   to turn off notification sounds during your session
  • Once your NuCalm session is complete, turn off the Do Not Disturb setting to resume phone notifications
STEP 3: Apply the cream, CES device, patches, eye mask, and headphones
  • Open the NuCalm app on your device and enter your unique login credentials
  • Username: email (all lowercase)
  • Password: xxxxx (all lowercase)
  • Select Start New Session
  • Select Start NuCalm Session
  • Select the tracks you would like to use
  • Select the “play” icon, sit back and relax

Best Practices for Self-Administration

Here are some pointers to ensure proper self-administration of NuCalm:

  • Find a comfortable place to rest for your NuCalm session
  • Use a blanket to stay warm – you may feel a chill as you relax
  • Apply the NuCalm cream – one full pump on each side of your neck, applied on the carotid artery
  • When applying the CES patches, make sure they are on the soft spot behind the ear
  • Simply turn on the CES unit – it is set to work at the default values
    • Do not press any buttons
    • You should not feel any sensation
    • Place the eye mask on your forehead
  • Turn on the headphones and connect via Bluetooth or the audio cable to your smart device
  • Open the NuCalm app and select the tracks you want to use
  • Select the “play” button
  • Cover your eyes with the eye mask
  • Relax

Typical NuCalm sessions last between 20-60 minutes, based upon your current level of stress and sleep quality – the higher the stress, the longer the NuCalm session. You will experience shorter sessions with consistent use. We suggest you NuCalm daily to improve sleep quality and increase stress resilience.

Typical use cases for NuCalm include:

  • A morning session, when you wake up
  • In the afternoon, when you’re feeling sluggish
  • Early evening, before 7pm
  • At night, as a sleep aid if you have difficulty sleeping (use just the cream, music and eye mask – the CES/patches are not necessary)
  • The physiological experience of NuCalm includes feeling your arms and legs get heavy, as your heart rate and breathing slow down. It is completely normal for your mind to wander and continue having many thoughts

The end of your NuCalm session is indicated by a feeling of restlessness, as you will simply “wake up,” the same way you would after a nap. You will feel relaxed and refreshed. Typically you will not fall asleep during NuCalm; you should simply just relax. If you are under increased stress or experiencing poor sleep quality, you may fall asleep during your session, but it is not the ultimate goal. The goal is to reach a natural ‘meditative’ state, where your mind and body achieve optimal healing. If you have any questions about administering NuCalm or the various applications of NuCalm, please feel free to reach out to us!

Traveling with NuCalm

NuCalm is an amazing travel companion, especially if you are crossing multiple time zones. NuCalm will help to reset your circadian rhythm.

Here are some recommendations for NuCalm use for air travel:

Pre-flight Preparation
  • Drink lots of water and add electrolytes to your diet as part of your pre-flight routine; dehydration during travel is common and increases the potential for jet lag
  • Be sure to NuCalm before your travel day for at least 30 minutes
  • Prepare to use your NuCalm App without Wifi before you leave for the airport:
  • For iOS Devices:
    • Open the NuCalm app on your device while connected to a wifi/cellular network
    • Login with your username/password
    • Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the Control Center
    • Tap the airplane mode symbol
    • Swipe down to close Control Center
  • For Android Devices:
    • Open the NuCalm app on your device while connected to a wifi/cellular network
    • Login with your username/password
    • Swipe down from the top of the screen and click on the gear symbol to open your Settings
    • Tap the airplane mode symbol
    • Swipe down to close Settings

* The music tracks will be available for 24 hours; proceed with your normal NuCalm

Recommendations during your flight
  • Again, we recommend drinking plenty of fluids and no alcohol
  • Once you are comfortable in your seat, start NuCalm
  • For longer flights, do another NuCalm session an hour before the end of the flight; the calming cream or supplements will not be required for this session
Recommendations after arriving at your destination
  • If you still feel sluggish or are having a difficult time adjusting to your local time zone, we recommend another NuCalm session once you arrive at your destination
  • On your travel day, follow your normal bedtime routine in accordance with the time zone you are in
  • When you wake up the next morning, start your day with a NuCalm session and try to fit in another NuCalm session each day you are traveling
Why is adding NuCalm important to your travel routine?

