Sleep Tip #2
Step away from the blue light. I repeat … Step AWAY from the blue light.
… at night anyway. But if you’re at a blue light disco, dance your little heart out, baby. (Are blue light disco’s still a thing?? Showing my age over here.)
Anyway, back on topic, if you’re about to go to bed & are staring at your phone or watching telly, then you need to STOP.
Just STOP! 🛑 😅
Most people are aware that spending too much time looking at screens late at night can be bad for their sleep. But many don’t realise that the blue light emitted by screens can actually interfere with their circadian rhythm.
What IS your circadian rhythm?
(Hint, it’s not a dance move & it is also not dancing cicadas. At least I don’t think it is anyway. 🧐)
It is your body’s natural 24-hour cycle that dictates when you feel awake and when you feel tired, so you really don’t want to mess with that.
Basically, when it’s dark outside, your body produces more of the hormone melatonin, which makes you feel sleepy. But when you’re exposed to blue light in the evening, it tricks your body into thinking it’s still daytime, which reduces melatonin production and makes it harder to fall asleep. To find out more about your circadian rhythm, read our blog What is Your Circadian Rhythm?
There are a few ways to reduce your blue light exposure in the evening:-
- Dim the lights in your house a few hours before bedtime.
- Avoid using electronic devices like computers and phones for at least an hour before you go to sleep. And
- If you do use electronics in the evening, try wearing blue-light blocking glasses or installing a blue-light filter on your device.
By taking these steps, you can help ensure that you get a good night’s sleep.
For more sleep tips, check out our other blogs here.
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Wishing you good nights & days ahead.