- Do you have trouble falling asleep at night?
- Do you toss and turn during the night?
- Do you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t fall asleep?
What is blue light?
Blue light is a part of the light spectrum operating between 400-500 nanometers (nm). Blue light is emitted from all artificial light sources including computer screens, TV screens, cell phones, tablets and light bulbs. Although referred to as ‘blue light’, it may not always appear visibly blue.
Blue light has a very short wavelength, and so produces a higher amount of energy.
Because the human eye is not very good at blocking blue light, it is able to penetrate all the way to the retina (the inner lining of the back of the eye). Laboratory studies have shown that too much exposure to blue light can damage light-sensitive cells in the retina. This causes changes that resemble those of macular degeneration, which can lead to permanent vision loss.
We are surrounded by blue light every day and sometimes, without knowing. All artificial, electric-powered lighting produced some level of blue light, even if it doesn’t look ‘blue’.
The most common sources of blue light include;
- Mobile & tablet screens
- Computer monitors
- Flat screen televisions
Fluorescentand LED lighting
Because short-wavelength, high energy blue light scatters more easily than other visible light, it is not as easy for the eye to focus on. This means that when you’re looking at computer screens and other digital devices, this unfocused visual “noise” reduces contrast and can contribute to digital eye strain.
There is also research that suggests that that excessive exposure to blue light, especially at night, can cause negative effects to your health such as several types of cancer (breast, prostate), diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and various sleep disorders.
I know I am always trying to improve my quality of sleep each night and have the fear of regressing with my history of “adrenal exhaustion” (HPA Axis) burnout. If you wake up in the middle of the night wide awake you make have hormonal disruption of your adrenals and melatonin causing chaos with your
Improve your sleep by:
- wearing your blue blocking glasses
- stay off the computer, electronic devices, and phones before bed (especially in bed!)
- decrease your intake of refined sugars and excess carbohydrates
- relax and create a calm environment for sleeping to switch in the PNS (rest & digest)
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