Saturday, 30 August 2014

It's a sleepy story - F.Lux / Good sleep for Android

As I'm writing to you now my screen is a sort of reddy colour.
As I have mentioned a couple of times now, our bodies naturally reduce the amount of Cortisol that we produce in the evening time.

Instead we produce a hormone called Melatonin. This is the hormone that is responsible for making us feel sleepy and thus falling asleep. (And staying there).

But these days so many of us stay up late looking at screens and sitting under bright lights. The worse kind of bright light for our hormones is blue light which I'd emitted from screens mainly. Studies have shown that after exposure to blue light in the evening, that participants have higher levels of drowsiness and lower levels of energy metabolism in comparison to those who did not.

In nature, and in man's history, when it got dark, we either huddled around a fie or went to sleep. Now though at midnight we have sun flooded homes and an array or bright screens. We prevent our bodies making Melatonin and thus we sleep poorer and take longer to nod off.

Like the mobile phone blog, I'm not advocating going to bed at 8am, but a long with tinted glasses there are a few easy steps to help.

One of them is called f.lux and is a program on your computer which turns down your screen and changes the colour spectrum to soft reds rather than intense bright white. Not only is it softer on the eyes, but easier on the hormones.
No doubt not using a screen would be best, but its a small great step. Try it!

I use Windows and Android, and on my tablet I use a App called "good sleep". It's so easy to set up and use and is free on the play store.

It's a sleepy story!

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