Screen Time and How it Affects Sleep Quality

by shelly.

 Do you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep like most Americans? There are multiple reasons why, and in this issue we’ll address a big one: Screen Time at night.

Most of us watch tv, check our email, and of course check our bright-as-the-sun phone right before bed. All these screens have one thing in common, blue light. The blue light that emanates from all of our screens mimics bright sunlight that signals our bodies that it is nowhere near time to go to sleep. It shuts off melatonin production and causes eye strain.

What can you do short of avoiding all screens 2 hours prior to bed time?
  • Download f.lux onto your laptop, tablet and phone. On my phone I’ve also used an app called Twilight. These apps filter out the harmful blue light and dim your screens based on your local sunset and sunrise times. Your screen will appear slightly dimmer, and more yellow/red instead of the eye piercing blue at night. It may take some getting used to, but it runs automatically and really helps me!
  • We want cortisol to spike first thing in the morning and slowly decrease throughout the day, in time for melatonin production to take place at night. To help this process, you can – Eat a pinch of himilayan sea salt first thing in the morning. – Exercise in the morning even for 5-10 minutes. – Avoid the news or suspenseful shows at night. – And for f*ck’s sake do not open your work email as you’re headed to bed!
  • Airplane Mode – If you sleep with your phone next to you, radiation waves are entering and affecting your brain waves all night. We often use our phones as our alarm clocks. If you need yours near by, please, please please turn your phone on Airplane Mode to stop the EMF waves. They are highly sleep disrupting, plus when we wake up in the middle of the night we’re tempted to check our phone, aka the SUN and then it’s all over for quality sleep.
  • These highly fashionable orange glasses filter out 98% of blue light, reducing eye strain and allowing you to watch tv without affecting melatonin production at night. http://amzn.to/2bwlimO . Glasses reduce eye fatigue and Computer Vision Syndrome.

Filtering out the blue light and EMF can drastically help with your sleep, and reduce anxiety. Experiment with it for a week and see how it goes for you.

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