Tuesday, March 22, 2016

This is The Reason You're Not Sleeping at Night


by Alex Szymanski

Ever feel like no matter how long you lie in bed you can't fall asleep? It's probably because of the phone in your hand. Studies show that the blue light emitted from our cell phones and tablets is in fact quite harmful when it comes to our sleep cycles, according to a study from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. With the rise of tablets as the leading reading platform, the number of people beginning to experience the phenomenon is rising every day. This effect is caused by the blue color itself. Blue light travels at about the 460nm range of the light spectrum and this wave triggers centers in the brain the stop the production of melatonin which makes us want to sleep. There are several ways you can prevent this: 

1) You could swear off the electronics and stick to books and warm milk before bed or 
2) you could download an app on your phone to filter out the blue light waves.
In this digital age it's hard to unplug so I decided to go with the latter option. I choose the app Twilight, by the Urbandroid Team. This application changes the color filter of the screen you your device to a red hue in order to filter out the potentially harmful blue light wavelengths.

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Unfiltered Filtered

This app is not intrusive, helpful, and easy to navigate and use. On top of that it's free. I would really recommend this app to anyone that wants to get a better sleep at night, so everyone.


Works Cited
"Evening Use of Light-emitting EReaders Negatively Affects Sleep, Circadian Timing, and Next- morning Alertness." Evening Use of Light-emitting EReaders Negatively Affects Sleep, Circadian Timing, and Next-morning Alertness. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Mar. 2016.
Hill, Simon. "Is Blue Light Keeping You up at Night? We Ask the Experts." Digital Trends. Digital Trends, 25 July 2015. Web. 03 Mar. 2016.
Rainie, Lee, and Andrew Perrin. "Slightly Fewer Americans Are Reading Print Books, New Survey Finds." FactTank. PewResearchCenter, 19 Oct. 2015. Web. 3 Mar. 2016.

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