When my sleep started to become increasingly less and I became more and more tired with each passing day, I knew there had to be a solution. I started researching and saw a common theme about “blue light” and how it affects your sleep. There’s a chemical called melatonin in your brain, and it helps you sleep. Blue light prevents melatonin from being generated, which in turn affects your sleep cycles. What’s the solution? Don’t look at any screens an hour before bed. Believe me, it’s harder than it sounds.
I went for approximately three weeks with not looking at any screens an hour before bed. No phones, no computers, no TVs. Instead, I spent my time reading and listening to audio podcasts. While I did notice a positive change in my sleep, it wasn’t the “enormous” change I was hoping for. It was almost as if my brain had already adapted to deal with the blue light before bed.
What I Discovered
Through this process, I discovered that diet and lifestyle are more important than avoiding blue light. Don’t get me wrong, there was some positive benefit to it, but it wasn’t the huge improvement I was hoping for. I’ve since “slipped” in my discipline to not look at a screen, and after some other diet and lifestyle tweaks, I’ve noticed improved sleep and energy during the day. I started taking some natural supplements I needed to be taking, and I watch what I eat more (your blood type can be sensitive to certain types of food). Along with those things, as well as exercise, I’m feeling much better!
Should You Try It?
If you think blue light might be affecting your sleep, absolutely try going without it. The results may vary depending on the person, so I would definitely recommend trying it out.
What do you think? Does blue light affect your sleep? Drop a comment below!