Do you suffer from eye strain, migraines, dry eyes, blurred vision, and interrupted sleep? Maybe you need blue light blocker glasses?
Are your eyes are experiencing signs of exhaustion after prolonged use of digital screens? You may benefit from blue light blocking glasses. You may not even be aware of how blue light is affecting you. You may not even realize how hard your eyes are working overtime to give you the vision needed to stay connected to your computer screen for endless hours. Listen to your body and your eyes. Were you even aware that there were harmful blue-violet light rays that are emitted from digital screens? Blue light blocker glasses are designed to filter these harmful rays out.
So what is this blue light everyone is talking about? Is it really affecting my eyes?
The visible light spectrum colors ranges from blue to red. Blue light sits on the very edge of the spectrum, close to invisible UV light. Blue light is considered HEV, a “high-energy visible light”. Its wavelength hits the eyes at a higher frequency, which is much shorter than those colors closer to the red end of the spectrum.
The blue light that falls on the beneficial side of the line in this graphic comes from the sun. The sun’s blue light controls our sleep and wake cycles (circadian rhythm), and memory. When we expose ourselves to excessive amounts of blue light produced by digital screens, we expose our eyes to something unnatural and harmful. Blue light is known to cause eye strain, headaches, and disruptions in your body’s sleep cycle. Blue light computer glasses protect your eyes from blue light, and all the symptoms that go along with it.
When to Wear Blue Light Blocking Glasses
“Close to 80 percent report using digital devices, including TV, in the hour before going to sleep, with almost 55 percent in the first hour they are awake.” Your sleep cycle will surely suffer from such usage (more on that later); however, the other thing these statistics show is this: Although minimizing your screen time would help, for many doing so has become nearly impossible. Screens are a part of our lives like never before. Screens have become your source of news, entertainment, communication, and social interaction- not to mention a tool for work. More than ever, people are working virtually which can be very taxing on your eyes.
We cannot simply avoid digital screens. Instead, we must learn to find ways to protect ourselves from the potential negative effects screen use can have.
Melatonin—the most important aspect to promote healing while sleeping.
Blue light can also greatly affect your ability to have a good night’s sleep. How does blue light control your sleep cycle? The natural blue light emitted from the sun signals your body when to sleep and when to wake up. Specifically, blue light tells your brain to stop producing melatonin, the chemical associated with sleepiness. If you use screens near bedtime, you cause your brain confusion. Melatonin should be switched on since nighttime has come, but the screens signal your brain to stop that production. Sleep studies show that use of digital devices before bed makes it more difficult to fall asleep, the quality of how you sleep is negatively affected and when you wake up you are not as well rested. The best solution would be to remove screens at night, about 1-2 hours before bed, but this is a difficult task for most of us. However, you can still take advantage of your screens without sacrificing sleep! Blue light blocker glasses users, can use their devices with reduced blue-light exposure before bed and are able to preserve their precious sleep.
Should I Wear Blue Light Glasses When Watching TV?
There’s a lot of talk about using blue light blocking glasses when using laptops, smartphones, and tablets, but what about while watching TV? Just like laptops and tablets, TVs are also a source of blue light. As such, it’s recommended that you slide your blue light lenses on when watching TV, especially when watching at night or before bed. While winding down with a TV show before bed can be a relaxing experience, it also exposes your eyes to artificial blue light that disrupts your internal clock and suppresses melatonin production. The glow from the TV essentially fools your body into thinking it’s time to get up and start your day, rather than time to go to sleep. Thankfully, blue light blocking glasses can counter these effects so you can relax and enjoy watching TV without sacrificing your sleep.
Preserve your sleep cycle, increase melatonin production, enhance your body’s ability to heal and detoxify the body during those critical hours, and ultimately protect your precious eyes! Don’t Delay ! Get your Blue Blocker glasses today!
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