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The thin blue light

How blue light arrests and controls your melatonin hormone.

How blue light arrests and controls your melatonin hormone.

Melatonin is a hormone naturally produced by the pineal gland in your brain. This hormone is a fundamental part of our body’s sleep-wake cycle. When it gets dark, our brains release this hormone into our blood stream to encourage sleep. When it gets light, the brain gradually reduces this supply in order to encourage wakefulness. This is why we sleep at night.

You probably see what direction we are going to take this in… As our dependance on our screens increases, we are exposing ourselves to light throughout the day, and night, thus, not giving our bodies a chance to naturally feel sleepy, causing a disruption in our restful hours. Lack of sleep negatively affects our physical and mental health in several way. Some of these ways are lethargy and fatigue. Loss of focus. An inability to carry out daily tasks. Loss of strength. Lack of motivation to exercise. Depression. Irritability.

We know that it is not easy to put away your devices, but here are some alternate suggestions. As it is the light of our devices that is the main culprit in disrupting our melatonin production, and thus our circadian rhythm, we suggest you find alternative sources of pre-bedtime entertainment. Instead of watching or reading something on your device, perhaps you can put something on to listen to instead, some calm music or a gentle podcast? Most devices these days are able to switch between day and night mode. Night mode offering a glow that is less harsh, and less blue, thus, not putting as much strain on your eyes. You can find this option in the settings of most phones.

DigiCleanse also has a few products that can assist in with developing better sleeping habits. Have a look:

*This article is for information purposes only, whether or not it resembles the advice of a physician or medical practitioner. Any advice or suggestions offered does not claim to be an alternative to professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be depended on as scientific medical guidance. The views expressed in this article are the views of DigiCleanse, and do not necessarily represent the views of the author/s.

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