Is artificial light keeping you awake?Tweet
By: Patrick Stiles
Electronic devices are so common in our lives, they are practically like extensions of our bodies. And they’ve changed everything about our worlds.
But they come at a cost.
If you have trouble sleeping, there is a good chance artificial light is decreasing your natural production of melatonin… The sleep hormone that triggers sleepiness and keeps you asleep.
Fake light from these devices can make it harder to fall asleep, stay asleep and confuses your body as to the time of day – throwing off your sleep patterns.
Devices from TVs to tablets, computers, laptops and smartphones emit a lot of artificial light…
It’s only when we open the laptop in a dark room or we unlock our phones as we go into bed with the lights off that we realize the light in our devices is way too strong.
You should understand how this exposure to artificial light is messing with your natural physiological cycles.
When light hits your retina, your melatonin production is suppressed, because this “blue light” has a similar wavelength to our sun… So your body doesn’t think it is time to sleep.
Then your body gets confused and attempts to syncs itself up with the time of the day it should be, according to the light exposure.
Like me, I’m sure you’d find it near impossible to avoid your computer, phone, tablet or TV as soon as the sun goes down (we have to be practical, not fanatical).
But the more you can avoid any kind of artificial light as bedtime approaches, the better you’ll sleep – says a study from Wayne State University & Uppsala University.1
So here’s what to do…
How to avoid Sleep-destroying blue light without living under a rock.
Here are some simple tricks I use to sleep better.
A totally free software that will dim your screen to varying shades of orange when the sun goes down. This blocks blue light, makes it easier to sleep, and now I actually enjoy having the program decrease the intensity of my screen.
Here is a similar program for Android (will dim your whole phone which is what you want): Night Mode
And a darkened web browser for iPhone (unfortunately only dims the browser, which is better than nothing): Night Web Browser
2. Blue light blocking glasses
You can buy a cheap pair on amazon – Blue light blocking glasses
It won’t be as fashionable, but it will get the job done.
The other thing you can do is sleep with an eye mask. While you may not think you need it. Keeping your eyes in the dark till you get up helps mimic a natural sleep cycle from the light perspective.
3. Eye mask
I sleep deeper and longer with my eye mask. And I feel more refreshed with it.
You can get a cheap one: Bedtime Bliss® Contoured & Comfortable Sleep Mask
Or a deluxe comfortable one: Revolutionary, Patented Sleep Master Sleep Mask
If you have trouble sleeping, Zen Night can help. The 10 natural ingredients help you fall asleep and stay asleep.
And it includes melatonin… Which if you’re not producing enough on your own, supplementing with it can help you get the sleep you need.
If your sleep cycle is way off from long term insomnia, adrenal fatigue and artificial light, it can take a long time to get it back on track.
Grab a bottle of Zen Night here: www.ZenLifeSupplements.com/products/zen-night/
1 Source: http://www.piers.org/piersonline/pdf/Vol3No7Page1148to1150.pdf