Not Getting Enough Sleep? Blame Your Devices

Tinkering with your gadgets at night may cause not only eye strain, but serious sleep problems as well.  Your eyes are hard-wired to your brain and react to different lighting conditions.  At night, you’re not supposed to be exposed to  screens that are calibrated to look like the sun.

The light emitted from the screens of our devices are patterned to look like the sun’s. During the day, exposure to our screens’ “blue light” isn’t really a bad thing; it keeps us productive. When night comes, the issue arises. Since  computer screens are still configured in the same manner as it was during the day, it’s prone to disrupt your Circadian Cycle (the 24-hour body clock cycle). So how bad is it? Being exposed lights at times when your aren’t supposed to  can exacerbate sleep and cause retinal damage.

Coming in free of charge, f.lux changes the way your screen looks to better suite your eyes.  In the day, it maintains the calibration patterned to the sun to keep you productive. At night, it keeps the light emitted to a warm tone to reduce eye strain.

There is a wide range of different lights that affect our Circadian Cycle. Although commonly referred to as the “blue light”, the light emitted by our screens  actually consist of the colors  green, blue, cyan, and orange. Scientific research has revealed the photopigment in the eye, Melanopsin,  to be extremely sensitive to that specific light.  It is very much possible that the reason why you’re staying up later than you should is because of your exposure to blue light. f.lux solves that. With geo-tracking available in the application, it automatically sets the  proper screen calibration based on the sunset and sunrise of your location, automatically.

It is very common for us humans to spend hours and hours in front of screens. To reduce eye strain, and possibility solve eye problems, download f.lux now. Free of charge, f.lux is available for Android, Mac, and Windows.

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