Are You Having Trouble Falling Asleep?
The blue light from your digital devices may have some effect on you falling asleep and having a quality night’s sleep. You may have experienced trouble falling asleep after staring at your phone or other digital devices right before bedtime. The blue light from your digital devices keeps us up and stimulates us to wake up, whether from the sun or from the screens we use.
According to a study from Molecular Vision blue light has been proven to affect the body’s circadian rhythm, our natural wake and sleep cycle, limiting screen time to one to two hours before bed and using night mode on electronic devices is a good idea for minimizing blue light exposure affecting our ability to fall asleep.
Night Mode Can Help Reduce Blue Light
Night mode, or dark mode, is a setting offered on many digital devices to decrease screen brightness and reduce eye strain in the process. Instead of featuring a predominantly white background with black text, the typical dark mode displays a black background with a white or colored text or shifts lighter colors more toward pink and red instead of blue. The contrast and colors used in night mode reduce glare and help our eyes adjust more easily to surrounding light, leading to less eye strain and easier, comfortable reading.
Decreasing blue light exposure and limiting screen time and brightness can help you sleep better and feel more comfortable.
According to the American Academy of Opthalmology, blue light exposure is important. Sleep cycles may be disrupted if not handled in moderation at night. Studies show young people are particularly susceptible to blue light affecting sleep. Luckily, our technology has adapted. A simple way to avoid both sleep disruption and eye strain is to turn on night mode on our iPhone or Android devices.
To recharge your body and to maintain good eye health, try putting down your digital device one to two hours before bed. If you have to catch up on your favorite TV show or read on your digital device, switch to the night mode settings to eliminate eye strain. Call Eyecare Associates today at 504-455-9825 to schedule an appointment to keep your eyes healthy!