Tossing and turning all night? Consider the implications of blue light and sleep and soon you could be sleeping like a baby.
Sleep is so essential to health and if you constantly don’t get enough of it, you will feel worn out and grumpy. Life is just not fun anymore and the things you once did with ease become a real struggle. There are few things worse than getting into bed and not being able to drift off and, when you finally do, you wake up in the early hours and can’t get back to sleep.
It’s now known that sleep deprivation can have serious health effects. While there is still a lot not known about sleep and what occurs while we’re slumbering, we do know that it’s an essential period of restoration and renewal for the body. Sleep also benefits the mind, as the day’s experiences are processed and filed away in long-term memory. Most people need around eight hours of sleep a night and if, like many people, you’re getting anywhere near that, you could be at risk of a host of physical and emotional ailments.
In fact, sleep problems are an enormous issue all around the world: in the United States, at least, it’s estimated that up to 70 million people suffer from chronic sleep disorders that make their waking lives a misery. It won’t come as a surprise to many that the more our lives are intertwined with digital technology, the more trouble we’re having dozing off at night and getting a great, restorative sleep. We’re talking about a spectrum of light emitted by digital devices that has been shown to disrupt the body’s natural nocturnal systems.
Blue Light and Sleep
These days we spend a large part of our days staring at screens (including the one you’re reading this on) — whether it’s computers for work or leisure, the television or the mobile phones we just cannot seem to put down. Indeed, our unwavering attachment to our phones now has a medical name: mobile phone addiction — you can even take an online test to see if you’re suffering from this modern-day affliction.
For the purposes of sleep, digital screens are certainly not beneficial to our slumber. It’s due to the disruptive blue light they emit that interferes with our natural rhythms and research has uncovered that blue light and sleep are just not good bedfellows. If you think about it, we’re just not supposed to have much of any kind of light as we try to doze off, but many of us are still scrolling through social media and doing other things online when we’re curled up in bed.
All that blue light arrests the body’s production of melatonin, the hormone that increases as the night wears on and it gets darker and ultimately sends us off to sleep. So what can we do to get some decent shut-eye? Is it realistic to get rid of all our digital devices, or at least stop using them well into the night?
No Need to Feel Blue
The good news amid all this widespread sleep deprivation is that help is at hand. It comes in the form of blue light filters that can shield your precious eyes from the blue light emitted by digital screens. This is especially important given how close we hold our tablet computers and mobile phones to our faces.
Many digital devices do provide some protection from blue light, typically with an option to turn on a nighttime light that reduces the amount of blue light being emitted. But many people are turned off by these filters, because they typically render the screen orange or a shade of pink — it looks unnatural, it can ruin the browsing experience and people just don’t like it.
That’s why, here at Ocushield, we researched and developed an effective blue light filter that can simply be added to the screen of a computer or phone and give your eyes — and your body — a well-deserved rest.
Looking for the perfect blue light filter for your digital devices? Ocushield has just what you’re looking for at an easily affordable price. Browse our range of blue light filters for phones, tablets and laptops now. You can even opt to order handy blue light filtering glasses.