I have an admission…..I’m not perfect. In fact I don’t always practice what I teach. One of the hardest habits for me to break is working on my computer or phone right before bed.
Have you heard about blue light? It’s an unexpected modern health disruptor!
Do you have trouble falling asleep? How about staying asleep?
I think by now most of us know blue light from electronic screens is bad for our brains, our eyes, and our health!
But why do we continue to expose ourselves? I think it’s because this ‘technology age’ is creating pressure to DO more in less time. The reality is:
- We have more on our ‘plates’ than ever before
- We can’t escape the constant bombardment of information
- And now we are at home trying to juggle work and take care of our families simultaneously… everything from home-schooling to housekeeping and meal prepping
The result…we can’t keep up, and therefore we are working right up until bedtime. At least that’s what’s happening in my life!
Until I figure out how to slow down and stop working after dinner, I have a back-up plan: blue light blockers.
Here’s the truth, all the electronic devices we have, omit blue light… and it’s something that has an impact on our body’s natural rhythms. Modern research is showing us that blue light may be one of the contributing factors to:
- Sleep deprivation
- Weight gain
- Low energy
- Depressive moods
If you’re dealing with any of the above, listen up! I’m totally realistic and I know, just like me, that a massive reduction in your screen time probably isn’t possible, so I want to give you some strategies you can implement without any serious inconvenience.
There are a few different ways you can minimize the impact of blue light on your body.
1. Buy blue light glasses.
This is my absolute favorite way to negate the harmful effects of blue light. Blue light glasses filter or minimize blue light. I recommend wearing your glasses from sunset to sunrise when you’re using electronics. You can wear the glasses during daylight too, and it shouldn’t hurt anything. Your glasses will help you maintain your body’s natural circadian rhythm and allow you to sleep better!
Click here to buy an affordable set of stylish blue light blockers on Amazon. You can keep them in your office, by the TV, in your car, on the bedside table and in the bathroom. C’mon, admit it…you take your phone to the toilet with you!
2. Set ‘no-device’ hours before bed.
If you can swing it, work up to having at least 1 hour before bed where you don’t use any screen devices. Start in small 15 minute increments. One of the simplest ways to do this is to have a spot for your phone to rest at night that’s NOT your bedside table.
3. Use native settings on your devices.
Some devices come with options to increase the warm light level of your screen during evening hours. For example, if you have an iPhone you can go to Settings > Display & Brightness > Night Shift and you can set your screen to use warm colors after dark.
If you take any of these actions, you are making a move towards better sleep. And better sleep means your body can start restoring itself. So which one are you committed to trying?
Take Good Care,
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