We’re always looking for tips to help us stay energized and we love sharing our finds with our dedicated readers! In 2013, Dr. Oz did a segment on the “Top Three Energy Solutions” and one solution really stuck out to us–wearing orange or amber-tinted glasses. But how can wearing tinted glasses help you feel energized? It all starts with being able to fall asleep. Here’s what you need to know:
What is melatonin?
Let’s start with the basics. Melatonin is a naturally-produced hormone that helps control your sleep-wake cycle. In the evening and throughout the night, melatonin levels rise, signaling to your body that it’s time to sleep. Although melatonin has earned the nickname “the sleep hormone”, it also has several other benefits, including its antioxidant properties. Keep this in mind as you read about blue light and its effects.
What is blue light?
Blue light has a short wavelength and high energy. Because of its brightness, blue light is used in electronic devices–televisions, computers, tablets, and mobile phones–and fluorescent lighting. While we may enjoy spending time in from of our screens, we often don’t realize that this light might be what’s keeping us up at night. Blue light slows the production of melatonin, making it harder to fall asleep at bedtime. Worse yet, blue light is so powerful that it can impact more than just our sleep schedules.
So, where do these tinted glasses come in?
It’s no surprise that getting a good night’s sleep is key to feeling energized. In addition to avoiding screen time while you’re in bed, wearing amber-tinted glasses for a few hours leading up to bedtime can help you fall asleep. This is because amber lenses block out blue light emitted from electronic devices, which prevents the production of melatonin from slowing down and makes it easier for you to fall asleep. Yellow-tinted computer readers can also help block out light rays that could be causing headaches and eyestrain from too much screen time. For more on the benefits of computer readers, click here.