A lot of us stay up late, watching television or plucking away at our computers (I know I’m in that crowd), and apparently this can be detrimental to our health, at least insofar as getting a good night’s sleep is concerned. Our bodies create melatonin, the “sleep hormone” and, according to LowBlueLights.com, “Melatonin is produced by your pineal gland, normally only when you are in darkness. Using artificial light [specifically the blue rays in artificial light] in the evening before going to bed shuts down melatonin production.” In short, it can harm our ability to get a good night’s sleep.
Well, you could simply stay away from the artificial lights, tvs, and computers before bedtime, but what would one do in the dark anyway? Well, besides that.
That website offers a few solutions. You can get a filter to place over your laptop, tv, or ipad screen. You can also get wrap-around glasses to wear for an hour or so before bed (until you turn the lights out), or you can get light bulbs that are coated to eliminate the blue rays. The LowBlueLights website sells all these and has more articles on the importance of melatonin in sleep.