You have probably heard that it’s not a good idea to watch TV, use computers, or other electronic devices before bed due to blue light. Yes, that’s true, it is ideal to get away from blue light before bed.
What about glasses and cell phone apps that block blue light?
The bottom line is that if you use them, it is better than not using anything to block blue light, but it still doesn’t solve the problem. Blue light is not the only light that interferes with sleep. Exposure to light in general should be limited before bed, including electronic devices, regardless of whether or not the blue light is blocked.
Wait, there’s more. Light is not the only problem with the use of TVs, computers, and phones before bed. Think about this: what are you doing with those devices? If you are trying to squeeze in a little more work, does that cause stress? If you are playing a game, is it the kind of game that will get you hooked and keep you up to late? If you are watching a movie or show, is it exciting? Does social media get your thoughts flowing?
If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, it may be a good idea to find something different for your pre-sleep routine. Before going to bed, it is essential to turn off the mind in order to get quality sleep. Anything that does the opposite is counterproductive.
Now, of course there are exceptions. Sometimes you have to work late, or need to check your email. If that’s the case for you, by all means use anything you have to block blue light! Just make sure you aren’t fooling yourself into thinking the blue light blockers take away the issue completely.
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