Be safe, use screen protection
Beyoncé sings about the green light, in the new Despicable Me 3 movie Pharrell William’s soundtrack is about yellow lights, apparently, there must be something going on with lights and their colours. In this particular post, we’re going to dig a bit deeper into blue lights and why their impact on your performance as a #careerlion.
Let’s start with why this subject is so important. Just consider the amount of time in day we spend working behind our laptops, Netflix, not even to mention the silly cat and puppy videos you watch on your smartphone. Yes, we’re quite the addicts when it comes to digital devices. All this exposure to all kinds of screens is causing digital eye strain and even sleepless nights. We all know sleep is what is helping us to perform well every day. More importantly, we’ll be elaborating on how to deal with the blue lights so you can perform and shine any day of the week.
Digital eye strain
Digital eye strain is a collection of eye- and vision related problems associated with computer use. Some of the symptoms include eyestrain, dry eyes, blurred vision, red burning eyes, light sensitivity and headaches. And all this is caused by the amount of time we spent looking at digital devices. Furthermore, the screens and displays on digital devises contain artificial blue light. Effects of artificial blue light are sleeplessness, cataracts and macular degeneration (vision loss). No need to be worried though, there are lots of solutions to reduce our artificial blue light intake.
Night shift on your smartphone/twilight app
For the ones using the iPhone there’s a pre-installed option called night shift. Whenever you turn the night shift on, the light on the screen turns into a more yellow tone. This way, less blue light is projected and conditions are met for a better beauty sleep. To make it even easier on us, the night shift can be automatically set to a fixed time every day. Not an iOS user? There’s an app called Twilight that has the same functions, but makes use of a red filter rather than yellow. Twilight can be found in the Google Playstore for Android users.
Blue light filter f.lux
Just like night shift or Twilight for smartphones, f.lux does the same thing but for your Macbook. With f.lux one can easily put in the residential location and wake up time and f.lux will adjust you Macbook’s screen with a yellow filter in the evening. The great thing about f.lux is that it keeps up with local sunrise and sunset, therefore it’s cycles are in sync with natural light outside. Another positive thing about f.lux is that it’s not exclusively for Apple users, as a beta version is available for Windows.
The night shift option, Twilight and f.lux all function well, but sometimes the yellow light is just not what you want. Especially whenever you need colour true vision whenever you’re doing something graphic and visual. For this, computer glasses were invented. Computer glasses are basically glasses without any prescription, but filter out the artificial blue light. Until some time ago these were solely available with yellow glasses. Luckily Gunnar Optiks brings us Crystalline glasses, which are just transparent! The ones that I wear are Gunnar Optik’s Vinyl glasses with crystalline lenses. These are especially great as they are not only huge (which I love so my eyes are well protected), the little spectacle feet are a life saviour for my little-Asian-bone-lacking-nose.
Have you been spending too much time on digital devices? Ever wondered why you had a bad quality of sleep after watching some 9GAG right before bedtime (guilty)? Let us know what you do to ensure a good quality of sleep.