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AD. I’m not sure about you but I can ALWAYS use more sleep. Sleep is scarce in our house at times, and working late into the evening definitely does not help with this. Looking after myself, trying to sleep more, finishing work earlier and playing calming music are just some of the ways that I have been trying to improve my sleep. Today I want to talk to you about blue light and how you can still safely use your digital devices and protect your own sleep pattern.
What is blue light?
You may have heard of blue light before, and that it can be harmful to your sleep. However, like me you may never have learned more. I’ve always thought that blue light was something that you would be able to clearly see. As my iPhone has a night-time mode I’ve never really worried about it and always just assumed that I was already protected. Which isn’t the case.
Blue light, artificial light, is emitted from LED lighting and digital devices. Every time you use your mobile phone, MacBook or Kindle you are being exposed to this blue light. Learn more about blue light here. Exposure to this blue light, particularly at night, can lead to being awake longer and more disturbed sleep when you do go to sleep.
How can you beat the side effects of blue light?
You could stop using digital devices. As if. Alternatively you can look for ways to benefit yourself, and still enjoy your devices. Ocushield, a computer screen cover for eyes, is designed to protect your eyes and help you enjoy a good night’s sleep. You can buy an Ocushield to fit your tablet, smartphone or computer. The cheapest Ocushield starts from just £7.99, for Samsung devices, and they have a variety of products available.
You can still use your device as normal, and the picture will still be clear, but the blue light transmittance will be cut out. This will help avoid exposure for you, helping avoid disruption and in turn helping you feel more rested and sleep better at night. Also, Ocushield say that with their filter in place you won’t know it is there AND it will protect your device from scratches and cracks.
For me personally dealing with blue light is just one of the ways that I am working hard to try and improve my sleep at night. I have also been imposing a bedtime, of 11pm, and I have been trying to turn off my devices at least 30 minutes beforehand. This is a small step for me but a lot of my work is completed in the evening, once Daisy is in bed.
It can be hard learning to look after yourself better, and thinking about things like blue light, but as you can just fit a filter, and forget about it, I think it makes sense to do so. Getting a good night’s sleep can be a game changer, especially as a parent to a small child. I’m still able to get everything done but with blue light filters I have one less thing to worry about.