So, I’m trying something new!
I’ve never really had trouble sleeping, but I am trying to get MORE sleep, which means hopefully I’m not dead tired when I fall into bed too late at night.
I’ve been experimenting with these blue blocker glasses to help towards that goal.
Why Block Blue Light After Dark?
The artificial light emanating from computers, phones, TVs, and tablets, and even the light bulbs in your home after the sun sets can disrupt one’s circadian rhythm. The artificial light may look white, but LEDs especially emit light in the blue range and it tricks your body into thinking it’s still daytime which can mess up your body’s natural rhythm and therefore your sleep cycle.
The idea behind blocking the blue light with these glasses is that you can help your body keep to its natural rhythm which will help you get to sleep easier and sleep better.
It’s the same principle as the somewhat new “night mode” or “nightshift” feature on some phones. You can set your phone to automatically change its hue to an amber colored light after sunset to help lessen the effect of the artificial light on our bodies.
Do The Blue Blocker Glasses Work?
I’ve been using these glasses off and on for a few months now. During the winter when the sun sets at 5:30 I don’t grab them that early, but I’ll reach for them after I tuck my kids into bed. This pair of glasses also looks like it might be a good set to try.
Preliminary results are that I actually woke up before my alarm about 5 times in the first few weeks, which equals the number of times I’ve done that my entire life. (That was actually before I was trying to get more sleep.) So maybe there’s something to them!! It’s hard to say for sure if I felt more rested the next morning. It’s so subjective, especially because I have a terrible, inconsistent sleep schedule. 🙁 More data needed!