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Global wellness trends impacting 2020 and beyond

Updated: Feb 11, 2020


A new travel concept is the wellness sabbatical where days of work and wellness are blended. PHOTO: Image Collab

On 28 January, the Global Wellness Summit, a gathering that brings together leaders to positively shape the future of the $4.5 trillion global wellness economy, released its top 10 wellness trends for 2020 at a press conference in New York City. Beth McGroarty, director of research for the Global Wellness Institute, says the trends emerged from insights of 550 experts from 50 nations including top economists, doctors, academics, technologists and CEOs across all areas of wellness, who gathered at the 2019 summit in Singapore. Below are some predictions: Circadian health will be a focus There will be a new focus on circadian health optimization for sleep solutions and to boost brain or body systems controlled by the circadian clock. The basis of circadian science is that regular light and dark cycles including the blue light of day and the darkness at dusk are daily ‘time cues’ needed to reset our circadian clocks every day. Dr Steven Lockley, of Harvard, says circadian health optimization incorporating the type and timing of light will soon become more important than sleep. Solutions that realign our internal circadian clocks with each other and our internal clocks with the outside world will surge. Light and the timing of light and biology will become more important. More people will buy bulbs, bringing tunable, biodynamic, circadian lighting into their homes to automatically deliver bright blue light in the day and dimmer, warmer light at dusk. More people will also adopt a circadian diet of eating when it’s light, and stopping when it’s dark. In a few years, a blood, saliva or breath sample should pinpoint our precise circadian clock-state, and apps could then tell us when to take in light and dark, sleep and rise, and eat and exercise. J-Wellness to help you age better Japan, the first super-ageing nation, is innovating solutions to age better for the world’s longevity economy. It is developing ‘age-tech’ including social robots that provide emotional and physical support for older people and smart companionship. Recently, Japanese wellness approaches became glob