Many of us know the UV rays from the sun are harmful for our eyes, and we should wear sunglasses while out and about to protect our peepers. But did you know your computer, TV, tablet, cell phone, and even those energy-efficient light bulbs are all emitting harmful blue light, which has nearly the same effect as those harmful UV rays?
When you look at the light spectrum, blue light falls right by UV light as some of the most dangerous light for our eyes. Being exposed to high amounts of blue light throughout the day has been linked to health problems such as Macular Degeneration, eye fatigue, dry eyes, and sleep disorders, including insomnia. Research shows that it may even contribute to more serious health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and even cancer.
With most of us being surrounded by technology 24/7, it’s no wonder so many of us are experiencing these health and sleep problems! All this light might be great for keeping us awake and alert during the day, but at night, it works against us by throwing off the body’s natural biological clock.
Unfortunately, it’s near impossible in today’s society to stay away from blue light. Technology allows us to work, play, and helps us connect with others, near or far. Studies show that 60% of Americans spend more than 6 hours a day in front of a digital device. We’ve all heard to turn off the cell phones and TV’s a few hours before bed to help our body induce melatonin, a hormone that influences circadian rhythms, in order to help the body prepare for a good nights sleep. But the truth is, many of us are so plugged into technology from the moment we wake until the moment our head hits the pillow, this solution seems incredibly unlikely. [Read more…]