There’s No Escaping Blue Light

Have you taken a moment to check your “screen time” lately? That is, are you aware of the amount of time you spend looking at your favorite electronic device?

From the moment we wake up, to the moment we attempt restful slumber, we are glued to ourelectronic devices. Whether it be an iPhone or Android, laptop, or tablet, small or large, we are infatuated with screens.

The national average for screen time usage for most Americans is 11 hours per day. If that isn’t alarming enough, constant exposure to blue light emanating from screens carries serious health risks.

The Blue Light Affect

According to the Vision Council, nearly 60 percent of Americans use digital devices for at least five hours each day. In addition to daytime use, our dependency on screens creeps into night-time use.

Do you have difficulty falling asleep? One reason could be due to blue light and its effects on melatonin levels. A shocking statistic estimates that close to 80 percent of Americans use a digital device in the hour before going to sleep.

Exposing the Good and bad

High-energy visible (HEV) blue light is a high-intensity light that, when found through natural sources such as the sun, can be a positive thing. HEV helps with our natural sleep rhythm, boosts memory, and elevates our cognitive function and mood.

Exposure to blue light becomes concerning when it reaches excessive amounts. By exposing ourselves to such volumes of blue light each day, we are at risk for eyestrain, blurred vision, sleep disruption, migraines, and in some cases, macular degeneration.

To reduce dependency on screen time, here are five tips: 

  1. Don’t look at a screen while eating (phone or TV)
  2. Leave work at work (no emails from home)
  3. Avoid all screens one hour before bed (read a book) 
  4. Set a daily screen time maximum (phones/tablets)
  5. Avoid having your phone on the nightstand (no impulse checking)

Coloring the Future

Additionally, alternatives to the above suggestions include using blue light glasses, which may help with eye strain. Major companies are also doing their part to help. Apple offers ‘night shift’ on computers and phones, which aims at filtering out blue light.  

Other companies like Zagg offer a screen protector which promises to “filter out harmful blue light” from a given devices. For now, the best actions could be opting out of screen time andgetting blue light directly from the sun.

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Name: Chris Jones

Organization: UrbanLink Media

Phone: 1-855-730-5465

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