We all know jet lag makes you feel ‘off your game’ for a while and disrupts your sleep, but here is a closer look at why:

Scientifically, “jet lag” is known as circadian dischronism. Your circadian rhythms are a collection of various hormones released at specific times throughout the day. The main clock that regulates these rhythms and ensures that the hormones are released at the right times, is kept in the hypothalamus, which sits just behind your eyes. These hormones control your alertness, drowsiness, mood, pain threshold, energy levels, body temperature and sex drive. For example, if you go to sleep at midnight, your brain releases melatonin around 11:30PM, and your body temperature drops to prepare for sleep; around 4AM, your body reaches its lowest temperature. Then, to prepare for your day, your body releases cortisol, a stress hormone, around 6AM, and adrenaline a bit later.

So, when you travel in the US, from the West coast to the East coast, it’s suddenly three hours later than it’s supposed to be, and you have to go to sleep with no melatonin to assist you. Since circadian rhythm is directly related to light stimulation, avoid as much light as possible in the evening, go to sleep early, and get a lot of bright light when you wake up. It also helps to exercise right when you get up to increase your body temperature. There is some evidence that taking melatonin supplements 3-4 hours before your normal bedtime, will help advance your clock. However, melatonin is more difficult to make use of once you start traveling. The effect of melatonin changes depending on what time your brain thinks it is. Because your brain’s time will be changing as you travel, you might take the melatonin at the wrong time.

Alternatively, if you travel west, cross country, and it’s suddenly 3 hours earlier, and your body is releasing cortisol and adrenaline while you’re still trying to sleep. In this case, you would look at bright lights at night (turn on all the lights in your hotel room or go out somewhere with plenty of light stimulation). This tells your brain that the sun is still up, so it needs to delay the release of melatonin. In addition, avoid bright lights in the morning, so your brain will think the sun hasn’t risen yet. You will need to do this a couple days in a row to shift your clock. It is also helpful to exercise at night, which increases your body temperature and also shifts your clock backwards. If you’re really serious about shifting though, you’ll have to stay up late and sleep in. Sleeping in is crucial to ensure you avoid bright light in the morning and getting enough quality sleep.

Unfortunately, the brain’s clock is not fully flexible in it’s ability to reset. It can only shift its time by about an hour forward, or 2 hours back, each day. Hence, jet lag. For example, if you travel 3 time zones east, it will take about 3 days for your clock to fully adjust three hours ahead. The reason it’s easier to travel west than east is because it’s easier to shift your clock back (i.e., delay the release of melatonin), than to move it forward.

When you travel by plane and fly faster than the rotation of the earth, particularly flying against the direction of its rotation, your body is forced into a transient state where you experience mental and physical cellular chaos. Your body rhythms are reluctantly breaking the old daily patterns and struggling to shift to a new time zone. This shift causes a major disruption in the synchronization of the time-keepers and body rhythms that keep your heart pumping to one beat, while your lungs inhale and exhale to another.

Scientists describe this as “a transient state of dyschronism”. It’s the period of time during which the body re-calibrates its biorhythms in an attempt to adapt to a different time and place.

Here are typical re-synchronization periods after a 2-hour time zone change flying east:

Performance (psychomotor) 3 days
Reaction time (vigilance) 1-2 days
Heart rate 2 days
Corticosteroids (urinary) 4 days
Noradrenaline (urinary) 1 day
Adrenaline (urinary) 2 days
Bowel movements 3 days
Body temperature 3 days
Sleep pattern 1 day

The normal signaling that puts you to sleep at night, wakes you in the morning, releases enzymes and stomach acids in anticipation of food and controls the timing of every function of your body – right down to the cellular level, are all affected when you change time zones. Anyone who has used NuCalm when traveling knows it is an exceptional tool for alleviating the stress of jet lag and quickly restoring order to your body rhythms and timing mechanisms. A 45-minute NuCalm is proven to restore homeostasis of the autonomic nervous system and quickly reset your biological clocks.

Following the travel protocol outlined above with NuCalm will energize you, while providing the clarity and focus you need to make the most of each day. Best of all, you will not feel the effects of jet lag.

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