Now There’s a Way To Look At Your Phone Before Bed Without Ruining Your Sleep
Now there’s a way to continue your late-night Twitter-binging without hindering your ability to enjoy a good night’s sleep afterwards (you know, as long as you don’t stay up all night going down the rabbit hole of YouTube conspiracy theory videos and obsessing over your career crush’s timelines). Oh joy!
Many studies have shown that a good nocturnal routine requires you to put down your phone shortly before bedtime if you want high-quality sleep. But! Help is at hand: new research from the University of Houston’s College of Optometry suggests there’s a way to stay connected until the second your head hits the pillow. Researchers asked participants to enjoy their usual “digital routine” before bed, but while wearing ~special glasses~ that block out the blue light — a color on the light spectrum that boosts alertness and regulates your circadian rhythm — emitted from smartphones and other digital screens. After two weeks, the study found that participants wearing the glasses fell asleep faster, reported a better quality night of sleep, and slept longer than normal.
The study also found that the levels of melatonin — the hormone that’s released when our bodies are getting geared up to go to sleep — got a 58 percent boost when the blue light-blocking glasses were worn. That’s a bigger boost than what’d you get with over-the-counter melatonin supplements, according to Science Alert.
To make this work for you, you can purchase blue-light blocking glasses in a number of styles — like this fabulous safety glasses: