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Sleep Like The Dead – 6 Steps

Put on sunscreen and cover up completely when you get in the sun. The sun is not good for you nor for your skin. How many times have you heard this? It is only partially right. Today we know that 20 minutes of sunshine per day (no glasses or sunscreen) helps your brain as well as your skin and your eyes. Moderation is always the key.

Light and sunlight play an important part in our lives regarding our body’s natural responses that help us fall asleep and stay asleep.

Anti-aging relies on lifestyle, nutrients, and yes, even light.  There is so much we do not know about our own bodies. Scientists are finding out more about what we need every day. We can not afford to disregard the new innovations, especially if we want to sleep like the dead.

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The Right Light To Sleep

The sun radiates waves on the complete spectrum of light, both visible and invisible to the naked eye. Too much ultraviolet light will definitely cause your skin to burn and peel. That’s when you are positive that you have had too much sun.

The red and blue light wavelengths the sun emits are important to our well-being. Too much of either color at the wrong time of day will disrupt the natural rhythms of our bodies.

Blue light from the sun is used to regulate our natural sleep and wake cycles.  Blue light also helps boost alertness, heighten reaction times, elevate moods, and increase feelings of well being. This light also suppresses the production of melatonin so it is necessary for your day rhythm.

Red light is also important to our bodies. Red light restores healthy cellular function and it increases the production of collagen and melatonin. It soothes our mood and is necessary for our night rhythm. Your body needs both wavelengths of color.

Today we get much more blue light than ever before. It is emitted from the LED and fluorescent lights in our homes. It is emitted from our electronic devices, i-pads, computer screens, smartphones, and television screens to name a few.

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Blue Light and Our Sleep

Studies have proven that blue light wavelengths are very disruptive to our sleep. It is impossible to get away from it in today’s modern world.

There are several small steps we can take to reduce the effect of too much red or blue light at the wrong time of day in our lives. It is a problem that most do not know or even understand. However, it will adversely affect your health if not properly controlled.

You should reduce the amount of the blue light in your home. Especially in the evenings when you should be winding down and beginning your sleep cycle. By adding a few red lights with the correct wavelength, the effect of so much blue light is neutralized.

You may try wearing blue light filtering glasses after sunset. You will find that you may sleep like the dead and your natural rhythms will take over, the way they were meant to.

Have you ever noticed that when you stare at your computer screen late at night you have a difficult time falling asleep? It is more than likely due to the blue light that is emitted from your screen. It is easy to say do not do computer work in the evenings but we know for many that is not a possibility.

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Blue Light And Your Computer Screen

There are alternatives. Try using a blue computer screen filter. I bet you did not know that for Windows 10 Microsoft added a blue light filter in its operating system.

To enable the Blue Light mode in Windows 10, you need to follow these steps:

Simply open the Settings app on your Windows 10 PC. Now, look for the display option and click on it.

Near the top, you’ll find a toggle below Lower blue light automatically. Now, turn this toggle to On.

After enabling Windows 10 Blue Light Filter, you need to click on Blue light settings for further options.

When the sun goes down we tend to be sleepier than during the height of the sun in the sky. Humans are very sensitive to the light-dark cycle of days and nights. Because we are circadian beings our biological processes run on a 24 hour cycle.  Our internal clock is always running. It is a part of our DNA and is inherent in all of us.

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The moral of this story is that blue light is not good for you. These are six solutions you can do to temper the excessive amounts of blue light you get on a daily basis. Your sleep can be improved.

6 Steps to Help You Sleep Like The Dead

Add some red lights in your home to neutralize some of the blue.

Use room darkening drapes at night to keep out the blue light.

Add a blue light filter to your electronic devices.

Change some of your LED and fluorescent light bulbs to warmer colors

Wear blue light filtering glasses in the evening to block out blue light.

Cover the blue emitting LED lights that you can not turn off.

Give it a try. It may be the road to that cure that you have been searching for.

Read more on Guide For Seniors about anti-aging, sleep, and more. 

 


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