Is Blue Light at Night Fuckin’ Your Days Up?

Is Blue Light at Night Fuckin’ Your Days Up?

We’re paying a price for the convenience of all this light and all these screens surrounding us.  Our circadian rhythms are what get us moving and flowing through the day and ultimately dictate our energy, mood and focus levels.

Luckily thanks to modern day science, we’re well aware of the villain. And we’re also aware of our saviors that enable us to have our cake and eat it too.

The villain? If  you guessed ‘blue light’ you get a gold star.

The unsung and underutilized heroes? Red and orange lights. And Filters. Specifically things that filter out blue light from our hypnotizing screens that keep us connected to all the goodies, splendor and information modern day civilization has blessed us with.

According to Harvard:

“At night, light throws the body’s biological clock—the circadian rhythm—out of whack. Sleep suffers. Worse, research shows that it may contribute to the causation of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.”

So this is something we might really really want to keep our eyes on. Or should I say, keep our eyes off? 😉

There are serious repercussions to being constantly entrenched and spell-bound by our screens and using bright lights at night time.

As you get older you start to notice just how important sleep is and maybe you’re one of the millions of people with self proclaimed insomnia.  Maybe you’re suffering lack of focus during the day time? Lethargy?
Simply switching to red and orange lights at night time like our ancestors would have might help ease some of these nuisances.

Our ancestors would chill around fires at night time or in more modern history they’d whip out the kerosene lamps or candles.   Luckily for us, we have some easy solutions that I constantly recommend to people.

Color changing LEDs, amazon has a bunch of them. They’re my preferred method. My favorite by far is LiFX as it has a true red and seems to be of the highest quality and company with the most integrity. But there are also other affordable options that seem just as good honestly, like magic light. They connect to bluetooth or WiFi on your phone. Not a fan of Philip’s hue, gave them a go with fervor and excitement only to find out the green wasn’t actually green it was some sort of lime color and the red wasn’t red it maxed out at pink, but some people seem to enjoy them.

Also, one thing to note here is, I think naked bodies kinda look pretty rad in red light for when you’re getting your grown-up on.  These lights also have settings where they vibe with music and are a lot of fun to play with the settings.

There’s also another solution, manually switching out your daytime lights for nighttime red or orange LED or incandescents.  It’s a bit cheaper, but you pay a price in having to tediously switch them out when the sun goes down and then upon waking where it’s much easier to just hit a button on your phone.

Screen Control

These guys are insanely bright and problematic.

iPhone:

I was actually impressed that apple actually cared enough to add a nighttime filter called NightShift which blocks the most deleterious wavelength of blue light that disrupts melatonin. Dig around your settings on your iPhone it’s pretty easy to find from my understanding.

Also if you want more control over it and a wider spectrum of filtering you could try the Iris App.

f.lux is also available for iPhone.

Android:

Download the Twilight App. My preferred setting is as a deep red as it can go (1000k). And I try to keep it as dim as possible while still being able to read things.

Alternatively you can use f.lux(I myself prefer twilight due to how red it can go).

You might want to explore Iris as well.

Linux:
f.lux is by far the most popular.

Also there is redshift which is nicer imo, but I’ve had issues with getting it to work properly in ubuntu sometimes.

Also Iris.

Windows:

f.lux has a beta version.

Then you have the option of Sunscreen to play with. Never used it so I have no say in the matter.

Iris is available for windows.

Mac OS X:

The two available options are:  f.lux & Iris.

Google Chrome Web Browser:

Iris

Screen Shader seems like a great option.

Castin’ Shade

And one last note, if you don’t mind looking dorky at night time while sitting around with your friends or your significant others. Or maybe.. you have some voyeurs that might laugh at you. You can always try wearing Amber colored Sunglasses that you can easily find on ebay, amazon or at your local thriftstore(that’s where I’ve found my last two pairs).

They work really really well imo, although ideally you’d want ones that block light from the side that are almost goggle like, but that’s kinda unrealistic- although if you get as neurotic as I do about these things, it might be in your favor to find some. But blocking a good portion of blue light is better than blocking none when it comes to protecting that melatonin supply.

Cheers.

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