Smartphones emit short-wavelength blue light. This blue light disrupts the production of melatonin a hormone which we start producing as darkness falls. Melatonin is needed for a good night's sleep. When melatonin production is disrupted we can have trouble falling asleep and feel tired in the morning.
Several studies have suggested that smartphones and tablets are stopping us from getting a good nights sleep. The NHS have called for a 'bedtime mode' to be installed in smartphones which will limit the amount of blue colour at night. Apps could be made more sleep friendly too; if there was the capability of reducing the colour at night.
The good news is; there are a number of steps you can take to get a better nights sleep without ditching your smartphone or tablet. Your smartphone can actually help you to get a good night's sleep and wake up feeling refreshed. The number one piece of advice is to not use your smartphone for an hour before going to bed as this allows you to wind down and switch off. Its also recommended that you don't take your smartphone to bed with you or if you must; switch it off.
If you can't bear to be parted from your smartphone or tablet at night, there are a number of android apps available from Google Play which aim to help you get a great night's sleep . There are android apps that filter out the blue light so you can relax and fall asleep easier and also apps that improve your sleep quality and analyse the best times for you to go to bed and wake up feeling refreshed.
Bluelight Filter For Eyecare is a popular app amongst the sleep deprived. This app makes it easier for you to relax and fall asleep by reducing the screen colour and limiting the amount of melatonin disrupting blue light emitted by a smartphone or tablet.
Download Bluelight Filter for Eyecare by clicking here.
f.lux is another app that focuses on reducing the blue light which is believed to disrupt melatonin production, the hormone needed to get a great night's sleep. f.lux removes the bright blue colours from your screen at night to help you get a better nights sleep and returns your screen to normal in the morning. f.lux is currently a preview version and requires a rooted device.
Click here to learn more about f.lux
Sleep Better by downloading Runtastic. This is another android app that promises to gives a simple way to improve your quality of sleep and help you improve your bedtime habits so that you wake up feeling wonderful. You can also track your sleep and monitor your dreams.
To download Runtastic click here.
Sleep Calculator is another android app which aims to improve your sleep quality. Sleep Calculator helps you to discover the best time for you to go to sleep and what time to wake up, in order to feel refreshed and energised.
To download sleep calculator here.
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