Did you know that the screens we look at every day could have a negative impact on our sleep quality? Luckily, with the help of amber lighting – the end to a poor night’s sleep could be closer than you think.
According to the National Library of Medicine, we spend roughly one-third of our life sleeping. But how much do we know about the sleep we are getting?
In this guide, we hope to teach you everything you need to know about sleep, your circadian rhythm, how screen time may negatively impact your sleep cycle, the dangers of blue light on sleep, and how to combat those dangers with different color lighting options and SleepLite technology.
How much sleep do you need?
The quality of sleep you get can be as important to your health as food and water. To keep your mind and body healthy, the National Sleep Foundation has compiled a chart that shows how much sleep you need to be getting (above).
Dangers of blue light to your eyes
Blue light can have a negative impact on the actual health of your eyes. Out of all of the color lights that our eyes absorb, blue light has the most energy due to having the shortest wavelength. Our eyes are good at blocking out UV rays from reaching the retina of the eye, but our eyes are not as good at blocking out blue light.
Over exposure to blue light may cause problems to your eyes in the forms of:
- Digital eyestrain
- Retina damage
- Macular degeneration
Use light to your advantage
Using light can actually benefit you while you sleep, if you are using the right color of light. Research has shown that warmer colored lights can trigger the production of melatonin, thus helping you sleep better. There are new lights that have been developed to emit warm color, which can help your circadian rhythm rather than harm it.
Until we can live in a world where there is no blue light emitted in our rooms while we sleep, amber/warm colored night lights provide an incredible alternative. A great solution that you can pick up today are the GE-branded LED SleepLite’s. By promoting a natural sleep cycle, this LED SleepLite works to improve your overall sleep quality.