We’re always looking for tips to help us stay energized and help us power through our busy days — and we love sharing our finds with our dedicated readers! In 2013, Dr. Oz did a segment on the “Top Three Energy Solutions.” One of these solutions stuck out to us in particular: wearing orange/amber-tinted glasses. How can glasses help you feel energized? Here’s what you need to know:
What is melatonin?
Let’s start with the basics. While you may have heard about the supplement called melatonin, found at nearly any pharmacy or drugstore, you may not realize that it is also a hormone that is naturally produced. Secreted in the brain when it is dark, the melatonin signals to the body that it is time to go to sleep. When light comes on, the production of melatonin is reduced and your body knows that it is time to wake up.
What is blue light?
Do you spend lots of time in front of your TV, iPad, or other electronics? Don’t worry, so do we! Blue light is light that is emitted from electronic devices such as televisions, computers, tablets, and mobile phones. Unfortunately, we may not realize that this light may be what is keeping us up at night. Blue light slows the production of melatonin and makes it harder to fall asleep at bedtime.
So, where do these tinted glasses come in?
We all know that getting a good night’s sleep is the key to feeling energized! Wearing orange/amber-tinted glasses in the few hours leading up to your bedtime will allow you to block out the blue light produced by your devices and make it easier for you to fall asleep. Where can you find a pair? These tinted computer reading glasses are both affordable and readily available online!
While it may not seem like it can make much of a difference, there is no reason not to try them out! If you are dragging during the day, try winding down with some tinted computer readers (find all clear, amber/orange, and yellow tints here) in the evening, and you may just be surprised with how much easier you fall asleep!