What is blue light & how does it effect you?
We are in the era of electronics. During the evening you are probably watching something on Netflix, YouTube, TV, catching up on work on a computer or a tablet or just surfing the web. It’s okay, so is everyone else. These artificial lights from gadgets emit a blue glow, a light wavelength similar to the day time sky. This blue light enters your eyes and signals your brain to think it is still day time. Taking this signal, your brain then restricts the flow of melatonin through your body.
While many are aware of how blue light from electronics disrupts sleep, many do not know that about 25% of the blue light from fluorescent lighting and 35% from LED lights is also damaging to eye health, over time raising the risk of vision problems including macular degeneration.
That said, many people experience digital eye strain and simply ignore it. Dr. Bazan owner of Park Slope Eye in Brooklyn and a member of The Better Vision Institute on the Vision Council, says:
People are so accustomed to their eyes feeling tired at the end of the day, they just accept it. Just because it is normal, does not mean that it’s ok.
More details on blue light can be found at Prevent Blindness, click to read more.
Luckily as technology advances so do we in protecting our self’s from it. Blue light glasses are a must for all those households lit up by TV’s, laptops, phones, video games, ect.
Melatonin (also known as the sleep hormone) is naturally produced in your body, when your eyes sense darkness at night. In addition to helping you sleep better, it sets your sleep-wake cycle. Imagine just waking up naturally without having to use an annoying alarm clock and actually feeling fresh in the morning.
1. A simple solution to get a better nights sleep. Turn off all digital screens off 1-2 hours before bedtime.