Sleep is the most important daily routine we do in a 24-hour period. Getting quality sleep is one of the best things you can do for your health and well-being. Sleep hygiene is so important!
We are a dark-deprived society! Blue light is everywhere. Modern-day living does not always embrace the necessity for adequate sleep. Yet, it is important to make an effort to get enough sleep regularly. Cell phone, television, electric lights, computer screen and any blue light exposure especially during evening hours has a significant effect on our quality of sleep. This aspect of modern life has contributed to sleep deprivation, which is defined as less than seven hours of sleep per night. Unfortunately, this has a measurable impact on our general health & our mental health as well. There are powerful links between sleep loss and the diseases of Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, obesity and poor mental health.
The average office worker spends 1,700 hours a year in front of a computer screen, and COVID-19 has forced all of us to navigate the logistics of work, school, and social life more on our digital devices than ever before. Screen time has various negative effects on our body and mind, such as dry eye, eye strain, headaches, sleep disturbances and insomnia.
The blue light emitting from these devices suppresses the production of the sleep hormone melatonin. It disrupts melatonin production and throws off our circadian rhythm, biological clock, or the way our body functions with relation to time. Melatonin is the hormone that controls our sleep cycle. This means the less melatonin our body produces, the more issues we are going to have initiating or staying asleep. Some people’s circadian rhythm can handle these longer hours and reduced melatonin levels better than others, but in the end, a consistently low melatonin level is not healthy.
I know it can be difficult to disconnect from everything we do hours before bed. There are many solutions to handle most home LED (blue) light. One good option, a simple way, is to wear blue light filter glasses that can significantly reduce the eye’s direct exposure to blue light.
Your body is wonderfully made and beautifully magical. Regenerative sleep is a powerful answer to longevity and health! Allow sleep to foster optimal recovery. Let SLEEP heal you. Make SLEEP your priority
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