We know, we know, we always tell you not to use a device or laptop in bed and never just before you’re about to snooze. Yet realistically, we all wake up and immediately check emails, and we all love a good Netflix session in the evenings.
Studies show now that the ‘blue light’ emitted from screens on mobile phones, tablets, computers and televisions are more harmful than first thought on the eyes. The artificial light produced by these devices activates your brain’s ‘awake’ signals – keeping your brain active even when you want it to relax and let you nod off. This in turn manipulates your circadian rhythm (essentially, your internal clock that lets you know when you need to rest) and can throw it off, keeping you awake when you need to be sleeping. A disrupted circadian rhythm means your body won’t allow sleep until later, and it’ll be a lighter sleep cycle: so, then as you wake in the morning, it’s harder to get up and go.
Your eyes absorb melatonin to influence the body’s natural clock, but blue light suppresses this, hindering your body’s capability to cycle in the way it should.
There’s been lots of research into the best way to block out this light from eyes to a manageable, safe level that won’t stimulate the senses. Protective eyewear was created, but with yellow tinted lenses; yet the newest scientific research shows that red tinted lenses are the safest and most protective solution.
Carbonshades created new lenses that were proven to block 99.8% of the total light across the entire spectrum, easily beating previous protective lens products made with yellow or orange tints. This was achieved when the team realised that it wasn’t just blue light causing unintentional stimulation, but some shades of green too. This made the ‘melanopic action spectrum’ (ie range) of lights to be neutralised wider. The polycarbonate red lenses suppress the light that blocks melatonin, so your eyes can bask in the glory of more of it, allowing your circadian rhythm to ease you into the evening and night time in the way it’s intended to.
Simply donning the glasses for a few hours in the afternoon and evening before you slip into bed will help protect your eyes enough that you should find it much easier to grab some z’s. You won’t consciously notice your brain relaxing more than usual but it will also result in longer, better quality sleep as it’s able to shut down and repair itself more effectively than before.
Shop the Carbonshades range now and give them a try. When you see how good they look, you’ll soon be wearing them all day long!