Excuse me, what?
This is a relatively unknown topic related to modern living that is getting more and more attention these days. Like sitting at desks, eating processed foods, and sitting in bad electronic pollution; we are finding another caveat to our modern lifestyle. Enter “BLUE LIGHT.” Light itself has its own complications, but blue light seems to be more problematic. What is blue light? We are talking neons. We are talking the blinker lights on your wireless routers and television screens. The glow from the alarm clock. The blue LED nightlight in the bathroom. It is hard to escape this stuff in a modern household. What is the problem? Our bodies have evolved rhythms revolving around the sun for thousands of years. It isn’t just light for us. It literally stimulates the production or restriction of certain hormones in the body. Sun comes up, wake up, move around, think, exercise, etc. Sun goes down, slow down, sleep, recover, rest. What happens when these hormones get tricked?
More and more research is piling up suggesting that light (especially blue light) interferes with our bodies own mechanisms for producing or inhibiting hormones. A big one is melatonin. So logging onto your email at night may end up keeping you awake. Is your insomnia actually from looking at your computer or television screen late at night? Can you not fall back asleep because you check your cellphone at night? Maybe that blue light in the bathroom wires you back up. The problem is that we are only subtly aware that these things are happening. So what is an average “JOE” to do? Surely you don’t want us to sell or give away all of our technology, ask us to turn the T.V. off, and check all emails before 7 at night RIGHT? Correct =)
Enter “Blue Blocking Sunglasses.” These are inexpensive. They are effective. They don’t interfere with our lives much at all. What are they? Basically just plastic sunglasses that have strong filtering technology. They are specifically designed to filter out 100% of that specific light spectrum. Keep a pair or two around the house for work at night. Just pop these babies on and go about your business. This is even more important in the winter when the sun goes down early.
BENEFITS? Better sleep. Improved mood. Deeper sleep. Easier to “unwind” at night. Better recovery from exercise and stress.
That’s it guys. Simple. Other tips? Replace as many “blue” or LED lights from your living space as possible. Switch to old-fashioned night-lights and battery or wind-up alarm clocks. Try to get as much computer work done before bedtime as you can. REST WELL.