2020 has become a reawakened digital age and technology has become more vital and relied on than ever before. From multiplication worksheets turning digital and art class being taught from YouTube tutorials to meetings being held from homes across Minnesota and beyond, it’s safe to say that hours spent staring at a screen have drastically increased. On an average day, from sunup to sundown, Americans of all ages will be glued to their phones as texts, emails, and social media notifications flood in. With daily lives constantly surrounded by technology, there is one health downfall, blue light.
Blue light is exactly what it sounds like: light with blue wavelengths—which are supposedly beneficial during daylight hours because they boost attention, reaction times, and mood. The more research that comes out, the more evidence shows that excess artificial light at night can have a profound, deleterious effect on many aspects of human health. The major interference you hear with blue light is sleep and throwing off the entire circadian rhythm, a crucial piece to leading a healthy life. Other health problems can include obesity, depression, anxiety, and certain cancers. Let alone all-around eye strain day in and day out.
Now the Device Pitstop of Maple Grove is not suggesting you toss your technology to the side completely. We want to give you a few tips and tricks to utilizing your laptops and iPhones but avoiding the damaging impacts of artificial light.
- Try to get as much natural light during the day as possible- which we understand can be hard in the dead of winter. If you can go for a walk in the middle of a work day, sit near a window or work in a space with a lot of natural light pouring through, your eyes and body will thank you.
- Change your phone and laptop light settings. You can adjust the settings to “night shift” to have a more golden hue. Other permanent options are to install an app that filters out the blue and green wavelength throughout the day and night.
- Power down at night before bed. As much as we love technology, we all need a few hours without it.
- Test out blue light blocking glasses. They make these frames in all different styles and colors and are easy to find across the internet.
These four hacks may sound simple, but it’s the small changes that can make the largest impact. Use your favorite Device Pitstop devices every day with your mind at ease, knowing your health is in check.