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Posted on 04-30-2018

Why? The answer has to do with the light coming from the screens that all of us can’t keep our eyes off of. Particularly, blue light. Although this may seem like a small problem it is actually huge, as it is disrupting your bodies sleeping patterns and sleep quality.

When you wake in the morning you are subjected to the rays of the sun, which are rich in blue light. These trigger you to become alert. As the sun starts to go down the blue light present begins to decrease. Once this happens it triggers a gland inside your brain called, the pineal gland to start producing the chemical melatonin, which starts to make you feel sleepy. The pineal gland is responsible for regulating your circadian rhythm, which is basically your body’s internal clock.

The problem with today’s society is that our brains have not evolved quickly enough to the technology of the today.  We now go home and we look at the television, computers, smart phones, and tablets. This results in the body being subjected to artificial blue light, tricking our brains and decreasing melatonin production. This ends up interfering with your ability to properly fall asleep as well as sleep quality once you doze off. As we have all experienced, a poor nights sleep over a long period of time can have a disastrous effect on your health.

The best course of action in order to help with this problem is to abstain from all electronic screens after dinner. We all know that this is not always possible but there are solutions that can help prevent blue light exposure. 

Certain smart phones now have features programmed into them to decrease the amount of blue light coming from the phone. In the Iphone this is called Night Shift. In Androids there haven’t been a program made specifically for the phone but there are certain apps that you can download such as Twilight or Midnight

For computers, Flu.X is a free program that you can download that will automatically decrease the blue light emanating from your screen once the sun has started to go down.

Another option is that some people are buying yellow tinted glasses that block out any blue light entering your eyes. You can where these for when you are looking at any device at nighttime.

Lastly it is highly recommended to buy an actual alarm clock and not bring your phone or device into your bedroom as it becomes to tempting to look at your phone just before bed. 

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