According to a recent study by the University of Manchester, we may have the wrong idea of blue light filters. The blue light filters on our devices, also known as night mode, night shift, night light, etc., are designed to help us sleep better at night by not conflicting with our daily rhythm. It turned out that this function could do the opposite.
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Granted, I was always a bit skeptical about the health benefits of blue light filters. I have often wondered why the lighting on long flights turned to a dark blue hue during the hours that passengers normally sleep and to a bright yellow during ideal waxing hours.
Keyword that your body has to switch to sleep mode.
But what does that mean for us? What is the best way to ensure that our devices don't conflict with our internal clocks? Ultimately, the answer is simple – just don't look at screens before going to bed.
No matter what you do with your device's screen, it will still emit artificial light and possibly cause clutter with your sleep cycle. Optimization and life hacking will never change that.
But for those of you who aren't happy with this answer, reversing our lighting habits may be one of the best things. Instead of using warm, yellow tinted lights at night, try switching everything to a faint blue light. This is especially easy if you already have smart lights.
Creating a twilight atmosphere can be the visual cue your body needs to go into sleep mode. I'm just going to try to stay away from my phone. The last thing I want is the feeling of being caught on another night flight. This is the easiest way to ensure a sleepless night.
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