Going off the grid and moving to the hilltops isn't an option? Not to worry! BlockBlueLight shares eight simple ways you can improve your sleep and health by minimising blue light:
1. Wear blue light blocking glasses
Wear blue light blocking glasses. These are vital if you are going to be looking at screens late at night - because they work! The eye is the body's primary sensor to light, so restricting the blue light coming into the eye is key.
2. Install screen filters on your phone
Just a few minutes of light exposure from your screen can disrupt melatonin production for hours - having a huge effect on your sleep quality and health. Modern devices use screens that emit large amounts of blue light. We use and recommend filters for phones, tablets and laptop devices to reduce blue and UV light exposure.
3. Install blue light blocking software
As just a few minutes of light exposure from your screen can disrupt melatonin production for a long period of time, there are now apps to combat the amount of light your device emits. Check Google Play or the App Store for the latest smartphone apps, and check out Iris for blue light filter eye protection software for computer screens and laptops.
4. Use low blue light bulbs
Energy efficient light bulbs such as halogen lights, fluorescent lights and even some LED lights emit large amounts of blue-containing 'white light'. Traditional light sources such as incandescent light bulbs or even fire (i.e. candles) emit far less, in comparison. However for the very best in low blue light lighting we recommend our Sleep Enhancing bulbs.
5. Sleep with an eye mask
Even though our skin senses light, our eyes are the primary sensors. Our eyelids are translucent and studies have shown that even a small amount of light perceived through closed eyelids can disrupt circadian rhythm and your sleep quality. Solution? Cover them with a contoured eye mask.
6. Use low-wattage red nightlights
If you must get up during the night, don’t turn on the main lights. If you really need light to go to the loo, look at having a low wattage red nightlight.
7. Wear blue light filter computer glasses during the daytime
For those spending significant periods of time during the day in front of screens need to filter down the blue light to protect their eyes. Our ScreenTIme Computer Glasses feature our specialized ClearBlue lenses which permits the good light responsible for alertness, mood, brain activity and optimal health whilst filtering the harmful artificial blue light that leads to digital eye strain, headaches, and macular degeneration.
8.Reduce light pollutionTurn off or cover any electronic devices that glow or put out light. Your room should ideally be pitch black all night. Consider replacing digital clocks with analogue clocks.