If you have a hard time sleeping at night, then maybe it’s time to look at how you use your electronic gadgets. If American Medical Association’s Council on Science and Public Health report published in 2012 is to be believed, extended use of such gadgets at night can lead to a variety of sleep disorders.
But why do these gadgets disrupt our sleep? Studies have found that much of the problem has got to do with light emitted by these gadgets called blue-violet light. And it suppresses the secretion of a hormone called melatonin, which helps us fall asleep. It also causes dry eyes. The interesting part is that even sunlight contains this form of light, which is what keeps us active during daytime. However, what is more worrisome is the fact that it has also been linked to some serious diseases such as cancer and diabetes.
So what is the solution?
You can make use of certain apps which can filter out blue light by giving the screen of your smartphone or tablet a red hue and changing its color temperature. Although these apps are not perfect and it might take a bit of time for you to get used to it but you will certainly benefit from them in the long run.
One of the best apps in this segment is Twilight which gradually reduces the color temperature of your gadget’s screen so that by the time you hit your bed, its effect is in full force. It utilizes the gadget’s light sensor for filtering purpose.
If you are looking for a more advanced option, then you can go for CF.lumen. It does not give a red hue to the screen but instead makes use of a custom driver to control the display of colors. Not only is this app more effective but also keeps the screen easy to read and use. This root app also keeps a track of sunrise and sunset time by determining your location, and makes adjustments accordingly.
In case, you do not quite like the idea of your screen display hued to a dull red for blue-viollet light filtering purpose, then there are some other options on offer. First of all, use smartphones instead of laptops and tablets to reduce your exposure to blue light. Secondly, don’t keep your screen too bright and utilize the night mode whenever you can. While reading e-books, use sepia or black background with white texts.
An app called Lux can also be used for automatic adjustment of brightness levels. Not only does it keeps your screen dim but also prevents glaring and drying of eyes. In addition, it also improves the battery life of your gadget.
So if you cannot keep yourself away from these electronic gadgets at night, then make use of these amazing blue light filtering apps to keep enjoying them while keeping their adverse effects at bay.
In case you are experiencing certain eye related problems and want a comprehensive ophthalmic examination, then get in touch with Omni Eye Centre by calling at (02) 9587 1333 or visiting omnieyecentre.com.au/contact-us/ to book an appointment online.