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Science’s Answer to Your Sleep Problems

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Science works through experimentation. The basis for scientific theories comes through day to day observation. Essentially, you or I might notice a pattern in life and decide to test if the pattern works under various circumstances. The first time someone experienced digital eye strain (DES), of course, was well before the condition received recognition in the medical community. Before studying the phenomenon started, someone had to notice it.

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The effects of blue light on the human eye and brain, therefore, were known before they were understood. In practice, those who exposed themselves to too much blue light felt the effects. Eventually, someone noticed the connection between the cause and effect. Since that time, however, science has caught up with the practical solutions. Recently in Psychology Today, Dr. Michael Breus summarized much of the current scientific research on blue light’s connection to sleep cycle.

The Many Studies

Dr. Breus runs through several studies in his article. Here we’ll outline many of the studies briefly, and link you to the original source.

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Finding Help in the Studies

After reading through that brief run down, it probably feels like we threw the kitchen sink at you. We don’t list these studies to overwhelm you. The point, and we think it comes across, is that the science backs up what we’re talking about. If you can’t find a way to reduce your blue light exposure at night, your sleep cycle will likely only continue to get worse. Dr. Breus also offers 3 helpful tips to avoid the problems of blue light and sleep.

  1. Limit light exposure for the final 1-2 hours before bed. You don’t need to turn all lights and electronics off, but the more light, the worse you’ll sleep. Be aware.
  2. Be sure to get plenty of natural and artificial light throughout the day time. This regulates your circadian rhythm.
  3. If you need a light after bedtime, don’t use large overhead lights that disrupt your rhythm. Instead, use small lights.

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You already know the reason you aren’t sleeping well. Take action today to combat the negative effects of blue light!

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