Sleep is a beautiful thing; wouldn’t you agree? In terms of our physical and mental health, sleep (unless you’re suffering from toss-and-turns every night) has many benefits that we need in order to live a healthy daily life. Maria Konnikova, puts it astutely in this fascinating New York Times article. “As your body sleeps, your brain is quite actively playing the part of mental janitor: It’s clearing out all of the junk that has accumulated as a result of your daily thinking.” However, as our lives become increasingly busy, we tend to find ourselves spending long evenings working in the office or studying away in the library, while sleep becomes a secondary activity (thanks to the constant activity on social media and free coffee at work). Unfortunately, these habits can affect our sleep patterns in a very harmful way.
Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. – National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute
What is blue light?
When we spend long hours in the evening looking at our cell phones, tablets or computer screens, our bodies are absorbing large amounts of what is called “blue light”. Blue light is the bright, artificial light that is produced by LED screens, which are now included in most of our modern day devices. Although it increases our attention spans during the day, blue light absorbed during evening hours can actually have a very negative effect on our body’s natural clock, aka our “circadian rhythm”. When it gets dark outside at the end of the day, our brain begins to produce a natural chemical called melatonin which signals to our body that it is time to go to sleep. However, studies have shown that the short light wavelength that LED screens emit actually inhibit the natural production of melatonin, which is why we may experience insomnia-like symptoms after working late nights. Insomnia is a wide spread problem among people today and can be harmful for the brain.
Glasses that block blue light
In fact, there is an easy (and stylish) way to combat these nasty effects of blue light. They are called blue blocking glasses and they are a great natural sleep aid. They help people who are suffering from sleep deprivation or have sleeping trouble after working at night. An idea that originally came from NASA, the lenses are specifically designed to block blue LED light and harmful UV rays that are disrupting our natural melatonin intake. Essentially, the lenses work by filtering out the blue light portion from the visible colour spectrum when you’re using your devices at night. Therefore, all you have to do is wear them while you’re working at night, and you will soon find yourself in dreamland bliss! Not to mention, you can always wear these glasses during the day as well for continued protection.
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These Gunnar frames are made from durable plastic and have yellow tinted lenses to effectively block out blue light.
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These Poppy Glasses make a great addition to your outfit. They also come with a customisable lens material. Suitable for all genders, these poppy glasses are designed to bring your eyes to life. They have UV protection coating and 100% RX accuracy guaranteed.
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Designed with a charming blue frame colour, these Maxwell Glasses come with superb SmartBuyGlasses prescriptions and quality craftsmanship. These frames can be worn by all genders and also include free anti-scratch coatings, and more.
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Who doesn’t love a classic round shape? These Morgan Glasses are bound to make your eyes the star of the show. They’re also unisex and can be worn with subtle, minimalistic looks – if that’s more your thing. Check out our video for a quick summary of how blue-glasses improve your sleep